Job opportunity: PhD position at Institut Jean-Nicod (CNRS, Paris)

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PhD position at Institut Jean-Nicod (CNRS, Paris)

The LINGUAE group of Institut Jean-Nicod (CNRS, Paris) expects to offer a position in sign language linguistics or psycholinguistics at the PhD level in Spring or Fall 2013 (the starting date is flexible).

The PhD position is for 3 years for work advised by one or several members of our group, contingent upon satisfactory scientific and organizational achievements after the first year.

The following are expected of the applicant:

(i) s/he should provide evidence of strong abilities/achievements in either (a) formal methods and theoretical linguistics (especially syntax and semantics/pragmatics), or (b) experimental methods and psycholinguistics;

(ii) s/he should have strong knowledge of at least one sign language, and should have studied or conducted research on sign language linguistics or psycholinguistics;

(iii) s/he should be willing to learn some LSF quickly and to conduct fieldwork and/or experimental work on LSF, as well take an active role in the interaction with the Deaf community in Paris;

(iv) s/he should be willing to take an active part in developing multidisciplinary research within a group with a strong formal and experimental component, and broad interests in linguistics and cognitive science. (Institut Jean-Nicod is a member of the Institut d’Etude de la Cognition at École Normale Supérieure, which also includes dynamic groups in psycholinguistics and psychology (LSCP) and various fields cognitive science and neuroscience).

Details about the PhD position: Funding will cover student fees and a one-year fellowship (approximately 1,500 €/month). Internal or external funding for the following years is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the tasks and submission of an acceptable 1st year progress report. Applicants should have appropriate undergraduate degree qualifications (MA degree in theoretical linguistics or psychology is preferable). The student will be based in the LINGUAE group of Institut Jean-Nicod, but will be enrolled in a Paris university at the PhD level, for work advised by one or several members of our group. As partial fulfillment of the Ph.D. requirements, the successful applicant will attend courses and seminars offered within a linguistics and/or cognitive science program. Small organizational and/or teaching responsibilities are also required.


For full consideration, please send an application and arrange to have letters of reference sent by March 31st. All materials should be sent by e-mail to the application email address below (letters of reference may be sent in scanned form):

The file should include a CV, a very brief statement of research interests, a writing sample, as well as links to papers (or electronic versions thereof).

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Carlo Geraci (email:

Application Deadline: 31-Mar-2013

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:

Dr. Carlo Geraci

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