Fixed-term, 3 years Post-doctoral Researcher for the LINGUINDIC Project
Deadline for applications: Monday 28 March 2022 at noon.
Post to commence 1st September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Overview of the role
Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI) Dr John Lowe. The post holder will be a member of the research project Linguistics from India: new ideas for modern linguistics from Ancient India (LINGUINDIC), funded by the European Research Council. They will be responsible for carrying out research on ancient Indian linguistic thought and its connections with modern linguistics. They will contribute to building an online database of Indian linguistic thought, will author articles and a monograph in collaboration with and under the supervision of the PI. The post holder will have expertise in both Sanskrit (with particular reference to vyākaraṇa and the Indian linguistic tradition more generally) and in modern (Western) linguistics.
Duties of the post
The postholder will work collaboratively with the PI and other members of the project, with the following duties:
• Manage his/her own academic research and related administrative activities. This involves small scale project management and co-ordinating multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines.
• Draw together and synthesize existing work and analysis of ancient Indian grammatical thought, and build an online database presenting this information in a useable and accessible way for scholars of modern linguistics.
• Undertake detailed examinations of previously unstudied or understudied texts from the ancient Indian grammatical tradition, reviewing and refining current theories, drawingout new approaches and insights and where appropriate applying these to contemporary issues in modern linguistic thought.
• Adapt existing and develop new research methodologies, drawing on pertinent scholarship from other disciplines as required.
• Actively contribute to the preparation of LINGUINDIC’s conference, which will be held in year year 4 of the project.
• Collaborate in the preparation and writing of a monograph and other research publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles.
• Represent the research group at external meetings or seminars, and presenting project results in the form of papers and posters at national and international conferences or public meetings, either with other members of the group or alone.
• Contributing to the writing of grant reports, including milestone reports and final reports at the end of the project.
• Acting as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on specific features of ancient Indian and modern Western linguistic thought, based on the postholder’s expertise and experience.
• Contribute ideas for new research projects, and develop ideas for generating research income.
• Other duties necessary to fulfil the aims of the project, as directed by the PI.
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