Postdoctoral position in Indo-European Linguistics

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 25 Jun 2021

The department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Indo-European linguistics to be filled by September 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is for 12 months.

The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS) provides the setting for international research and education from BA to PhD studies within linguistics and language technology, Indo-European studies, literature, media, culture, and gender studies. At NorS we do research, dissemination and teaching in the areas of Nordic cultural heritage and in modern sociolinguistic and technological approaches to language. We work with philological disciplines such as manuscript and literature studies, with name research, language change, computational cognitive modelling, and human language technology.

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The Postdoc will participate in the research project Connecting the Dots: Reconfiguring the Indo-European family tree (2019–2023), funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project seeks to determine the higher-order branching structure of the Indo-European language family on the basis of a refined methodological approach to linguistic subgrouping. The principal investigator of the project is Associate Professor Thomas Olander.

The postdoctoral position involves research in the higher-order phylogenetics of the Indo-European language family, including methodological problems as well as problems regarding the position of individual branches with respect to other branches and to the over-all branching structure of the family tree. Since Anatolian and Tocharian, possibly the two first branches to separate, are not the primary focus of the project, the postdoctoral researcher should focus on the non-Anatolian and non-Tocharian branches.

The postdoctoral researcher will be part of the research center Roots of Europe , which currently includes nine researchers from Denmark and abroad.

The applicant is expected to collaborate closely with the members of the Connecting the Dots project and with the researchers associated with the center, and to participate in conferences and meetings arranged by these projects and the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics .

Qualification requirements
To be considered for the position applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within a relevant field.

It is expected that the successful applicant will have

  • A PhD degree or equivalent in the field of Indo-European Linguistics

It is an advantage if the applicant has

  • Previous experience with research in linguistic phylogenetics.
  • Knowledge of computational linguistic phylogenetics, including knowledge of one or more relevant programming language(s) (R, Python, RevBayes, BEAST / BEASTling)
  • A basic knowledge of the archaeology at the relevant time depth (Late Neolithic and Bronze Age

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013:

For further information about the position, please contact Head of department Anne Jensen ( or Associate Professor Thomas Olander (

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of how the applicant will contribute to the deliverables in the project description.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German and English can be expected to be assessed.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Further information about the application procedure is available from Mette Christensen (HR), e-mail: Please refer to ID number 211-0783/21-2I.

Salary and conditions of employment
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 34,899.55 + 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please read more here:

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here :, and

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 25 June 2021 23:59 *CEST.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

*(Central european summertime=CEST/CET = normaltme)

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