Open Positions

Ph.D. position at ZAS Berlin

Applications are invited for a doctoral position (65% full-time equivalent) at the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin, on a project funded by the German Research Council within the priority program Experimental Pragmatics: “The Pragmatic Status of Iconic Meaning in Spoken Communication: Gestures, Ideophones, Prosodic Modulations” (directed by Cornelia Ebert, Manfred Krifka, Susanne Fuchs).

The sub-project will use motion capture recordings (under the supervision of Susanne Fuchs) and audio-visual speech processing experiments to investigate speech-gesture interaction and the pragmatic status of ideophones and prosodic modulations. Starting date is 1st of August 2017. The contract runs for three years.

– Design of tasks and experiments that elicit ideophones and prosodic modulations
– Recruitment of subjects and execution of recordings and experiments
– Analysis of body gestures and speech involved in ideophones, prosodic modulations
– Preparation of journal publications and international conference presentations

– Completed MA in phonetics or speech science
– Very good competence in German
– expertise in prosody or audio-visual processing

Desirable expertise in:
– computational linguistics
– semantics & pragmatics
– statistics
– kinematic analysis
– programming skills in Praat, Matlab and R

Applicants should submit
– a letter of motivation (1 page)
– a curriculum vitae (2 pages) including information about courses taken
– 2 potential references (names + e-mail, no letters required yet)

Applications should be sent until the 15th of June 2017 to The Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Three Ph.D. positions in Cognitive Psychology, Psycholinguistics, and Experimental Pragmatics at Tübingen University

Three position for Ph.D. students in the fields of Cognitive Psychology, Psycholinguistics, and Experimental Pragmatics are to be filled as of 1st of July, 2017 as Research Assistants („Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in”) with an E13 TV-L 65% salary schema:

1. Cognitive Psychology/Psycholinguistic (4 years, until 30th of June, 2021, supervisor: Markus Janczyk, Dept. of Psychology)
2. Experimental Pragmatics/Psycholinguistic/Cognitive Modeling (4 years, until 30th of June, 2021; supervisors: Michael Franke and Gerhard Jäger, Dept. of Linguistics)
3. Experimental Pragmatics/Psycholinguistic/Cognitive Modeling (3 years, supervisor: Michael Franke)

Positions 1 and 2 are funded within the DFG Collaborative Research Center “SFB 833 (“The Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures”), and Position 3 is funded within the DFG Priority Program SPP 1727 (“”). The projects investigate the time-course of presupposition processing (positions 1 and 2) and aim to develop probabilistic cognitive models for data from behavioral tasks on pragmatic utterance generation and online interpretation (positions 2 and 3).

Applicants should hold a university degree (Master or diploma) in Cognitive Science, Psychology with a focus on Cognitive Psychology, or Linguistics, and they should bring a strong interest in the study of natural language, knowledge of experimental methods and data analyses. Programming skills (e.g., MatLab, R, C++) are an advantage. Successful applicants will work on a Ph.D. dissertation in Psychology (position 1) or Linguistics (positions 2 and 3). Duties include the development and realization of cognitive models and experimental studies, data analyses, presentation of results at scientific conferences, and publication in international journals.

The positions may start July 1st, 2017 or soon after. Payment is offered according to TV-L (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder) and includes all usual supplementary services. Candidates will be officially employed by the administration of the University of Tübingen. As the University of Tübingen strives to increase the proportion of female employees in academia, women are particularly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference.

Applications should include a short CV, a short motivation letter including an outline of research experience and academic interests (no more than 2 pages), as well as names and addresses of up to three references and a short writing sample. Applications should be sent by email in a single PDF file to the address below, indicating the position(s) they apply for. Closing date for applications: May 15, 2017.
Applications and inquiries should be sent to Michael Franke (

Applications Deadline: 15-May-2017

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Michael Franke
Wilhelmstraße 19
Tübingen 72072

Contact Information:
Michael Franke