PhD – Leibniz-ZAS

Department: Laboratory Phonology
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Duties: Project Work
Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics

PhD position at Leibniz-ZAS
The Research Area Laboratory Phonology at Leibniz-ZAS in Berlin invites applications for a three-year PhD position in the project Grammatical tinnitus and its role in the perception of foreign language accent. A comparison of German and Polish (GRANITUS) funded by by the German-Polish Science Foundation (DPWS). It should ideally start on October 1, 2020. The remuneration is 1300 €/month (tax-free).

The project has the overarching goal of gaining more insight into the perception processes of foreign language accents. It aims to show that perception is not only based on the linguistic signal, but is a much more complex phenomenon. It will examine factors that relate to (i) the signal, (ii) the speaker, and (iii) the listener in the German-Polish context.

Of particular importance are the following questions:
Question 1: If both phonetic and grammatical features influence the perception of foreign language accent, are there differences in their weighting? Are we more sensitive to phonetic pecularities and do we turn a deaf ear to grammatical mistakes?

Question 2: To what extent does the attitude of the listener towards the speaker play a role in the perception of the foreign language accent? Does the information about the speaker’s origin also influence perception?

Question 3: What role does the linguistic background of the listener play in the perception of the foreign language accent? Is there a difference between mono- and multilingual listeners?To answer these questions, a series of experiments is planned on perception and event-related potentials (ERP).The PhD thesis will be supervised by Dr Marzena Żygis PD (Leibniz ZAS, Berlin, Germany) and Prof. Joanna Blaszczak (Uniwersytet Wroclawski, Poland).

The candidate should hold a Masterʼs degree in a relevant field (linguistics, phonetics, psychology) or be close to completion. Knowledge in statistics is desirable, as indeed are skills and potential for independent/self-motivated work and experience in empirical research.

Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV, copies of academic certificates and the names of two potential referees and their email addresses in a single pdf file to Marzena Żygis (

Applications Deadline: 30-Jun-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Marzena Zygis
Berlin 10117

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Marzena Zygis

PostDoc in Language Documentation, Typology, Corpus Linguistics, and Archiving – Berlín

Organization: Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)
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Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology; Language Archiving


The Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) invites applications for one PostDocs position. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2020.

The position is part of the collaborative project “QUEST: Quality – Established. Testing and applying curation criteria and quality standards for audiovisual, annotated linguistic data”. (see The QUEST project develops – in consultation with the research community – quality standards and curation criteria for annotated, audiovisual linguistic data and develops and tests quality control procedures for the creation and curation of such resources. QUEST focuses on digital research data collected through language documentation and through research on multilingualism, but aims to develop more widely applicable standards. QUEST will improve existing data sets and future data collection procedures in terms of reproducibility of research results and long-term accessibility and reusability, also for wider scientific and non-scientific uses.

QUEST is carried out by a consortium of four German research institutions, in collaboration with international partners. The applicant will contribute to the subproject “AP 2.1 Kurationskriterien für sprachtypologische Sekundärnutzung” carried out at the Leibniz-ZAS Berlin. Responsibilities include the development of criteria for the curation of language documentation data for cross-linguistic research, in particular annotated texts stemming from fieldwork on small, often endangered languages, typically in ELAN format. The aim of this subproject is to develop and establish a label for annotated spoken corpora that certifies their usability for cross-linguistic corpus research, allowing for the application of quantitative methods. Another aim of the project at the Leibniz-ZAS Berlin in Berlin is to develop and carry out exemplary cross-linguistic studies using QUEST data in collaboration with project partners. The successful candidate will take over from the current state of the project, in which documentations of individual corpora are being prepared.

Within ZAS, the applicant will collaborate with the DoReCo project ( Within the QUEST consortium, the applicant will collaborate with the QUEST project partner projects in Hamburg, Cologne, and Mannheim (see

We are looking for a person with experience in language documentation, corpus building, language archiving, and in language typology and linguistic theory. A working knowledge of German is a plus.

The PostDoc position commences on October 1, 2020, with a fixed term until April 30, 2022.

Please apply via Email until July, 1, 2020, with one single pdf file, subject “QUEST application”, to both Frank Seifart ( and Manfred Krifka (

Your application should contain:
– A cover letter that states in particular the nature of your interest in the project and your expertise that you would contribute
– Your CV with a list of your publications,
– The names and e-mail addresses of two persons that would provide a reference if so asked.ZAS is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline: 01-Jul-2020

Email Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Dr Frank Seifart

Post-doc position – University of Potsdam

Post-doc position in the SFB 1287 (Project B05) / Cognitive Science: Methods and Language Lab

The SFB–project B05 “Variability and its limits in the time course of language production processes” within the DFG funded project “SFB 1287 – Variability in language” at the University of Potsdam, Germany, is recruiting a Post-doctoral researcher for a full time position (40 hours per week), for a period of 11 months (starting date: 01.08.2020). The end of the contract is defined by the end of the funding period of the first phase of the SFB.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a background in psycholinguistics or experimental linguistics (Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Linguistics). The ideal candidate has expertise in the analysis of EEG data and excellent written communication skills in English. Programming skills (Python, Matlab) are a plus.

