Early Stage Researcher position (4):
Discourse reference and situation models in situated child language comprehension
Marie Curie Initial Training Network LanPercept invites applications for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) available from August, 2013 at the Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab at the Department of Modern Languages, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. Applicants should hold and MSc/MA (or 4 year honors Bachelors degree) in linguistics, psycholinguistics or cognitive psychology and be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research career. Please, see general eligibility criteria and mobility rules at www.lanpercept.eu.
The project will investigate how extra-linguistic sensory affordances, such as visual actions and emotions interact with event and information structure – semantic causality and linguistic focus – and affect the real time comprehension of ambiguous discourse reference and the ensuing situation models in children. The tasks of the ESR involve: Design and implementation of experimental research combining visual world eye-tracking methodology with reference assignment and story continuation, statistical modeling of the data and dissemination of the results.
Demonstrated experience with experimental research is especially desired, as well as knowledge and skills of eye-tracking methods and/or statistical analysis methods. The ESR is expected to pursue a PhD in linguistics. The working language will be English; however, knowledge of Norwegian would be an asset. The duration of the appointment is three years. No tuition fees. The salary will follow the EU regulations at a basic rate of 38 000 €/year (+country coefficient ) + a mobility allowance.
The Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab at NTNU is an active research unit conducting experimental research in both first and second language acquisition, language processing and language and cognition across the life-span, with a focus on spatial categorisation and language, action understanding and language, language and cognition in developmental deficits. The equipment used at the Lab is a second generation Tobii eyetracker and an EyeLink eyetracker. In addition to the Lab Director, Prof. Mila Vulchanova, there are 5 PhD students affiliated with the Lab, as well as faculty across relevant departments (http://www.ntnu.edu/langdevlab). The project is co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. Terje Lohndal, NTNU and Prof. Mila Vulchanova, NTNU.
Application deadline 25th March 2013
Complete applications including: (1) a statement of research interests, (2) a full CV, (3) the names and e-mail addresses of two referees, (3) academic transcript, (4) list of publications (if any), and (5) a copy of the masters or honours thesis, or other representative sample of your work, should be e-mailed as a single PDF to:
Prof. Mila Vulchanova
Department of Modern Languages
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
7491 Trondheim, Norway