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Jobs: Pragmatics: PhD position in Linguistics, Pragmatics, Multimodality, Technische Universität Chemnitz

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Date: 20-Jan-2022
From: Jana Bressem <>
Subject: Pragmatics: PhD position in Linguistics, Pragmatics, Multimodality, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany
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University or Organization: Technische Universität Chemnitz
Department: Humanities
Job Location: , Germany
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Job Title: PhD position in Linguistics, Pragmatics, Multimodality

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Multimodality, Conversation Analysis, Gesture Studies


Applications for a doctoral position in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies. Employment is offered until December 31, 2023 starting April 1, 2022.

Research Environment and Tasks: Research in the CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies pertains to the interaction with Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) as artificial bodies moving in real or virtual environments ( Interdisciplinary research in the CRC is guided by two leading questions to ultimately ensure smooth and efficient encounters between humans and embodied technologies in hybrid societies: What is required so that humans can coordinate with EDTs as smoothly as with conspecifics? How to design EDTs to meet these requirements? Cooperating researchers from psychology, engineering, computer science, human movement science, linguistics and gesture studies, sociology, law studies, physics, and mathematics scientifically inquire the interaction of humans with EDTs from the level of single actions up to the attribution of intentionality.

Project “Intentionality and Joint Attention in Multimodal Interaction” investigates how intentionality and joint attention are indicated by verbal, gestural, and other bodily markers. The project aims at basic insights into the nature of intentionality in multimodal interaction and establishes grounds for transferring these findings to human-machine interaction. To achieve these goals, the project combines empirical and experimental studies with methods and concepts from empirical gesture studies, linguistics, semiotics, and formal logic. The successful applicant will be analyzing and annotating video data of multimodal interaction gathered in natural and experimental settings. The goal is a typology of verbal, gestural and bodily markers as markers of joint attention and intentionality. In close collaboration with the other PhD student, the successful applicant is working towards the application of these results to human-machine interaction. In addition, the candidate is responsible for the coordination of studies as well as preparation and support of publications and talks. Researchers in the CRC Hybrid Societies contribute to the CRC’s joint research activities and actively participate, for instance, in research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops. The doctoral positions include the enrollment in the CRC's doctoral program.

- University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in linguistics, semiotics, or a similar background which opens access to the corresponding qualification level
- Expertise in semiotics, (cognitive) linguistics, or gesture studies
- Skills should include analysis and annotation of (multimodal) interactions, qualitative, conversation analysis or ethnographic methods, standards of conversation analysis, experience with the annotation software ELAN or comparable programs
- Favored skills include experience in the analysis of multimodal data and corpus-linguistics
- Willingness to analyze bodily behavior, such as gestures, is required (training can be provided if necessary)
- Fluent in German and English (both written and spoken)

In addition, you must meet the employment requirements according to § 71 SächsHSFG.

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Applicants should send their complete application documents including a motivation letter (1 page) with a brief description of personal qualifications and research interests, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, a publication list if applicable, and abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma theses (1-2 pages) preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating: “CRC1410_D01”) to the email address below.

Application Deadline: 14-Feb-2022

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Jana Bressem

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