Postdoctoral Position in Language Science

University of Zurich


Post-Doctoral Position inĀ Language Science

The NCCR Evolving Language ( invites applications for the position(s) of a PhD candidate / Postdoctoral Researcher in an interdisciplinary project on the evolution of language in a neuroscience perspective.

The NCCR is a Swiss National Center of Competence in Research with the goal of creating a new discipline, Evolutionary Language Science, that targets the past and future of language. The center consists of leading scientists from traditionally separated academic domains, which allows us to harvest the diverse expertise from the humanities, social sciences, computational sciences, natural sciences and medicine towards a broadscale interdisciplinary collaboration.

The project focuses on the question of neurobiological implementation of hierarchical linguistic representations, posed from a broad perspective of neural hierarchy across cognitive domains and species.

Your responsibilities

Employment is at 80% FTE and includes within this about 20% teaching. The position is a training opportunity and the successful candidates are expected to use the remaining unpaid 20% for their own further training and skill development.

Your profile

We are looking for candidates with a neuroscience background (a Master's degree in basic neuroscience or similar) and interest in the issue of neural encoding, neural computation, brain oscillations including in the domain of language. The ideal candidate is keen on engaging with evolutionary questions and on leaving their comfort zone in a highly multidisciplinary research environment.

Solid programming skills and knowledge of statistics will be considered a strong advantage. Experience with human neuroimaging is a plus. Excellent oral and written communication in English is required.

The NCCR Evolving Language places great emphasis on teamwork and multidisciplinary perspectives. Strong communication and collaboration skills are essential.

We take gender balance and diversity seriously in our hiring decisions: applications from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged.

What we offer

UZH offers excellent opportunities and strong support for career development. Salaries are internationally competitive: Salary ranges, guidelines for employees in SNF-funded projects (PDF).

The post-doctoral position is limited to two years with a potential extension by agreement.

Place of work

The position is primarily located at the Department of Comparative Language Science at the University of Zurich (UZH) but the NCCR supports exchange with other departments in its network, particularly with the neuroscience community at the University of Geneva.

Start of employment

July 2024 or soon thereafter.

Please submit your application by 15 May 2024. To apply, please send us the following documents as a single PDF (in English):
  • a cover letter (1.5 pages max, describing your research interests, previous experiences, career goals, and motivation to apply for this position)
  • a detailed CV
  • the transcripts from your previous studies and/or copy of highest academic diploma
  • the contact information (name, position, and e-mail address) of two references
  • (if available) a maximum two samples of your own work (e.g., masters thesis, scientific essays / student research papers / publications; one can send the full pdf or provide a link to the resources if available online)

Further information

In your application, please refer to


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