LINGUIST List 31.2502

Thu Aug 06 2020

Jobs: Language Acquisition: Manager, ZAS

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 06-Aug-2020
From: Uli Sauerland <>
Subject: Language Acquisition: Manager, ZAS, Berlin, Germany
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University or Organization: ZAS
Department: Semantics-Pragmatics
Job Location: Berlin, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Two-year Lab-Manager in ERC Project LeibnizDream

Job Rank: Manager

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition


The Leibniz-Center General Linguistics (ZAS, invites applications for a two-year full-time position in the ERC research project LeibnizDream (, PIs Sauerland, Alexiadou, and Guasti starting January 1st, 2021 or soon thereafter. The regulations of German limited term contract law apply. For applicants who haven't worked at ZAS before the contract would be for 24 months. Pay is at the E9 level of the German TVöD payscale. Applications for less than full-time hours will be considered.

- Strong expertise in language acquisition research and statistics
- Native or near-native German and English
- M.A. or Ph.D. degree in a relevant field

Desired Assets:
- Linguistic theory
- Software skills such as Excel, Photoshop, LaTeX, and Keynote
- Statistics with R and STAN
- Git, GitHub, and open science
- Interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills
- Data privacy regulations, research ethics, German daycare system
- Drivers licence for Germany

You execute a series of language acquisition studies on German within a larger research team including the PIs and several postdocs. You supervise several student research assistants. We target six different areas of morpho-syntax/semantics, 1) the expression of causation and agency, and 2) of motion events, 3) the binary connectives, 4) negative concepts such as exclusion, antonyms, and negation, 5) quantificational concepts including genericity and distributivity, and 6) dependencies most frequently analyzed as variable binding (wh-questions, relative clauses, degree clauses).

The project aims for cultural diversity and gender balance of its staff. The project furthermore seeks to implement the principles of open science. ZAS is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications must be submitted via electronic mail and include the following four items (1, 2 and 3 in PDF format):
1) A letter of intent specifying research experience and plans;
2) The curriculum vitae;
3) Electronic copies of up to two recent work samples; and
4) The names and email addresses of at least two scholars to be contacted for letters of recommendation. Interested researchers wishing for secure communication with PGP can contact us for the necessary encryption key

Application Deadline: 06-Sep-2020

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Project LeibnizDream

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