PhD position in Phonology at The Meertens Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

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The Meertens Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full time PhD position in phonology.

The succesful applicant receives a training within the Dutch LOT-system, participating in the LOT Summer and Winter Schools.

He/she will carry out research within the group Variation Linguistics of the Meertens Institute.

The research should lead to a dissertation.

The contract will be for 2 years and 8 months, but can be extended 4 months if the prospects for a thesis are favorable.

The starting date is March 1, or as soon as possible if that is convenient for the prospective candidate.

The research is to be carried out in the context of the NWO-funded program Tone and Intrasegmental Structure in West-Germanic.

This project aims to develop a typology of processes in West-Germanic dialects where segments and tone interact, and to work out an explanation of the attested phenomena in terms of formal phonology.

Specifically it investigates Limburg dialects, in the South East of the Netherlands, and the dialects spoken in the adjacent areas in Germany and Belgium.

A description of this project can be found at:

The project is supervised by Ben Hermans, Marc van Oostendorp (both at the Meertens Institute) and Paul Boersma (Institute of Phonetic Sciences at the University of Amsterdam).

The Meertens Institute is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Linguistic research at the Meertens Institute concentrates on the study of linguistic variation in the Netherlands from a variety of perspectives.

The ideal candidate holds a strong Master’s degree in theoretical linguistics, or in Germanic linguistics, with emphasis on phonology.

He or she should have thorough knowledge of German or Dutch.

The salary is determined by the Dutch scale CAO-OI and amounts appr. to:

first year EUR 1903;

second year EUR 2217;

third year EUR 2322.

They should include a cover letter, a CV and two references.

They should be addressed to Ben Hermans or Marc van Oostendorp at:

ben.hermans [at]

marc.van.oostendorp [at]

Please direct futher questions to either of these two addresses.

Contact Information:

Ben Hermans

Email: ben.hermans [at]

For more information on the Meertens Institute, and the Institute of Phonetic Sciences, please refer to: PhD position in Phonology

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