LINGUIST List 27.1237

Thu Mar 10 2016

Jobs: Bilingualism; Hearing Impairment; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, Macquarie University, Sydney

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 09-Mar-2016
From: Katherine Demuth <>
Subject: Bilingualism; Hearing Impairment; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, Macquarie University, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
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University or Organization: Macquarie University, Sydney
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Sydney, Australia
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Bilingualism, Hearing Impairment


Full time, 3-year position
Deadline 11:55pm AEST Sunday 17 April 2016 (or until filled)
Start Date: Available starting June 1, 2016

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Child Language Lab at Macquarie University (Sydney).

The Lab is located in the Australian Hearing Hub with state-of the art EEG, MEG, infant speech perception, eye-tracking, and language production research facilities.


This position is funded as part of a 5-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowship award to Professor Katherine Demuth for examining 'Neural and behavioural evidence for children's learning of grammatical morphology'. The goal is to better understand the nature of children’s phonological and morphological representations, and how these develop between the ages of 1-12. The project brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines with the common purpose of addressing issues related to speech and language perception, production and processing in typically developing monolingual and bilingual children, as well as children with hearing loss.

For those working on projects involving neuro-imaging, previous experience in designing and conducting ERP/EEG experiments exploring aspects of language processing, including N400 and P600 effects, is essential. Experiments using MEG are also welcome.

For those working on behavioural projects, previous experience in designing and conducting experiments in the areas of language processing using eye-tracking, language comprehension/perception, and/or language production is essential.

The successful applicant will lead research in one of the above areas, including designing and running experiments, writing up and presenting results, supervising graduate and undergraduate student projects, and helping to recruit participants. Involvement in some organizational and management aspects of the lab is also expected.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, please address the selection criteria below, and attach your CV (including list of 3 referees) and general statement of research interests.


- PhD in linguistics, psychology, cognitive science or related discipline
- Excellent knowledge of acoustic phonetics, phonology, prosody and psycholinguistics
- Excellent knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis
- Interest in and/or experience with developmental research
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- First-authored journal publications


- Programming skills
- Experience writing grant proposals
- Experience supervising undergraduate and graduate students
- Research experience with young children

Employment in this position is conditional upon holding a Working with Children Check Clearance.

Salary Package: Level A - base salary from $83,344 to $89,320 AUD p.a., plus 17% employer’s superannuation and leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term, 3 years.

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Katherine Demuth at Please send CV.

General Recruitment Enquiries: Patsy Moss at or +61 22 9850 9821

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system.

Application Deadline: 17-Apr-2016 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth

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