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Sun Mar 16 2014

Jobs: Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, Universiteit Leiden

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 14-Mar-2014
From: Merel van Wijk <>
Subject: Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, Universiteit Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Universiteit Leiden
Department: LUCL
Job Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Web Address:
Job Title: Junior Postdoc Fellow

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics


The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is hosting a 5 year research programme entitled “Advancing the European Multilingual Experience”, funded by the European Commission. This project takes an integrated approach towards the study of multilingualism in Europe by incorporating and combining linguistic, cognitive and sociological perspectives. Leiden co-leads the work package Being Multilingual.

We are looking for a (junior) postdoctoral fellow to carry out experimental studies within the work package Being Multilingual.

The candidate should have:
- A background in psychology and/or linguistics (or related disciplines) with a specialization in the psycho-/neurolinguistics of multilingualism;
- A PhD degree in linguistics, psychology or neuroscience (or any related discipline such as biology or artificial intelligence);
- A couple of years of post-doctoral experience;
- Hands-on experience with behavioral experimentation and at least one of the following neurocognitive methods: EEG/ERP, MEG or fMRI;
- (Extensive) experience in publishing results in international peer-reviewed journals in the field of psycho-/neurolinguistics (or related);
- Good social skills and ability to work in a team and potentially supervise (BA, MA, and/or PhD) students.
- Previous work in one or more of these areas may be a plus. Although the research agenda for this position is well described, there may be room to add work of personal interest in multilingualism to the existing proposal.
- Knowledge of English is essential; knowledge of Dutch is a plus but not a requirement. Knowledge of other languages besides English (and Dutch) may be advantageous.

The junior postdoc fellow will conduct behavioral and neuroscientific studies on topics such as effects of age-of-onset and language distance on ultimate attainment in L2 acquisition, effects of foreign-accented speech on communicative alignment, effects of multilingualism on the cognitive system in general (including healthy aging) and in particular on cognitive control, as well as language attrition due to L2 acquisition.

The position is for 1,0 fte as Postdoc Fellow (Onderzoeker), for two years starting in September 2014. The salary depends on qualifications and experience, and ranges from € 2.919,- to € 3.381,- per month (scale 10 and 11), commensurate with qualifications, with additional 8% holiday and 8,3% end-of-year bonuses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

More information available at the application website below.

Application Deadline: 01-May-2014

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Merel van Wijk

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