since April 2007: Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics and English Language, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester
2004–2007: Professor of Linguistics at the University of Graz, Austria
2003–2004: Lecturer in Language Documentation and Description; Linguistics; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK
2002–2003: Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
1999–2001: Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics at the University of Bochum, Germany
2000: PhD in Linguistics, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Distinction)
1999: Grantee of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies (AIATSIS), 3 months
1995–1998: PhD Fellowship with the Language and Cognition group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
1992–1994: Research Associate, University of Bielefeld, Germany
1992: MA in Linguistics, Phonetics and Musicology, University of Cologne, Germany (Distinction)
Between 1993 and present, I have spent approximately 40 months doing fieldwork on Jaminjung, Ngaliwurru, Ngarinyman and Kriol in Northern Australia.
I am a member of the editorial boards of the journals Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung (STUF) and of the book series "Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory" (Oxford University Press).