LINGUIST List 31.872

Tue Mar 03 2020

Jobs: English; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, University of Agder

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Date: 02-Mar-2020
From: Allison Wetterlin <>
Subject: English; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
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University or Organization: University of Agder
Department: Department of Foreign Languages & Translation
Job Location: Kristiansand, Norway
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral research fellow

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Psycholinguistics; Bilingualism

Required Language(s): English (eng)


Three year Postdoc position in bilingualism ageing and fitness:

The Department of Foreign Languages and Translation at the University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand Norway (in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, UK) is seeking to fill the position of a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the field of Psycholinguistics. The position is linked to a research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council entitled Fitness, Ageing and Bilingualism (FAB) (October 2020-2023) This project will investigate the benefits of regular physical activity and bilingualism for language abilities in healthy ageing.

The FAB project is an interdisciplinary and international endeavour, involving a collaboration between the fields of psycholinguistics and health sciences, and also an international, collaboration between UiA and the University of Birmingham, UK (Katrien Segaert, School of Psychology).

The project will investigate two factors that might ameliorate cognitive decline in older adults: speaking a second language and regular physical exercise. We will be comparing the cognitive function of young and older English monolinguals and Norwegian-English bilinguals and relate it to key aspects of language use and language proficiency. The project will also run a physical activity intervention with the older adults to determine the benefits associated with increased cardiovascular fitness for mono- and bilinguals.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will:

be fully involved in the design, running, analysis and dissemination of the experiments on the bilinguals.
be responsible for testing a group of young and a group of older Norwegian-English bilinguals, on a suite of cognitive and linguistic tasks designed to measure the decline in cognitive function in bilinguals due to healthy ageing.
be working primarily within the Experimental Linguistics Laboratory (ELL and together with Linda Wheeldon, Allison Wetterlin and Katrien Segaert (Birmingham).

We encourage candidates to apply that have a doctoral degree in Psycholinguistics or Psychology (with a focus on language) or a related field; strong data analysis; excellent organisational and people skills as well as outstanding spoken and written English

For more details please see the full job advert at the web address for applications below.

Application Deadline: 15-Apr-2020

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Linda Wheeldon

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