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LINGUIST List 24.651

Mon Feb 04 2013

Jobs: Psycholing; Phonetics; Phonology: Post Doc, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Editor for this issue: Uliana Kazagasheva <ulianalinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Feb-2013
From: Martina Bernhard <Martina.Bernhardmpi.nl>
Subject: Psycholinguistics; Phonetics; Phonology: Post Doc, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Job Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.mpi.nl/departments/language-and-genetics/projects/genetic-biasing-in-language-and-speech
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics


The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, is a world leader in the multidisciplinary approaches to the study of language. A new direction is represented by the effects of genes on language change and linguistic diversity. The project “Genetic Biases in Speech and Language” awarded to Dr. Dan Dediu by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) will investigate the genetic influences on the speech organs and their effects on phonetics and phonology. While genes do not directly act on speech and language, they can influence language change through biased cultural transmission across generations, playing a role in both linguistic universals and diversity. This is a highly inter-disciplinary project hosted by the Language and Genetics Department. More information can be found at the web address above.

Within this project, applications are invited for one full-time fixed-term postdoctoral position for 2 years with a possibility of extension.

Job description:
The main focus will be on the identification and study of the parameters of the speech organs affecting cross-linguistic variation in phonetics and phonology, and will involve cross-disciplinary extensive literature reviews, experimental and computational work, and statistical data analysis using cutting-edge methods. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the project, will actively participate in all its major stages, and will help supervising at least one PhD student.

The successful candidate will be part of the Language and Genetics Department led by Prof. Simon Fisher, will closely collaborate with the Language and Cognition Department led by Prof. Stephen Levinson, and will participate in cross-disciplinary activities such as reading groups and workshops.

Qualifications and background:
Candidates should have a strong background in articulatory phonetics and speech production, supported by a PhD in Linguistics, Speech Sciences or allied disciplines. It is essential to have good quantitative and data analysis skills, and experience with laboratory techniques concerning speech production represents a major advantage. Interests and experience with computer modeling, evolutionary biology and genetics are desirable.

Salary and start date:
The salary is according to the German TVöD and the applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the position is filled.

Application procedure:
Please include a cover letter highlighting your qualifications and motivation, a CV containing a publications list highlighting one or two representative publications, a brief research statement and research plans, and the contact details of two referees. These should be sent as PDF documents by e-mail to Martina Bernhard at the application email address below.

Application Deadline:
Mailing Address for Applications:
Martina Bernhard

Email Address for Applications: Martina.Bernhardmpi.nl
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Martina Bernhard
Email: Martina.Bernhardmpi.nl

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