Thursday, December 15, 2011

Doctoral position in General Linguistics at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

The Emmy Noether Research Group ''Neurolinguistic Foundations of Information Structure'' (funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG) headed by Petra Schumacher is seeking to fill the position of a doctoral researcher. Starting date: February 1, 2012 or soon thereafter. 
The doctoral position is part of a neurolinguistic project that investigates language comprehension at the interface of syntax, semantics and information structure ( The doctoral researcher will work within our group on a project that investigates referential processing in German. The project will either extend previous research with unimpaired comprehenders or investigate referential processing in aphasia patients. The primary experimental method employed will be event-related brain potentials. 
The ideal candidate should have a degree in linguistics or a related discipline. S/he should have a keen interest in experimental work, as well as in syntactic and pragmatic theory. Experience with event-related brain potentials and/or language impairment research will be a plus. Knowledge of German would be beneficial. The successful candidate will work towards a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Mainz on a topic related to the research group.
The position has an initial term for two years, with the possibility of extension contingent on future funding. The salary and social benefits are determined by the German pay scale for state employees (EG 13 TV-L 50%).
Interested candidates are invited to send their application materials electronically to Pdf files are preferred. Applications can be written in German or English and should include CV, contact information of at least two referees, and a brief statement of research interests.
Applications received by January 06, 2012 will receive full consideration, but the search continues until the position is filled.
For more information contact Petra B. Schumacher by email at

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