Utrecht University is looking for an excellent candidate for a PhD position in a research project on drum languages. Candidates should be able to carry out outstanding academic work in one of the following areas: linguistic fieldwork and theorizing, computational linguistics or cognitive musicology.
The project is funded by NWO
by way of a Free Competition project awarded to the principal
investigator Prof. Y. Winter. It is the first extensive linguistic and
experimental study of the drum languages, specifically as used by
This PhD project aims to study drum language from one of the following perspectives: empirical, computational or musicological. It follows previous work done by the PI (Winter, Y., Language 90, 2014). Candidates are expected to have an excellent background in linguistics (theoretical, computational or descriptive) or in cognitive musicology. Ideally, candidates should be able and prepared to carry out fieldwork for a period of six months.
– Analyzing existing data, and/or carrying out fieldwork among Wolof
speaking musicians in Senegal, and/or with other communities using drum
– Organizing and documenting the data collected during fieldwork in a reusable format;
– Embedding the results within a coherent theory of drum languages, informed by recent advances in theoretical linguistics and cognitive science;
– Presenting results at workshops and conferences, and publishing them as peer-reviewed articles in international journals;
– Participation in selected training programme scheduled for the research Institute, graduate School and the National research School;
– Teaching undergraduate courses;
– Completing and defending a PhD thesis within four years.
– A (soon to be completed) research Master’s degree in (theoretical,
computational or descriptive) linguistics or cognitive musicology
– Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English;
– An outstanding record of work in the Master’s degree;
– Excellent communicational skills and ability to work in a heterogeneous team;
– Proven experience in fieldwork and/or analysis of raw data collected from speakers of understudied languages and/or cognitive musicology is a strong advantage;
– Proven musical experience is a strong advantage;
– Fluency in Wolof or French, or a proven ability to quickly master foreign languages is a strong advantage.
Your application should include digital copies of:
– Application form – to be downloaded from http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad/sabar/form.html
– CV including full personal and academic details;
– Certified copies of relevant diplomas and grade transcripts;
– Master’s thesis (or a draft thereof), and any other publication you can provide;
– Names and full contact details of two academic referees.
The application deadline is August 22, 2019.