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Support: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics: PhD, University of Neuchâtel

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Date: 12-Dec-2019
From: Diana Mazzarella <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics: PhD, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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Institution/Organization: University of Neuchâtel
Department: Cognitive Science Center
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics


Ph.D. position in Developmental Pragmatics (70%) University of Neuchâtel,

Position and Project:
This funded Ph.D. position is part of the project ‘Pragmatics meets epistemic
vigilance: Explaining the development of irony comprehension’ funded by an
SNSF Eccellenza Grant (Principal investigator: Diana Mazzarella, UniNE –
Collaborator: Nausicaa Pouscoulous, UCL). The Ph.D. thesis will focus on the
development of children’s selective trust and understanding of reliability.

Candidate Profile:
The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in pragmatics, developmental
psychology or an allied interdisciplinary area. Experience in experimental
research will be a strong asset, as the selected candidate will carry out a
series of experimental studies with preschoolers and primary school children.
For practical reasons related to testing, priority will be given to French

Additional Requirements:
- Have an MA/MSc in Linguistics, Psychology, Speech Sciences, Cognitive
Sciences or related disciplines by the time of appointment
- hHave a fluent command of English

The candidate will write a Ph.D. thesis under the supervision of the PI Diana
Mazzarella. The candidate will be based at the Cognitive Science Center of the
University of Neuchâtel. Regular participation in collective scientific
activities (e.g. seminars, reading groups, and lab meetings) will be expected.

Starting date: upon agreement (no later than September 2020)

Duration: 4 years

Salary: Gross salary in CHF (corresponding to 70% Part Time):
First-year SNSF Doctoral student: Yearly - 47'040.00; Monthly - 3'920.00
Second-year SNSF Doctoral student: Yearly - 48'540.00; Monthly - 4'045.00
Third-year SNSF Doctoral student: Yearly - 50'040.00; Monthly - 4'170.00
Fourth-year SNSF Doctoral student: Yearly - 50'040.00; Monthly - 4'170.00

Candidates should submit the following documents (in English or French) in an
electronic format:
- Motivation letter,
- CV,
- MA/MSc dissertation (if available) or a written sample,
- Copies of diplomas accompanied by grades transcript, and
- The name and contact details of two referees.

Please specify in your Motivation letter when you would be available to take
on this position.

Please send your application to Diana Mazzarella at the application email
provided below.

Application Deadline: 01-Mar-2020

Email Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Diana Mazzarella

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