Fachgebiet Psycholinguistics

Open Positions

PhD position in Psycholinguistics/Bilingualism (65% TV-L E13 German salary scale)

The Psycholinguistics and Language Development Group at the University of Kaiserslautern invites applications for two PhD positions within a new project that investigates cross-linguistic structural priming in bilingual children and adults across different language-contact settings. Both 65% positions are funded for up to four years (remuneration according to the German public pay scale TV-L E13) and are to be filled as soon as possible.

This project is part of the new Research Unit “Structuring the Input in Language Processing, Acquisition, and Change” (SILPAC), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, FOR 5157). One of the major aims of SILPAC is to investigate historical language change using psycholinguistic methods. The two advertised PhD positions focus on priming effects in bilingual speakers of English, French, and German in the domain of dative alternation structures and verb-particle structures, investigating the role of speakers’ age and language environment across grammatical and ungrammatical priming.

The Research Unit provides an exciting research infrastructure involving an interdisciplinary network of researchers from five German universities, funding opportunities for conference visits, and an interdisciplinary training package including regular workshops offered by international experts. Candidates will conduct their primary research within the individual project P1 but are also expected to collaborate with other project teams, including in a “bridge” project linking historical linguistic and psycholinguistic research questions. For more information on the Research Unit, see: silpac.uni-mannheim.de.

The successful candidates will be responsible for designing experimental tasks; organizing and carrying out data collection from English-German and English-French speakers in Germany and Canada; data processing and statistical analysis; participating in and contributing to conference presentations and publications; and attending retreats and lab exchanges. Candidates are also expected to submit a doctoral dissertation within the four-year period.

We are looking for highly motivated PhD students with a master’s degree (or equivalent) in linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, or a related discipline with a strong background in psycholinguistics, solid statistical skills, good communication skills, and an interest in multilingualism, language contact and/or language acquisition. Native or near-native command of French, English, and/or German is highly desirable. Experience with priming methods and/or with collecting, transcribing, and analysing linguistic data would be an advantage.

Please e-mail your application to <allen@sowi.uni-kl.de>, with subject line “SILPAC position”. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file attachment and should include the following:
- cover and motivation letter
- academic CV
- list of publications and presentations (if applicable)
- description of relevant research experience
- copies of academic degree certificates and transcript of records
The application deadline is November 30, 2021, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Interviews will be held (via Zoom) in December 2021.

The University of Kaiserslautern is an equal opportunities employer and seeks to increase the proportion of women in research, and thus strongly encourages qualified women to apply. Given equivalent qualifications and experience, applicants with disabilities will be given preference. When applying by email, please be aware that breach of confidentiality and unauthorised access by a third party cannot be excluded for a communication without encryption.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Shanley Allen: allen[at]sowi.uni-kl.de.


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