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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics Second Language Acquisition Theories or Empirical Educational Research
Application Deadline: 15-Jul-2013
Supporting Institution: University of Tübingen
LEAD Graduate School
LL Issue: 24.2634
Posted: 28-Jun-2013
Support Description: The LEAD Graduate School ( for Learning, Educational Achievement and Life Course Development, funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State governments, invites applications for Up to six 3-year doctoral positions or stipends as of October 2013. Education and its outcomes being essential to the welfare of a society and its members, the goal of LEAD is to contribute relevant findings to several key questions in evidence-based education. As an integrated research and training program, LEAD aims at excellent research and academic careers for young scientists at the intersection between Empirical Educational Research and the neighboring disciplines of (1) Cognitive and Social Psychology, (2) Neuroscience and Informatics, (3) Clinical Psychology, (4) Language and Linguistics, and (5) Sociology and Economics. Requirements Successfully or nearly finished MA or MSc or equivalent degree graduates in Empirical Educational Research or one of the above-mentioned neighboring fields with excellent grades and a strong interest in conducting research from an interdisciplinary perspective are encouraged to apply. In addition, • Candidates’ prospective PhD research should be relevant to the LEAD Graduate School, i.e., relating to LEAD’s research questions and one of the LEAD intersections; • Candidates should be prepared to contribute to the mission of excellence of the LEAD Graduate School. • Please also note: An application from the linguistic field requires a solid background in linguistic modeling or computational linguistics, with a focus on second language acquisition theories or empirical educational research (incl. the corresponding experimental or statistical expertise). Gains LEAD PhD candidates benefit from unique opportunities: • A prestigious, internationally focused and interdisciplinary PhD program within the German Excellence Initiative; • Regular thesis discussions with peers and supervisory teams, plus retreats and lectures and workshops by renowned international guest researchers; • Funds for the support of thesis-related research and training; • Tailor-made training and research support from the LEADing Research Center, including lab rotations; • LEAD support systems for families, equal opportunity, and diversity. Applications Applications should include a CV, degree and other certificates/transcripts showing a recent graduation or one in the nearest future, two letters of recommendation, a statement of research interest and experience, plus a motivation letter describing your interest in obtaining a PhD within LEAD. For more information, please go to Please send all documents in one single pdf attachment via email to the Director of the LEAD Graduate School, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Trautwein, at ulrich.trautwein Linguist List, no later than July 15, 2013. Applications beyond this date are welcome and will be taken into account as further positions become available. Please note that interviews will be scheduled for July 31 and August 1, 2013. The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunity employer regarding professional opportunities for women and men. Equally qualified candidates with physical challenges will be given preference. Employment will be conducted by the central university administration.
Application Mailing Address: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Trautwein Europastraße 6 Tübingen 72072 Germany
Contact Information: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Trautwein