LINGUIST List 31.174

Tue Jan 14 2020

Jobs: General Linguistics: Researcher, Chemnitz University of Technology

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Date: 10-Jan-2020
From: Dr. Bressem, Jana <>
Subject: General Linguistics: Researcher, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany
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University or Organization: Chemnitz University of Technology
Department: Humanities
Job Location: Chemnitz, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: 2 Doctoral Researchers in (Cognitive) Linguistics, Semiotics, and Gesture Studie

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Cognitive Linguistics, Semiotics, Gesture Studies, Formal Linguistics


Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for two doctoral positions in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies. Employment is offered until December 31, 2023 starting March 1, 2020.

Research Environment and Tasks: Research in the CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies pertains to the interaction with Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) as artificial bodies moving in real or virtual environments (

Project “Intentionality and Joint Attention in Multimodal Interaction” investigates how intentionality and joint attention are indicated by verbal, gestural, and other bodily markers. The project aims at basic insights into the nature of intentionality in multimodal interaction and establishes grounds for transferring these findings to human-machine interaction. To achieve these goals, the project combines empirical and experimental studies with methods and concepts from empirical gesture studies, linguistics, semiotics, and formal logic.

The successful applicants will be responsible for research assignments in all theoretical and methodological questions relevant to the project, coordination of studies as well as preparation and support of publications and talks. Researchers in the CRC Hybrid Societies contribute to the CRC’s joint research activities and actively participate, for instance, in research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops. The doctoral positions include the enrollment in the CRC's doctoral program.


University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in linguistics, semiotics, psychology, or a similar background
Expertise in (cognitive) linguistics and gesture studies (expertise in semiotics, formal linguistics or information science is a plus)
Skills should include the analysis and annotation of verbo-gestural data and at least one of the following: multimodal corpus-linguistics, formalization, qualitative and/or ethnographic methods
Fluent in English (both written and spoken)

Application procedure:

Applicants should send their complete application documents including a motivation letter (1 page) with a brief description of personal qualifications and research interests, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, a publication list if applicable, and abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma theses (1-2 pages) preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating: “CRC1410_D01”) to the email address for applications listed at the bottom of the page. The closing date for applications is February 12 2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.


Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Humanities – Institute for German and Communication Studies
Professorship of German Linguistics, Semiotics and Multimodal Communication
Prof. Dr. Ellen Fricke and Dr. Jana Bressem
09107 Chemnitz

Chemnitz University of Technology is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity. To increase the number of women working in science and teaching, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if equally qualified.

Application Deadline: 12-Feb-2020

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Jana Bressem

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