LINGUIST List 29.2338

Thu May 31 2018

Support: Mandarin; English; German; Italian; Polish; Psycholinguistics: PhD, Scientific Institute IRCCS E. Medea

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Date: 31-May-2018
From: Maria Luisa Lorusso <marialuisa.lorussoBP.LNF.IT>
Subject: Mandarin; English; German; Italian; Polish; Psycholinguistics: PhD, Scientific Institute IRCCS E. Medea, Italy
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Department: Neuropsychology of Developmental Disorders
Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Scientific Institute IRCCS E. Medea

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Psycholinguistics

Required Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                            English (eng)
                            German (deu)
                            Italian (ita)
                            Polish (pol)


The Scientific Institute IRCCS ''E. Medea'' invites 1 fully­funded 3­years (36 months) PhD program in psycholinguistics starting September 2018.

ESR12 Project:
Computerized system for the screening of Specific learning and language disorders within bilingual children. The ESR will be based at IRCCS ­ Scientific Institute “Eugenio Medea”, Associazione La Nostra Famiglia, Bosisio Parini near Milan and will be enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Milano­Bicocca.

The candidate will be integrated as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) within the European ITN Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Networks on Multilingualism ( ESRs are researchers in the first 4 years of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Recruitment will be based on the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and will adhere to equal opportunities principles.

The number of bilingual children requiring attention for their poor educational achievements is increasing; without a clear understanding of their needs it is difficult to provide adequate services. Since clinicians may not be able to examine children’s L1, a flexible response can be offered through the use of computerized language and reading tests tailored on the specific language, carried out in the children’s L2, L1 or both.

Main Objectives:
Based on the literature, define a set of language specific markers of SLI and dyslexia in monolingual children speaking Italian, English, Polish, Mandarin, Wenzhounese, German; Prepare computerized tests using the specific markers for each language; Administer computerized tests to bilingual children with typical and atypical development, analyse and revise; Design a subset of the tests for an open source platform.

Planned secondments:
4 months at University of Tuebingen (D); 4 months at Royal Dutch Kentalis (NL)

ESRs can be of any nationality.

Transnational mobility:
The researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host organisation (Italy) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date.

Researchers with refugee status, as defined by the Geneva Convention, benefit from a less restrictive mobility rule.

General selection criteria:
- A Master of Arts (MA) or a Masters of Science (MSc) or equivalent degree in Linguistics, Psychology, Speech & Language Therapy or similar discipline that provides the doctoral candidate with appropriate background for the MultiMind project.
- A high mark in the Master programme and Master Thesis;
- Research experience beyond the Undergraduate and Master programmes.
- Research methods related to MultiMind.
- Publications.

Specific selection criteria (Project ESR12):
- General notions of Psychometrics and test theory.
- Familiarity with experiment­building programs, programming skills and basic knowledge of computational concepts would be preferential criteria.

The ESR will receive a Living Allowance (€3,110 per month multiplied by the country correction coefficient which for Italy is 106,7%), Mobility Allowance (€600 per month) (before taxes and all compulsory (employer /employee) social security contributions). ESRs who have a family at the beginning of their employment will also receive a Family Allowance (€500 per month).

To Apply:
Candidates should connect to the application link provided below and download requested documents, then send the documents by email to stating that they wish to be considered for the “MultiMind recruitment ESR12” no later than 12 noon of the day 26th June 2018. They will be contacted for an interview over the internet.

Applications Deadline: 26-Jun-2018

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        dr Maria Luisa Lorusso

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