Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Positions on Interactional Foundations of Language (MPI Nijmegen)

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Postdoctoral Research Positions: Interactional Foundations of Language

In connection with the ERC Advanced Grant to Stephen Levinson, three postdoctoral staff positions are expected to be available from June 1st 2011, in the general field of the study of human communication interaction.
The research will have two foci: (i) interactional timing and synchronization, and (ii) the process of action and speech act recognition.

We are now looking for researchers who can address either or both of these foci from at least one of the following methodologies:
(a)  interactive analysis of a non-Indo-European language (or any sign language) using corpus methods and statistics
(b) developmental studies of interaction with pre-linguistic infants and/or children to the age of seven using experimental techniques
(c)  studies of online processing during interactive language use with e.g. EEG or eye-tracking

The positions will be for one or two years in the first instance, renewable for up to five years. Pure research positions, with access to all the requisite lab facilities (cognitive neuroimaging, reaction time, baby-lab, etc.), they offer excellent opportunities to learn new techniques and build a vita. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. The business of the institute is conducted in English and candidates should have excellent written and spoken command of this language.

Applicants are advised to explore the MPI for Psycholinguistics website (e.g.,

Applications should include a vita, a clear statement of personal research goals, a description of special research skills, attached sample publications, and the names of three referees. Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until the positions are filled.

Please send applications (in English) electronically to:
Edith Sjoerdsma, email address below (secretary to Prof. S.C. Levinson)
Application Deadline:  (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
       Ms Edith Sjoerdsma
       Phone: 0031243521276
       Fax: 0031243521300

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