LINGUIST List 26.3352

Fri Jul 17 2015

Support: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics / Germany

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Date: 17-Jul-2015
From: Nivedita Mani <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics, PhD, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
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Department: Psychology of Language
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics


The DFG-funded Research Training Group RTG 2070 „Understanding Social Relationships“ (Speaker: Prof. Julia Fischer) at the Georg-August-University Göttingen and the German Primate Center Göttingen offers a position for a Ph.D. candidate beginning on October 1, 2015. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (E13 TV-L) with 65% of the regular working hours (currently 25.87 hours per week) for up to three years.

The available position within the RTG will investigate the extent to which infants selectively attend to different kinds of language input and how this selective attention impacts successful language learning using eye-tracking and ERP methodologies. The common aim of the RTG is to identify core principles explaining the development, maintenance and function of social relationships. Research is structured in the three domains “social signals”, “social monitoring” and “social coordination”, but specific emphasis will be laid upon the interplay between the domains.

Ideal candidates for this specific research project have a background in cognitive science (or related fields). A strong interest in interdisciplinary research and the willingness to engage in scientific exchange with other disciplines is essential.

Candidates should fulfill the following requirements:

- A very good M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Psycholinguistics or similar fields
- Very good English skills (written and spoken)
- Good statistical and analytical skills
- Willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams
- Experience in experimental studies with children, EEG and eye-tracking is beneficial
- Good German skills are beneficial

The University of Göttingen and the German Primate Center are equal opportunities employers and place particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field.

Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.

Detailed information on the application process, the Research Training Group and the specific research project (project 1) are available at

Please send your application with the usual documents in electronic form by August 3 2015 to the RTG coordination office ( and in cc to Prof. Mani (

For further information please contact the RTG coordination office ( or Prof. Mani directly (

Applications Deadline: 03-Aug-2015

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Dr Nivedita Mani
        Gosslerstr. 14
        Goettingen 37073

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Nivedita Mani

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