LINGUIST List 29.2803

Fri Jul 06 2018

Jobs: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

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Date: 06-Jul-2018
From: Ewa Dabrowska <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, UK
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University or Organization: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Department: English and American Studies
Job Location: Erlangen, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher (2 positions)

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Cognitive Linguistics


The FAU seeks to appoint two postdoctoral researchers in empircal linguistics. The researchers will be based in the Department of English and American Studies and will be part of an international research group funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and headed by Prof. Ewa Dąbrowska. In addition to Prof. Dąbrowska, the group will include three post-doctoral researchers (all based at FAU) and six doctoral researchers (four based at FAU and two based at the University of Birmingham). The group’s research will focus on individual differences in first language (L1) and second/foreign language (L2) acquisition and attainment. In particular, the group will examine relationships between individual strengths and weaknesses in specific areas of linguistic and non-linguistic cognition, with a view to developing and testing hypotheses about which aspects of language depend on which aspects of cognition.

The group’s research will include three main strands:
- Explicit and implicit language aptitude,
- Fluency/automatization, and
- Literacy.

For further details, see the application link below.

Selection criteria:
- PhD in Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology or a related area
- Fluent in English
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Good IT skills
- Good knowledge of a variety of statistical methods
- A strong research record, appropriate to the stage of the candidate's career

- Knowledge of German
- Knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese
- Experience in designing and carrying out psycholinguistic experiments
- Experience working with children and/or low-educated participants
- Experience working with corpora
- Experience teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level

Main Duties:
- Design and carry out research relevant to one or more strands of the project
- Write up publications and present at conferences
- Contribute to supervision of PhD students and part-time research assistants
- Teach at undergraduate and/or MA level (approximately 5 hours per week for Position 1, approximately 2 hours per week for position 2)
- Manage the Linguistics Research Laboratory (Position 2 only)
- Undertake any other duties consistent with the level and nature of the post

Application process:
Applicants should submit a CV, contact details for three referees, and a covering letter indicating which strand they would like to be primarily associated with, and how they would contribute to the strand to the application email provided below.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Prof. Ewa Dąbrowska at the contact information below.

Salary: €44064 to €640547 per annum (depending on experience)
Starting time: 1 October 2018 or as soon thereafter as possible
Length of appointment: up to six years (Position 1), up to four years (Position 2)

It is anticipated that the interviews for the post will take place in the last week of August.

Application Deadline: 30-Jul-2018

Email Address for Applications:
Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Ewa Dabrowska

Page Updated: 06-Jul-2018