LINGUIST List 22.4614

Fri Nov 18 2011

Jobs: German; Neurolinguistics: Postdoctoral Researcher, U of Marburg

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        1.     Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky , German; Neurolinguistics: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Marburg, Germany

Message 1: German; Neurolinguistics: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Marburg, Germany
Date: 17-Nov-2011
From: Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky <>
Subject: German; Neurolinguistics: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Marburg, Germany
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University or Organization: University of Marburg Department: Department of Germanic Linguistics Job Location: Marburg, Germany Web Address:
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Neurolinguistics

Required Language(s): German (deu)


The Department of Germanic Linguistics at the University of Marburg isseeking to fill the position of a postdoctoral researcher (salary according toEG 13 TV-H; i.e. approx. EUR 3110-3640 / month before taxescommensurate with experience, amounting to approx. EUR 1844-2082 /month after taxes and including health insurance) for the duration of threeyears. Starting date: January 1st 2012 or soon thereafter.

The position is part of the research unit 'Exploring the building blocks oflanguage' ('Fundierung linguistischer Basiskategorien'; financed by theGerman state of Hesse as part of the LOEWE programme), which aims toidentify empirically grounded concepts and categories for linguistictheorising by combining empirical insights from neurolinguistics, languageacquisition, language variation and change as well as linguistic typology.The postdoctoral researcher will conduct experiments on the learnability(plasticity) of hypothesised fundamental building blocks in the domains ofphonology and the syntax-semantics interface using EEG and fMRI.He/she will also assist other projects within the research unit withexperimental design and other methodology-related issues.

We offer excellent facilities for the study of language from a neuroscientificperspective, including two EEG laboratories plus a mobile EEG setup, anew research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner as well as eye-tracking andreaction time laboratories.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in linguistics, psychology or arelated field and will have prior experience with neuroscientificmethodologies in language processing. Experience with EEG-basedmeasures is particularly important, but additional familiarity with fMRI wouldbe beneficial. He/she will have a good knowledge of experimental designand statistics and good programming skills. As some of the experimentalwork within the resarch unit will involve different German dialects, awillingness to travel and conduct mobile EEG experiments is essential. Thecandidate should also have an excellent command of English, goodinterpersonal skills and the ability to supervise students and researchassistants. Knowledge of German is not required when taking up theposition, but we do expect an interest in learning the language.Applications should include the names and contact details of threereferees.

Any questions about the position may be directed to Prof. Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (, quoting reference fb09-0019-wmz-2011. Review ofapplications will begin immediately, but will continue until the position isfilled.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)
Email Address for Applications: Contact Information:
Prof. Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky Email:

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