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LINGUIST List 18.2524

Wed Aug 29 2007

Jobs: Experimental Linguistics: Post Doc, University Utrecht

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        1.    Rianne Giethoorn, Experimental Linguistics: Post Doc, University Utrecht, Netherlands

Message 1: Experimental Linguistics: Post Doc, University Utrecht, Netherlands
Date: 29-Aug-2007
From: Rianne Giethoorn <uil-otslet.uu.nl>
Subject: Experimental Linguistics: Post Doc, University Utrecht, Netherlands
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University or Organization: University Utrecht
Department: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
Web Address: http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Phonology; Experimental Linguistics


The Utrecht University Faculty of Humanities is broadly based,
interdisciplinary and internationally oriented. The faculty offers courses
and conducts research in the languages and cultures of Western and Southern
Europe, history, fine arts, philosophy, theology, communications and
information studies.

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS offers a postdoc position in
experimental linguistics (1,0 fte for 2 years).

The 5-year programme 'Phonotactic Constraints for Speech Segmentation: The
Case of Second Language Acquisition' (2005-2010), sponsored by the
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), addresses the role
of phonotactic knowledge in speech segmentation and how this knowledge is
acquired in a second language. The central hypothesis is that the
phonotactic knowledge which supports speech processing at the pre-lexical
level is represented by abstract constraints, acquired from exposure to
continuous speech.

Job description:
This 2-year postdoc project will set up and test hypotheses regarding the
effects of phonotactic knowledge on speech segmentation in the native
language and in a second language. Experimental methods include word
spotting, lexical decision, eye-tracking, and distributional learning.
Another important aim is the development and advancement of experimental
techniques to be used in the other projects. The researcher will be
involved in the programme coordination and the supervision of PhD students,
as well as in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of research
data. The project should result in a series of papers in international

We are looking for an ambitious researcher, who is prepared to collaborate
in a team with the program supervisor and 3 PhD students. Applicants should
hold a doctoral degree (completed by 1 November 2007), as well as
demonstrated capacities as an independent researcher, in the form of
journal publications. The successful candidate should have a background in
an experimental linguistic discipline, such as psycholinguistics, speech
perception, language development, or experimental phonology. Some knowledge
of Dutch is desirable, but not required.

Work conditions:
Salary depends on qualifications and experience, and amounts to minimally €
3.060,- and maximally € 4.190,- (scale 11) gross per month, for 1.0 fte.
Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch

For further information, contact the project supervisor Professor Dr. René
Kager with the contact information listed below. Also consult our
institute's website, listed above.

How to apply:
Applications (by regular mail or by e-mail) should include a letter of
motivation, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of two
references. (Reference letters are preferably included.) Send two
publications plus PhD dissertation.

Written applications should be sent to the application address listed
below. Please refer to the vacancy number: 68736 as well as to the website
where you found this advertisement.

E-mail applications should be sent in pdf or doc format to the application
email address listed below, and should specify your name and the vacancy
number in the message as well as in the topic, include a list of
attachments in the message, and specify your name specified in every

Interviews are planned for the first week of October.

Application Deadline: 16-Sep-2007
Mailing Address for Applications:
Mrs. I. Wagenaar
Personnel Department
Kromme Nieuwegracht 46
Utrecht 3512 HJ
Email Address for Applications: PenOlet.uu.nl
Contact Information:
Prof.Dr. René Kager
Email: Rene.Kagerlet.uu.nl
Phone: +31-30-2538064
Fax: +31-30-2536406

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