LINGUIST List 32.1863

Fri May 28 2021

Jobs: English; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics: Post Doc, University of Konstanz

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Date: 27-May-2021
From: Tamara Rathcke <>
Subject: English; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics: Post Doc, University of Konstanz, Germany
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University or Organization: University of Konstanz
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Konstanz, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher (1 year, 100%) - Linguistics Department, Uni Konstanz

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Speech Perception

Required Language(s): English (eng)


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Sociolinguistics, initially funded for one year (with a potential extension for up to three years). The position is full-time, remunerated according to the German TV-L pay scale (100% of E13): The starting date is negotiable.

The post-doctoral researcher will contribute to the project studying the perception of charisma in politics, which involves collaboration of linguistics with computing science, politics, sociology and political psychology. The project is headed by Prof. Dr. Tamara Rathcke and funded by the Excellence Cluster studying “Politics of Inequality”: The aim is to investigate how the perception of political charisma is moderated by social, ethnic and regional attributes of the speaker, potentially creating inequalities in the distribution of power in politics. The post holder will be involved in developing innovative, computer-assisted methodologies for the perceptual testing and run experiments with a wide range of academic and non-academic audiences.

Application requirements:
- A strong PhD in a relevant field (sociophonetics, experimental psychology, cognitive science, computer science – degree in hand by the agreed starting date or soon thereafter)
- Excellent academic writing skills and fluency in English (knowledge of German is beneficial but not required)
- Programming skills in MATLAB/R/Python, expertise in advanced statistical methods
- Strong background in speech perception research, with experience in online studies

Responsibilities of the post holder:
- Developing innovative methodologies for perceptual experimentation
- Conducting original research on the perception of political charisma
- Supervising research assistants and collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of researchers
- Disseminating research results
- Contributing to writing up proposals for external funding

Applications should include the following:
- Cover letter with the names of 2 referees
- CV (with the list of publications and grants)

Applications submitted before June 17th will receive full consideration. Further details of the role and a link to the online application form can be found at the application link provided below.

Application Deadline: 17-Jun-2021

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Dr. Tamara Rathcke

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