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Last modified: 15/03/2021

Are you interested in joining us:

  • on a PhD / postdoc position?
  • with an international mobility grant ?

Get a PhD or PostDoc position

The following list gives an overview of all NCCR-related positions that are currently advertised at research institutions across Switzerland. Please click on individual links to get more information about individual positions and application deadlines. If you would like to know more about individual themes and projects, please click here.

  • We are looking for someone to reinforce our research team on the evolutionary origins of human cognition. The research project is to investigate how wild chimpanzees use communication as a potential ‘teaching’ tool, using both behavioural observations and field experiments (www.budongo.org).

    We aim to shortlist applicants with an MSc degree, a relevant training background (biology, psychology, anthropology or similar), strong interest in animal cognition and advanced scientific writing and data analysis skills. Of additional relevance are field experience and strong reference letters.

    The successful candidate is expected to work full-time on research, with only modest teaching and administrative obligations. The project will require 18-24 months of fieldwork, split into 2-3 periods. The position is fully funded for a maximum of 4 years, with a budget for travel expenses.

    The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers working on the origins and future of language (www.evolvinglanguage.ch). The project will be co-supervised by Klaus Zuberbühler (Univ of Neuchatel) and Josep Call (Univ of St Andrews), based at the University of Neuchatel with the possibility of establishing a cotutelle with the University of St Andrews.

    Please email your application as a merged pdf file, consisting of a 1-page cover letter, 1-page CV and contact details of two referees to

    Application deadline: 30 April 2021. Earliest start date: 1 July 2021 (negotiable).

Visit our NCCR on an international mobility grant

Are you doing research in a field relevant to the NCCR and would like to visit a Swiss research institution on an international mobility grant? We will be happy to help you find a host lab at one of our partner institutions and support your application with a reference letter.

We regularly retweet the calls of major mobility grants that we are happy to support, so we invite you to check our Twitter account and / or get in touch with us by contacting us via grants@evolvinglanguage.ch .