LINGUIST List 32.25

Mon Jan 04 2021

Jobs: Germanic; German; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics: Post Doc, University of Cologne

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 04-Jan-2021
From: Klaus von Heusinger <>
Subject: Germanic; German; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics: Post Doc, University of Cologne, Germany
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University or Organization: University of Cologne
Department: CRC 1252 Prominence in Language
Job Location: Cologne, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Researcher

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Experimental Linguistics

Required Language(s): German (deu)


Commencement of employment is scheduled for April 01, 2021. The postdoc position offered is fulltime with weekly working time of 39,83 hours (100%) and is a fixed-term working contract ending December 31, 2024. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV- L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

As a basis for research sub project C04 Conceptual and referential activation in discourse, we propose that prominence relations are among the core features contributing to referent management - at the level of comprehension and at the level of discourse planning. We suggest that, in referent management, prominence-lending features affect two related processes: activation of a concept and activation of a referent. The overall goal of the project is to develop a discourse model that can account for some key features in discourse processing, in particular for those features that are associated with concept activation and referent activation.

Your tasks:
- Preparing, conducting and evaluating eye-tracking and ERP experiments as well as collaborating on fill-in-the-gap experiments (annotation and statistical analysis of story continuation tasks)
- Assisting the principal investigator in leading the project as a whole and networking with adjacent projects in the research area
- Presenting results to the research community at international conferences
- Support of the experimental work of the doctoral candidate of the sub project C04 and support in the supervision of their dissertation

Your profile:
- Ability to think in a team-oriented and conceptual manner and quickly familiarize yourself with new topics
- High degree of self-reliance
- Business proficiency in English, German language skills are of advantage
- Efficient, highly organized and result-oriented work process
- Doctorate in linguistics completed by the time position begins

We offer you:
- A vibrant research environment
- A diverse and fair working environment
- Support in reconciling work and family life
- Extensive advanced training opportunities
- Occupational health management offers
- Local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

The University of Cologne promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We expressly welcome applications from individuals with severe disabilities or people of equivalent status. Severely disabled applicants of equal merit and qualifications will be given priority. Applications should include a statement of interest, a CV including a list of publications, a copy of the most important publications as well as certificates of the relevant degrees.

Please send your application consisting of the items below by email in one pdf with reference to Postdoc C04 to the application email below:
- CV including diplomas,
- A two page proposal of your contribution to the project,
- Your PhD thesis, and
- Two further research articles

Please do not include a photo with your application.

Application Deadline: 31-Jan-2021

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger

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