LINGUIST List 31.756

Sat Feb 22 2020

Support: English; German; Neurolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Konstanz

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 14-Feb-2020
From: Carsten Eulitz <>
Subject: English; German; Neurolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Konstanz, Germany
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Department: Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Konstanz

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Neurolinguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            German (deu)


Overview of the Role:

Professor Carsten Eulitz and Professor Aditi Lahiri have been awarded a three year research project ''Complexity in Derivational Morphology: Theory and Experimental Evidence'' under a UK-German Funding Initiative in the Humanities. Professor Frans Plank, Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College and Professor Emeritus, University of Konstanz, will be the official theoretical consultant on the project. The project is a joint theoretical and experimental effort to shed light on the question of complexity in derivational morphology. It will be jointly run at both universities, with regular communication between the partners. The Konstanz part of the project is funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) whilst the Oxford part of the project will be funded by the AHRC.

The overall role of the doctoral post at Konstanz (fulltime, grade TVL 13 (65%)) is to be responsible for the planning, design, implementation and analysis of the experimental (electrophysiological) part of the project (under the guidance of the PIs) which investigates different aspects of morphological (derivational) complexities in German and English. More specifically, the goal is to explore electrophysiological measures to investigate the processing and mental representation of complex words. The German experiments will be run at Konstanz. However, the doctoral student is also expected to collaborate with the postdoctoral researcher and Professor Lahiri at Oxford.


To work alongside the PIs to:
- Investigate electrophysiological measures to understand the covert decomposition of words, varying morpho-phonological and morphological conditions.
- Writing of research papers for internationally refereed journals and presenting results at national and international conferences;
- Contributing to the intellectual life of the research group and the collaboration, including participating in video and teleconference meetings as required, and travelling for national and international collaboration when required;
- Contribute to the writing of reports required for extant grants and contracts, including milestone reports, and final reports before the end of the contract;
- Instruction and day-to-day supervision of research assistants working on the project, as required; Assisting with other practical and administrative duties as required.

Selection Criteria


- An MA degree in Linguistics or Psychology or a related field;
- The applicant should have some background in Linguistics in general and morphology and phonology in particular, and must be willing to work in a linguistically oriented environment;
- Ability to carry out EEG acquisition and analysis of EEG data independently after a training period;
- Fluency in English (spoken and written);
- Some statistical background;
- Self-motivation and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team


- Good knowledge of German.
- Familiarity with electrophysiological methods and EEG data analysis software.
- Ability to comprehend and evaluate research findings and present own research to critical audiences.


The deadline of application is April 15. Applicants should send a short cover letter, a full CV and the name and contact information of two potential referees to
The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 (0) 7531 / 88 – 4016 and 88 - 2834).
The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching.

Applications Deadline: 15-Apr-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Carsten Eulitz
        Universitätsstraße 10
        Konstanz 78457

Contact Information:
        Carsten Eulitz

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