Postdoc­toral Re­searcher, Lin­guist­ics

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 May 2022

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The University of Helsinki Faculty of Arts ( ) is Finland’s oldest and largest unit of teaching and research in the arts in terms of the organization and selection of its disciplines. The Faculty is also a significant international community of research, education and culture.

The project Negation in clause combining: Typological and usage-based perspectives (NiCC) is funded by the Academy of Finland and housed in the General Linguistics unit at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts. The project website can be accessed via .

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of


for a fixed term period starting latest 1 September 2022 until 31.8.2024, to contribute to the project Negation in clause combining: Typological and usage-based perspectives (NiCC).

The project, with professor Matti Miestamo as PI, investigates negation in clause combining in a typological and usage-based perspective. The goals of the project include describing and understanding the world-wide cross-linguistic variation in the expression of negation in dependent clauses and clause-combining more generally. Special attention will be paid to the languages of Northern Eurasia and additional areal foci may be considered according to the new postdoc’s expertise. The corpus-based and typological perspectives will complement each other in many ways and corpus work will allow for the testing of proposed explanations of cross-linguistic findings. The postdoc to be hired is expected to work especially on languages in the areal focus of the project (Northern Eurasia or an alternative/additional focus depending on the appointee’s expertise). This work will go deeper into the typology of clause-combining in that area, with denser sampling that will also allow us to address diachronic and areal issues on a more detailed level.

We welcome applicants with a background in linguistic typology or typologically oriented work on a specific language family or geographical area. Researchers working on the languages of Northern Eurasia are especially welcome to apply but other areal foci may also be considered. Research experience on negation and/or complex sentences will be considered an advantage.


An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in general linguistics or some other field of language study relevant to the theme of the project. Moreover, they are expected to have the ability to conduct independent academic research and to teach at the university level. The candidates are also expected to have excellent knowledge of English.

An appointee must be able to provide a clear contribution to the project and to its general development, together with the PI, postdocs, visiting researchers and graduate students working as research assistants. To fulfil the research requirements of the position, the applicant chosen is expected to be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate in the research and teaching activities of the project. The position includes a small teaching duty.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The salary shall be based on level 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The annual gross salary range will be approx. €41.000 – 45.000 depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, occupational healthcare will be provided. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.


Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via SAP Fiori.

The deadline for applications is 10 May 2022.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English as a single pdf file:

  • A curriculum vitae (max 4 pages).
  • A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold their five key publications to be considered during the review. (You do not need to send copies of the publications themselves.)
  • A statement (max 2 pages) outlining how the applicant’s expertise could contribute to the project’s overall research aims.
  • A research plan of the applicant’s own research (max 4 pages) with an outline of how the study would contribute to the areal foci of the project.

For instructions, please see .

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and minorities. Further information about the position, and about the project may be obtained from Prof. Matti Miestamo ( ). In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact .

Due date

10.05.2022 23:59 EEST

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