We are seeking candidates in the field of evolutionary genetics with a focus on genetics of language to identify the demographic and biological forces that shaped the global spread and diversification of languages over deep time. The aim of this professorship is to establish interdisciplinary research and further the integration of evolutionary biology into the NCCR 'Evolving Language' by building on and complementing the strengths of the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies. Considering the rapid advance of evolutionary genetics and genomics, the conceptual and methodological collaboration of researchers studying humans, other vertebrates, insects, plants, and microorganisms is increasingly important in evolutionary biology. The successful candidate will advance our knowledge on the genetics of language by applying cutting-edge approaches, such as population genetic analyses, association and functional studies, ancient DNA, or phylogenetic analysis to infer patterns of demography and selection. The ideal candidate shall further demonstrate an invested interest in the evolution of languages and animal communication systems. The professor will be expected to teach at the bachelor, master and PhD level in the area of Evolutionary Biology, and supervise PhD students, also across faculty programs (Faculty of Science and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences). We further welcome active participation in regional, national, and international societies and committees.
UZH sees researchers as modern leaders who conduct excellent research - taking into account the Open Science principles - through their own research projects as well as the promotion of excellent junior researchers, and who help shape a future-oriented University with innovative research-based teaching. UZH provides generous research support, including dedicated funds for personnel, running expenses and competitive start-up packages. Additionally, the successful applicant is expected to acquire external research funding. Zurich’s scientific environment encompasses a rich spectrum of diverse activities.
Assistant professors tenure track are typically evaluated for tenure after 6 years. The employment conditions for this position follow UZH's legal regulations including part-time options. UZH is an equal-opportunities employer, and the Faculty of Science, in particular, strives to increase the percentage of women and underrepresented groups in leading positions. Therefore, qualified female researchers and others from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Care-time interruptions are considered during the evaluation of all applicants.
Zurich’s open-minded and family-friendly city combines the vibrant cultural scene in a modern European city with convenient access to its beautiful natural surroundings.
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Please upload your application to www.mnf.uzh.ch/geneticslanguage by 26 November 2023.
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Marta Manser (email@example.com).