Open Positions

The Research Group of Prof. Dr. Mingya Liu at the Department of English and American Studies at Humboldt University Berlin invites applications for 1 Ph.D. position (Reference number: DR/087/19) to be filled as soon as possible on a fixed-term basis of 3 years.

The candidate is to participate in the research activities within the DFG-funded research project “The Semantics and Pragmatics of Conditional Connectives: Cross-Linguistic and Experimental Perspectives”, one of the participating projects in the Priority Program ( Responsibilities include particularly the investigation of conditional sentences in natural languages and the publication of the results. The candidate is expected to pursue a PhD in linguistics.

The position will be part-time (65%); salary and social benefits are determined by the German public service pay scale (E13 TV-L).

Requirements: Applicants should have an excellent academic degree (Master/Diploma) in linguistics, cognitive science, psychology or related fields. Ph.D. holders are not eligible for this position.

Knowledge of formal semantic- and pragmatic theories, as well as psycholinguistic methods (experimental design, data analysis) is mandatory, as well as an excellent command of English and German. The candidate should have skills of taking initiative, collaboration and time management. Experience with EEG- and eye-tracking methods is not required, but a plus.

Application Deadline: 14.05.19

Please send your application to:
 Humboldt University of Berlin, Linguistics and Literary Studies Faculty – Department of English and American Studies, Prof. Dr. Mingya Liu, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin or preferably by e-mail in a single PDF-file to Further information can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Mingya Liu (

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The Faculty of Modern Languages (FB 10), Goethe University Frankfurt, Linguistics/Semantics invites applications for 1 PhD position (E13 TV-G-U, 65% part-time) starting from June 1st 2019 (a later start is possible). The position is initially limited until November 30th 2019 and can be extended until September 30th 2020 (and, subject to funding, beyond that) as a 50% (E13 TV-G-U) part-time position. It is part of the project The Pragmatic Status of Iconic Meaning in Spoken Communication: Gestures, Ideophones, Prosodic Modulations (PSIMS) ( of the Priority Program


The position involves participation in the research activities of the project, which investigates the pragmatic status of iconic meanings in the three dimensions gesture, ideophones, and prosodic modulations. The main aim of the project lies in the development of formal semantic theories and empirical evaluations of those by experiments and corpus work. Responsibilities include particularly research on formal gesture semantics and the conception, execution, and evaluation of psycholinguistic experiments. Close cooperation with the other part of the research team at the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft in Berlin, including a PhD student working on phonetic/phonological aspects of iconicity, is required.

Application Requirements:

Applicants are expected to have an excellent academic degree (Master/Diploma) in linguistics or a related field. A good command of written and spoken English is mandatory, and German would be an advantage. They should have experience in formal semantics and pragmatics and experience with psycholinguistic methods is desirable. The candidate should enjoy working in an independent and pro-active manner.

Required documents (in English or German):

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Certificates
  • Name of two references

All required documents for the application should be emailed as one single pdf file to Cornelia Ebert ( Applications will be considered as they arrive. The final deadline for applications is May 15th 2019.