Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

SOAS University of London - School of East Asian Languages and Cultures

This post is fixed-term until 31 August 2020 in principle, subject to the availability of funds. The post is only guaranteed until 31 August 2018 in the first instance.

The role and its responsibilities

The Post-Doctoral Research Assistant will work closely with the Principal Investigator on collaborative research projects and publications using philological, comparative, and computational approaches to the languages and linguistics of the Sino-Tibetan family, and will support the broader aims and activities of the research project as a whole.

A high degree of computer literacy, ideally including knowledge of one or more programming languages, is required. The appointee will have a high degree of self-motivation and a demonstrable pride in the quality of written work and research previously undertaken. The ability to keep careful records and referencing is essential.

Skills and experience

PhD in linguistics or other relevant discipline, with a strong background in historical linguistics and the comparative method (such as in Indo-European or Semitic) is essential. The ability to code in one or more computer language (in particular Python or Javascript) and knowledge of or experience in working with a Sino-Tibetan language are highly desirable. The applicant should have the ability to synthesise complex arguments and write in bold and clear prose. Ability to read Chinese will be an advantage.

Further information

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Dr Nathan W. Hill (e: or t: 020 7898 4512).

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 East Asian Languages and Cultures

The School of East Asian Languages and Cultures’ (EALC) expertise in the languages and cultures of China, Inner Asia, Japan, and Korea covers one of the oldest yet most dynamic and important regions of the world. Our interdisciplinary degree programmes mean we have close ties with other disciplines across SOAS, and with the SOAS China Institute (SCI), home to the largest community of Chinese Studies scholars in Europe. An important part of our undergraduate programmes focuses on language acquisition, and our students and staff are required to develop and maintain a language competence and literacy in the culture of their specialisation.

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Closing date: 12th October 2017.

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

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing: 30th October 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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