WA 63/20

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The Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) is a non-university research institute under public law of the state of Berlin. Within the department “Modeling and Simulation of Complex Processes“, we are offering at January 1st 2021 to December 31th 2022 (project end) 

a research position (m/f/d)
(Postdoc) reference code: WA 63/20
pay grade E13 TV-L Berlin (100%) 

within the excellence cluster MATH+ for the project entitled “The evolution of Ancient Egyptian - Quantitative and Non-Quantitative Mathematical Linguistics”. 


Evidence of changes in historical processes in ancient cultures can be found in textual sources. It can be found not only in the content of these texts, but also in their linguistic change. Mathematics can reveal these changes. Research questions from linguistics and cultural history can be transformed into algebraic questions. 

Job description 

The MATH+-funded project "The evolution of Ancient Egyptian - Quantitative and Non-Quantitative Mathematical Linguistics" includes the following topics: 

  • Supporting the clustering of ancient Egyptian texts, 
  • Development of a mathematical theory for the (algebraic) formalization of comparative text analysis or of clustering of general texts, 
  • Delimination of the theory from existing approaches and concepts of computer-based linguistics. 


A doctoral degree / PhD in Mathematics (or in a similar suitable research field) 

Your profile 

  • good knowledge of algebra (especially commutative algebra, or knowledge of Boolean rings), 
  • Programming skills (e.g. in Python, Matlab, or similar), 
  • possibly also knowledge in the field of spectral clustering, 
  • interests in close cooperation with researchers of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the study of linguistic and philological questions related to ancient Egyptian texts, 
  • very good English language skills.

We are offering friendly working atmosphere with flexible work and meeting times, excellent equipment and a challenging professional environment. 

As well as 

  • a varied, future-oriented and responsible field of activity, 
  • a comprehensive training in a competent and cooperative team, 
  • additional pension scheme (VBL), 
  • 30 days annual leave, flexible working hours (flexitime), 
  • payment in accordance with TV-L (Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the federal states), taking into account the relevant professional experience and annual special payment, 

Although the position is advertised full-time, a part-time agreement is also possible. 

The candidature of women is encouraged. Since women are underrepresented in information technology, ZIB is trying to increase the proportion of women in this research area. 

Persons with disabilities will be given preference when equally qualified. 

Please send your application, quoting the reference code WA 63/20, including a cover letter containing a statement of your research interests, a CV in tabular form with list of publications, academic transcripts, and contact details of two references, by December 1st, 2020 (date of receipt) to 

Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB)
- Administration -
Takustr. 7 
14195 Berlin

or electronically as pdf-form to: jobszib.de. 

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For further information about the position, please refer to our website www.zib.de or contact PD Dr. Marcus Weber (weberzib.de). 

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