Vacancy: postdoctoral researcher in historical linguistics (filled)


This position has been filled.


The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), one of the institutes of the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, is hosting a research programme entitled “The Linguistic Past of Mesoamerica and the Andes: A search for early migratory relations between North and South America” funded by the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant). This programme focuses on the identification of linguistic, genetic and archaeological relations between Mesoamerica and the Middle Andes before European contact. It is conducted in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany).

As of February 2014 (or 1 June 2014 at the latest) we are looking for:

A postdoctoral researcher in historical linguistics

(3 years, 38 hrs a week)
Faculty of Humanities, vacancy number: 13-331.

Research at LUCL

Leiden University has a longstanding tradition in research in the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise. LUCL combines current theoretical insights and modern experimental methods in its research profile area ‘Language Diversity in the World’. For more information, see:

Your profile

The candidate should have:

  • PhD in linguistics completed.
  • Knowledge of historical linguistics including both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Elementary knowledge of Spanish.
  • Familiarity with a Quechuan or an Aymaran language, preferably both.

The candidate is supposed to carry out the following tasks

  • Investigating the external genetic relations of the Quechuan and Aymaran language families in Andean South America.
  • Making a reconstruction of Proto-Aymaran (phonological,  morphological, lexical)
  • Actively participating in project discussions
  • Participating in activities of the research team

What we offer

The position is for three years with a full-time appointment. Initially the employee will receive a one year contract. Salary range from gross € 2.427,- to € 3.831,- per month (pay scale 10), commensurate with qualifications, with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.  

How to apply

Applicants are kindly requested to submit the following documents electronically (in English): 

  1. A letter stating your motivation for the position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. References: the names of two persons whom we may contact for further information.
  4. Copies of your academic transcripts
  5. Copy of your PhD thesis and other relevant publications in English that is representative for your research qualities

Please submit these documents in two files:

I – containing documents 1 to 4 ( PDF or Word file,) using your last name underscore 1 as document name (e.g. BROWN_1.pdf).
II – containing document 5 (PDF or Word file), using your last name underscore 2 as document name (e.g. BROWN_2.pdf).
If the documents are not in the requested format, the application will not be taken into account.

For further information on this project please contact: Prof. Dr. (Willem Adelaar) or on practical matters (Marianne Boere).

Applicants should submit their application (documents as described above) before 20 December 2013. Applications should be sent to, clearly indicating the application number. The selection procedure will take place in January and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in the second  half of January or February 2014.You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.