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.

Responsibilities
– 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

Requirements
– 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 fuchsATzas.gwz-berlin.de The Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.