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  Doctoral/Postdocoral position in linguistics/psychology of language at FAU, Erlangen, Germany

   Department of English and American Studies

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About the Project

The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg seeks to appoint a researcher with a specialization in linguistics or psychology of language to work on a project investigating the effects of literacy on linguistic knowledge, and in particular, morphosyntax. The researcher will help to design and carry out experiments with illiterate or semiliterate native speakers of Spanish testing their knowledge of grammatical structures which are typically acquired during the school years, as well collect and analyse speech samples. The data collection could take place in Spain or in a Latin American country.

The researcher will be based in the Department of English and American Studies and will be part of an international research group funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and headed by Prof. Ewa Dąbrowska. The group includes two post-doctoral researchers (all based at FAU) and five doctoral researchers (three at FAU and two at the University of Birmingham. The group’s research focuses on individual differences in first language (L1) and second/foreign language (L2) acquisition and attainment. In particular, we examine relationships between individual strengths and weaknesses in specific areas of linguistic and non-linguistic cognition, with a view to developing and testing hypotheses about which aspects of language depend on which aspects of cognition. Our research focusses on three main strands: explicit and implicit language aptitude, language and literacy, and fluency. For more details, see

Selection criteria



·      A good MA/PhD in Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology or a related area

·      Familiarity with usage-based models of language

·      Good IT and communication skills

·      Fluency in English and Spanish

·      Ability to work both independently and as part of a team 



·      Knowledge of German

·      Experience in designing and carrying out psycholinguistic experiments

·      Experience working with low-educated participants

·      Familiarity with standard statistical tests and software

Main Duties

·      Design and carry out research

·      Write up publications and present at conferences

·      Teach at undergraduate level (2-3 hours per week)

·      Undertake any other duties consistent with the level and nature of the post

Application process

Applications in English should be sent to Ms Gabel-Cunningam ([Email Address Removed]) and should include the following:

(1) a CV

(2) contact details for three referees

(3) a covering letter (about 2 pages) indicating how you could contribute to the project

(4) a work sample in English (e.g. an essay, MA dissertation or literature review; required only from candidates invited for an interview).  

Informal inquiries can be directed to Prof. Ewa Dąbrowska ([Email Address Removed]).

Deadline for applications: 10 July 2022

Salary starting point: €31799 per annum (65% of E13, point 1)

Starting time: 1 October 2020 or as soon thereafter as possible

Length of appointment: 3 years for PhD researcher, 2 years for to postdoctoral researcher (with the possibility of extension for an additional year)

The interviews for the position will take place in the first two weeks of August 2022 via video conferencing.  

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