Research Associate in Historical Iranian Linguistics (Fixed Term)
The Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge
invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of
Historical Iranian Linguistics.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate would work in the research team of the
ERC-funded project 'Echoes of Vanishing Voices in the Mountains: A Linguistic
History of Minorities in the Near East' (ALHOME) under the direction of
Professor Geoffrey Khan. The project aims to reconstruct the complex,
socioreligious past of Aramaic-speaking and Kurdish-speaking communities in
Western Asia through a study of the history and interrelationship of their
Key activities associated with the role include:
The historical interpretation of Iranian linguistic data and the
assembling of new data from the relevant Iranian languages of the region,
as well as investigating the linguistic convergence between Neo-Aramaic
Collaborating with Neo-Aramaic specialists and a Kurdish linguistics
specialist in the analysis of these convergences and divergences using,
where relevant, computer-generated models.
Make core contributions to a linguistic atlas that maps the Neo-Aramaic
dialects and the Iranian languages of the region.
Undertake new research relating to the Iranian languages of the region and
publish this in the form of single authored monograph and academic papers
in peer-reviewed journals.
Carry out administrative tasks relating to the project.
Participation in the wider activities of the linguistics community in
Cambridge, including contributions to seminars and assistance in grant-
Teaching of Iranian languages to the ERC project team.
Applicants must have:
A PhD in the field of Iranian Languages and Linguistics.
Expertise in Kurdish and Gorani dialects, as well as their classification
and historical background.
A good knowledge of the basic principles of historical and contact
Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
A willingness to take on administrative tasks as necessary.
A demonstrable commitment to working in a team.
A basic familiarity with Neo-Aramaic dialects and cultures and the social
history of the region would be an advantage.
Funding for this post is available until 31 August 2025.
The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Monday 4th
October2021. We expect to hold interviews in the week commencing 11th October
2021 subject to change.
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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge
14 September 2021
4 October 2021