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Phd Position in South-American Historical and Comparative Linguistics

Leiden University, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) of the Faculty of Humanities is looking for candidates for a Phd Position in South-American Historical and Comparative Linguistics

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Cleveringaplaats, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 38 uur


The Descriptive and Comparative Linguistics group at the Leiden University Center for Linguistics (LUCL) invites applicants for a PhD position in South-American historical and comparative linguistics. The main task of the PhD candidate will be to reconstruct socio-historical relationships between Pano, Arawak, and Andean groups in central Peru, based on a comparison of lexical and structural linguistic data. In cooperation with the other team members, these linguistic data are supplemented with geographical, ethnological, and genetic data, in cooperation with the other members of the project.

The project is funded by Rik van Gijn’s ‘ERC Consolidator’ grant. In the context of this project we offer a unique chance to work in a truly multi-disciplinary context, which gives you the possibility to expand your horizon to other disciplines, cooperate with experienced scholars, and contribute to creating new knowledge about the history of South America. We furthermore offer close supervision and support in developing, operationalizing, and presenting your ideas.

Key responsibilities

  • Completing a PhD thesis within four years;
  • Publishing at least one article in a peer-reviewed journal;
  • Participation in meetings of the project research group;
  • Presenting papers at conferences.


  • MA degree in linguistics or related discipline (we will also consider degrees in anthropology and/or computational linguistics if affinity with historical linguistics can be shown);
  • Demonstrable training in comparative and historical linguistics, and an affinity with contact linguistics and South American indigenous languages and cultures;
  • Fluent in English, preferably also in Spanish; Portuguese is considered an advantage;
  • Experience with database work and programming skills are considered an advantage.


We offer a position of 18 months, with the possibility of an extension of 30 months after a positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility. In total the employment will be for a period of four years and must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Salary range from €2,325.- in the first year, to €2,972.- gross per month in the final year. Appointment will be according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at Job application procedure and employment conditions.

Additional information

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

For further information on this project please contact Dr. Rik van Gijn, email: e.van.gijn@hum.leidenuniv.nl, or on practical matters Maarit van Gammeren, email: m.s.k.van.gammeren@hum.leidenuniv.nl.