Postdoctoral researcher in formal linguistics
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Postdoctoral researcher in formal linguistics

Belgium 16 Aug 2021


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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(ref. BAP-2021-405)

Laatst aangepast : 21/05/2021

The Center for Research in Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology (CRISSP) at KU Leuven invites submissions for a three-year postdoctoral position in formal linguistics. The postdoc will become a project member of the project entitled "Comparatives under the microscope" (COMIC). The goal of the COMIC-project is to develop a fully integrated analysis of analytic comparative constructions that takes into account the (fine-grained) morphology of the comparative marking, the syntax of standard markers, as well as the semantics of comparatives.


Your tasks include (a) developing a compositional semantic analysis of comparatives, with a focus both on the comparative morphology of the adjective and on the syntax and morphology of the standard marker, (b) working towards an integrated analysis of comparatives that takes into account recent findings about the fine-grained morphological and syntactic distinctions found in comparatives and their standard markers, (c) co-supervising the PhD-students working on the COMIC-project. As described in the project description (see, this position corresponds to Work Package \#3 and a part of Work Package \#4. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will be expected to play an active role in the day-to-day activities of CRISSP and to participate in (the organisation of) reading groups, seminars, lecture series, workshops, etc. (See for an overview of our activities.)

  • a PhD in linguistics, with a specialization either in formal semantics or in formal syntax. In both cases, your work should be demonstrably focused on the interaction between syntax and semantics.
  • a curious, enterprising, and creative mind; excellent analytical skils
  • a proven track record of high quality linguistic research
  • experience in  (PhD-)student supervision and/or teaching experience is considered an asset
  • fluency in both written and spoken English
  • an interest in relating intricate language patterns to advanced linguistic theorizing
  • an ability to work both independently and to function in a group


CRISSP offers an environment where intellectual creativity and independence are encouraged to thrive. We foster the lively exchange of ideas, and provide strong intellectual, moral, and logistical support to our PhD students, postdocs, and other collaborators.

The position will start in October 2021. It is a three-year position. Remuneration is in accordance with the official Belgian scales for academic personnel and bursaries, which offer internationally highly competitive pay (see for more information).


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck, tel.: +32 16 37 79 36, mail: or Prof. dr. Guido Vanden Wyngaerd, tel.: +32 2 609 88 83, mail:

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