His/her tasks will include: Writing and editing of journal articles, statistical analyses of existing data, collection, pre-processing and statistical analyses of novel experimental data. The candidate will also become a member of the Research Group Cognitive Science: Methods and Language (CSML) led by A. Bürki.

Applications including CV, cover letter, PhD thesis or two published articles, two letters of recommendation to be sent by email to abre una pestaña nueva) by May 31st, 2020.

Contact for further questions and your application: Audrey Bürki
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PhD Student, Goethe University Frankfurt

Department: Modern Languages
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Level: PhD
Duties: Research
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Semantics; Syntax, Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Typology

Doctoral Researcher (E13 TV-GU, 65%-part-time) funded for 3 years. The salary grade based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement applicable to Goethe-University (TV-G-U).
These positions are part of the Research Training School (RTG) ”Nominal Modification”, funded by the German Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The starting date is October 1, 2020. Each position will be funded for 3 years including social benefits.

Expectations and tasks:
The students are expected to write a dissertation based on independent research and to actively participate in the courses, workshops, and events offered by the RTG. They will be encouraged and financially supported to participate in international conferences and summer schools, and to conduct empirical research or field work. The students will also be supported in short term stays at an international university. Internationally renowned scholars will be invited for talks and seminars relevant to the research topics of the graduate students.

Detailed information about the aims of the research program, a list of potential dissertation topics, and a list of the faculty involved in the program can be found at

The dissertation should address the overarching topic of nominal modification; the focus can be on any of the linguistic sub-disciplines represented by the participating researchers at Goethe University.

The Research Training Group cooperates closely with the Grade Center ”Language“ of the Goethe Graduate Academy of Goethe-University (GRADE), which allows students to profit from their well-structured doctoral program, which offers a variety of further events and workshops regarding support and networking

Application Requirements:
Applicants should hold an M.A. in linguistics, or equivalent, with the degree completed by October 1, 2020.

Please add the following documents to your application:
– proposal (1-3 pages) in English describing the research topic the candidate plans to work on in his/her doctoral thesis and the candidate’s research interests. The research topic has to be related to nominal modification.
– representative sample of research work (e.g., the M.A. thesis or an advanced seminar paper);
– two names of referees who may be contacted by the search committee by mail;
– Curriculum Vitae (CV);
– transcripts of BA and MA courses (English or German version)
– BA degree
– MA degree (if not already available by the date of application to be handed in the latest by October 1, 2020).

All required documents for the application should be emailed as a pdf file (preferably as one pdf document) to the spokesperson of the graduate school Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke ( Please add as the subject line: nominal modification. Application deadline is March 31 2020. Further inquiries should be directed to the coordinator of the graduate school Dr. Derya Nuhbalaoglu (

Applications Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke
Goethe Universität
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
Frankfurt am Main Hessen 60629

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Dr. Derya Nuhbalaoglu

Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke

PostDoc – Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics

Job Title: Formal Semantics
Job Rank: Post Doc


The Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS, invites applications for an early-career post-doctoral research position in formal semantics with a starting date of September 1, 2020. The appointment is until the December 31, 2023. The position is only at 75% of full-time, but an simultaneous application for a 25% of full-time position within the ERC funded project “LeibnizDream” is possible (The ERC funding is approved, but still subject to final availability).

The ZAS is a university-independent research institute in Berlin, Germany and a member of the Leibniz Association. The opening is in area IV “Semantics and Pragmatics”. The ZAS is a leading international center for research in semantics and pragmatics, with an active program of workshops and colloquia, facilities for experimental research, and ample opportunities for collaboration. Additional facilities for experimental research are being set-up for the ERC project.

The duties of the position are primarily research oriented but include some administration. Some time can also be set aside for the acquisition of external funding. In addition, the appointee is encouraged, but not obligated to teach one class (90 min./week) per year that can be held at any university in the Berlin area. The position is remunerated according to E13 of the German TVOeD pay-scale at either 75% or 100%. Limited support for equipment, conference travel, experimental work and/or linguistic fieldwork is available.

For the 75% position, applicants must have defended their Ph.D by the time of the appointment. The applicants research accomplishments are expected to be proportional with the time after Ph.D. completion, so applicants should indicate forced interruptions of research work, e.g. for family or medical reasons. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in theoretical linguistics (specifically semantics and pragmatics) and a proven research experience and an active research agenda in theoretical semantics. Applicants are asked to formulate a research plan as part of the application. Special consideration will be given to applicants whose research integrates well with the existing strengths of the ZAS and its core research program, or complements it in an interesting way. For the additional 25% position, applicants should in addition have a background in experimental linguistic research, ideally language acquisition research and/or in crosslinguistic research. ZAS aims to strengthen the diversity of its staff and so members of groups traditionally underrepresented in German academic leadership positions are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted via electronic mail and include the following four items (1, 2 and 3 in PDF format, ideally in one PDF file): 1) a letter of intent specifying research experience and plans for the 75% in detail, as well as the starting date and the contribution to staff diversity (if any); 2) the curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications; 3) electronic copies of up to three representative publications; and 4) the names and email addresses of at least two scholars to be contacted for letters of recommendation. Applicants wishing for secure communication with PGP can contact us for the necessary encryption key.

Application Deadline: 29-Feb-2020

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Uli Sauerland