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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience
Application Deadline: 26-Jul-2013
Supporting Institution: University of Lisbon
LL Issue: 24.2955
Posted: 20-Jul-2013
Support Description: Research Project Eyes and Brain – Early Markers of Language Development (EBELa)
Phonetics Lab and Lisbon Baby Lab, CLUL/FLUL, University of Lisbon
1 PhD position (2013-2016)

Description and goals:
Applications are invited from PhD students with a background in linguistics, psychology or cognitive neuroscience for a PhD research grant within the project Eyes and Brain – Early Markers of Language Development. This project will investigate early markers of language development in European Portuguese, following a multi-methodology approach to a set of potential early markers, using both eye-tracking (ET) and ERP measures (http://www.fl.ul.pt//laboratoriofonetica/babylab/english/projects.html).
This research grant is devoted to work on early markers of language development in one or more of the linguistic domains under study (phonetic discrimination, word stress, intonation, word learning), especially on ET measures of early language acquisition in normally developing infants and infants at risk for ASD and SLI. The successful candidate will be expected to start September 1, 2013 and the post is initially available for one year. The grant can be renewed until the end of the EBELa project.

Candidate profile:
Candidates should have a background in linguistics (phonetics, phonology, language acquisition), psychology or cognitive neuroscience, and a Master's Degree in a relevant field. Previous experience in infant speech perception research is essential. A background in statistical analyses will be a plus. Previous experience with eye-tracking research is desirable. Knowledge of Portuguese is not a must, but some knowledge of Portuguese or a close-related Romance language (e.g., Spanish, Italian) is an advantage. Proficiency in English is required.

Salary:
A monthly scholarship of 980 € will be provided, in accordance with the Portuguese Science Foundation salary scale.

Application Procedure:
Please email your CV, a motivation letter, a copy of your personal identity document and of your Master's Degree certificate to contact emails.
Application Mailing Address: Sonia Frota Laboratorio de Fonetica & Lisbon Baby Lab, Faculdade de Letras, UL Alameda de Universidade Lisboa 1600-214 Portugal
Contact Information: Sonia Frota labfon@fl.ul.pt sonia.frota@mail.telepac.pt