LINGUIST List 30.360

Tue Jan 22 2019

Support: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: PhD, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 22-Jan-2019
From: Nivedita Mani <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: PhD, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
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Department: Psychology of Language
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics


The Psychology of Language Research Group at Georg-August University Göttingen invites applications for a PhD position (65% TV-L 13). The research group at Georg-Elias-Müller-Institut für Psychologie is interested in examining the mechanisms underlying the ease of infants’ language acquisition and language processing. Researchers working within the group have varied interests including topics such as word segmentation and word learning in young children, differences between first and second language acquisition, the interaction between visual and social cues in language processing, the interface between orthographical and phonological processing.

The advertised position is in the project “Cross-domain influences on early word and action learning” (Starting date: April 2019). The project examines the extent to which linguistic and non-linguistic information interact during early word and action learning. It is part of an interdisciplinary research group „Crossing the Borders: The Interplay of Language, Cognition, and the Brain in Early Human Development“ and is in collaboration with the research group of Prof. Birgit Elsner at the University of Potsdam.

Candidates will hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Psychology (or a related discipline), have a strong research interest in cognitive and language development, as well as a very good statistical background and English language proficiency. Experience in experimental research with infants and young children, with experimental eye-tracking and/or EEG-research, as well as some programming experience (e.g., Matlab or R) will be advantageous, but is not required. The position is available for 36 months.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places 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 favoured.

Please send your application with the usual documents in electronic form by 20th February 2019 to Nivedita Mani (

For further information please visit our website ( or contact Nivedita Mani at the email address given above.

We request that you send us copies of your application documents, as no returns will be made. We will destroy the documents after a holding period of five months. Application documents will only be returned to you if you provide a self-addressed adequately stamped envelope.

Applications Deadline: 20-Feb-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof Nivedita Mani
        Gosslerstrasse 14,
        Göttingen Lower Saxony 37073

Contact Information:
        Prof Nivedita Mani

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