LINGUIST List 31.1531

Wed May 06 2020

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

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Date: 05-May-2020
From: Nivedita Mani <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
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Department: Georg-Elias-Müller Institute for Psychology
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics


The Psychology of Language Group, Georg-Elias-Müller Institut für Psychologie, Georg-August University Göttingen invites applications for a doctoral researcher position (all genders welcome; 65%; Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L) within the Research Training Group “Understanding Social Relationships” (Speaker: Prof. Julia Fischer). The position is available for three years. The position will investigate the extent to which infants selectively attend to different kinds of language input and how this selective attention impacts successful language learning using eye-tracking and ERP methodologies. The common aim of the RTG is to identify core principles explaining the development, maintenance and function of social relationships.

The position is anchored in the “Psychology of Language” Research Group at Georg-Elias-Müller Institut für Psychologie (PI: Prof. Nivedita Mani), which focusses on the mechanisms underlying infants’ language acquisition and language processing. Researchers working within the group have varied interests including topics such as curiosity-driven approaches to word learning, selective attention in early language acquisition, visual and social cues in language processing.

Candidates should fulfill the following requirements:

- A very good M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Psycholinguistics or similar fields
- Very good English skills (written and spoken)
- Good statistical and analytical skills
- Willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams
- Experience in experimental studies with children, EEG and eye-tracking is beneficial
- Good German skills are beneficial

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 in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Detailed information on the application process, the Research Training Group and the specific research project (project 1) are available at

Please send your application with the usual documents in electronic form by 30 May 2020 to the RTG coordination office ( and in cc to Prof. Mani (

Please note:
With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Applications Deadline: 30-May-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof Nivedita Mani
        Goßlerstraße 14
        Goettingen Niedersachsen 37073

Contact Information:
        Prof Nivedita Mani

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