LINGUIST List 29.3726

Thu Sep 27 2018

Support: Language Acquisition; Multilingualism: PhD, University of Konstanz

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Date: 25-Sep-2018
From: Theo Marinis <>
Subject: Language Acquisition; Multilingualism: PhD, University of Konstanz, Germany
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Department: Linguistics Department
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Konstanz

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition


The Department of Linguistics invites applicants for two PhD studentships within the field of Multilingualism who will work with Prof Theo Marinis to conduct research on multilingual child language development.
Two PhD positions (Salary Scale 13 TV-L / 50 %)

The positions are available as of 1st December, 2018 and are limited for three years.
The PhD students will work on a research project that will map how primary school children in and around Konstanz develop their language, literacy, and cognitive abilities using a variety of off-line and on-line experimental procedures.

We are looking for highly motivated PhD students with a MA/MSc in Bilingualism/Multilingualism, Linguistics or related discipline to join Prof Marinis’ research team. The successful candidates should have strong interest in linguistics and multilingual language acquisition, should be native or near native speakers of German and should have some experience working with primary school children. Knowledge of Italian or Arabic would be an advantage because of the large numbers of Italian- and Arabic-speaking families in the region. Experience with reaction time experiments, eye-tracking or ERP experiments would also be an advantage.

The successful candidates will conduct research with multilingual children in and around Konstanz, will teach on our BA/MA programmes (2 hours per week), and will provide some administrative support on the MA Multilingualism.

The PhD students will be hosted at the Linguistics Department and will be in close contact with the Centre for Multilingualism that conducts, disseminates, and communicates research on multilingualism to academic and non-academic audiences.

The Linguistics Department at the University of Konstanz combines theoretical with experimental linguistics and provides a vibrant international research-intensive environment. Its research infrastructure includes a psycholinguistics lab with reaction time and eye-tracking facilities, a baby lab, and two ERP labs. The department has a strong record of externally funded projects, including the Research Unit ‘Questions at the Interfaces’ funded by the DFG and the Innovative Training Network ‘The Multilingual Mind (MultiMind)’ funded by the European Union that is being coordinated by the Linguistics Department at the University of Konstanz ( The two PhD students will work closely with the two PhD students working within the MultiMind project.
For further information, you can contact Prof Theo Marinis:
As an equal opportunity employer, the University of Konstanz strives to increase the number of women in research and teaching.

The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 / 88 – 4016).

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that promotes a good balance between university and family life.
To find out how the University of Konstanz supports working couples through its dual career programme, please visit:

Your application should include your CV, your Masters Degree/a transcript of current study status, a motivation letter and two letters of reference or reference contacts. All application documents should be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to Please write ‘PhD Multilingualism’ in the subject of the e-mail.

The deadline for applications is 15.10.2018 but the search will continue until the positions are filled.

Applications Deadline: 15-Oct-2018

Email Address for Applications:

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Prof Dr Theodoros Marinis

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