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PhD candidate in Linguistics (specialisation African languages)

Vacancy number
Function type
PhD positions
Hours (in fte)
1.0 FTE
External/ internal
Placed on
12 December 2017
Closing date
20 January 2018

One day left to apply

Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics has a vacancy for a PhD candidate in Linguistics (specialisation African languages) (1.0 FTE).


Project Description

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is hosting a research project entitled ‘Bantu Syntax and Information Structure’ (BaSIS).
The project will investigate the morphosyntactic expression of information structure in nine Bantu languages to establish which aspects of information structure play a role in nominal licensing, with the aim to contribute to both the systematic description of these languages and a more encompassing model of syntax.

Key responsibilities

The candidate is supposed to carry out the following tasks:

  • Conducting original research (including fieldwork) on the Cameroonian language Tunen;
  • Writing a PhD thesis;
  • Submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Presenting papers at (international) conferences;
  • Some teaching;
  • Organizing and participating in discussion groups, seminars, workshops within LUCL.

Selection criteria

  • A completed Master or equivalent degree in linguistics by the start of the position (1 September 2018); 

  • Fieldwork experience or demonstrable affinity with it;
  • Demonstrable affinity with syntax, theoretical and descriptive linguistics; 

  • Proficiency in English and French (or the intention and ability to reach this within a short period);
  • A pro-active and creative attitude and excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to work with databases is a pre;
  • Ability to work independently; 

  • Social and organizational competencies.

Research at our faculty/ institute

The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 7,000 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague.

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".

Terms and conditions

Appointment will be according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten). The employment will be for a period of four years (first a contract of 18 months with an extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility), starting 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. The gross monthly salary is set on €2,222 in the first year, increasing to €2,840 gross per month in the final year.

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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


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


For questions on the content, do not hesitate to contact Jenneke van der Wal, or on practical matters Maarit van Gammeren.

More vacancies and Information via https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/vacancies.


Applicants are asked to submit the following with the application:

  • A letter stating your motivation for the position;
  • CV;
  • References: the names and contact details (e-mail address) of two persons whom we may contact for further information;
  • A one-page essay on the research of the PhD subproject within the larger BaSIS project (e.g. possible research questions, hypotheses, relevance, methods, etc.);
  • A writing sample (essay or MA thesis).

Please submit these documents in one file, containing documents 1 to 5 (PDF or Word file), using your last name as document name (e.g. BROWN.pdf).

Applications should be sent by email via the blue button at the top of this text, clearly indicating the vacancy number. The selection procedure will take place in February 2018, with interviews taking place on Monday 26 February 2018.