Postdoctoral Research Assistant

SOAS University of London - School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

The role and its responsibilities

The successful candidate for this role will work closely with Dr Christopher Lucas on the AHRC Leadership Fellows project ‘Arabic and contact-induced language change’, collecting linguistic data from native speakers of different Arabic dialects resident in London, co-editing a handbook on the topic of the project, and assisting in the organisation of workshops and conferences associated with the project. The goal of the project is to push forward understanding in three understudied domains with significant potential for fruitful integration, namely: theoretical modelling of contact-induced language change; the role of language and dialect contact in the evolution of Arabic and its neighbours; best practice in LADO language analysis for the determination of origin in relation to Arabic.

Skills and experience

Applicants must hold a doctorate on a topic in Arabic or historical linguistics and have had a broad training in one or more of the following areas: general structural linguistics; Arabic dialectology; historical linguistics. They should be native or near-native speakers of both Arabic and English. They should have a high standard of written English, for both academic and non-academic audiences, and the ability to edit the academic writing of others. The ability to plan and conduct primary linguistic research is essential, as is either experience working with LaTeX or the abillity to learn to use LaTeX.

Further information

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Christopher Lucas,

Competitive benefits package

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and additional School closure days pro rata for part time staff
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket and IT equipment
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial support for childcare

About the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics is a new structure within SOAS, housing academics engaged in teaching and research in the languages, cultures and linguistics of Africa, the Middle East, South, and South East Asia. Linguists from the school are currently engaged in externally funded research projects on a range of topics, including the typology of negation PI Irina Nikolaeva , engaged humanities PI Julia Sallabank , morphosyntactic variation in Bantu PI Lutz Marten , multilingualism in West Africa PI Friederike Lüpke , and the history of Sino-Tibetan languages PI Nathan Hill .

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing: 4th September 2017

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.  

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