LINGUIST List 32.1162

Thu Apr 01 2021

Jobs: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics: Post Doc, Ecole Normale Supérieure

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 01-Apr-2021
From: Alejandrina Cristia <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics: Post Doc, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
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University or Organization: Ecole Normale Supérieure
Department: DEC LSCP
Job Location: Paris, France
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral fellow

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics

Required Language(s): Tsimané (cas)


We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with a strong background in linguistics and quantitative methods to develop language tests for unsupervised language learning models. The languages will typically be low- or no-resource (currently including Yélî Dnye, Tseltal, Tsimane', and Hebrew). Examples of the kinds of language tests that we want to adapt to these languages can be found in the Zero Resource challenge.

Description of the laboratory:
The Laboratory of Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Sciences (LSCP) is a joint research unit of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research). Our laboratory is located in the heart of the Quartier Latin of Paris, in the Department of Cognitive Studies (DEC) of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. The goal of research at LSCP is to understand the psychological mechanisms underlying the acquisition and functioning of uniquely human cognitive functions, such as language, social cognition, and consciousness.

Team description:
The goal of the LAAC team is to shed light on the mechanisms and processes involved in early language acquisition in a variety of cultures and language communities. To this end, we use an interdisciplinary approach (ranging from computer modeling to laboratory experiments and advanced data analyzes) within the framework of an open, collaborative and publicly engaged science. Read our mission statement here. Our team will be growing in the next five years thanks to ERC funding ( project). We also work closely with the Cognitive Machine Learning (CoML) team.

- PhD in linguistics, cognitive science, or related field
- Solid technological background to handle large and sometimes messy datasets (use of python or bash for data processing, R for statistics desirable)
- Ability to work in teams and good interpersonal skills
- Strong English writing skills are required (note: speaking French is not required)
- Open science experience will be highly valued
- Experience with linguistics and child language is appreciated but not required
- Interdisciplinary experience is appreciated but not required

Review of applications will begin on April 7, 2021, on a rolling basis. Please send the following to the application email provided below:
- A complete CV,
- A 2-page cover letter explaining how you fit the requirements,
- A sample of own writing (e.g., a publication where you wrote the bulk of the text for),
- (A link to) a sample of computer code you produced, and
- Contact information of two references

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Alejandrina Cristia
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 32 26 23

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