Early Stage Researcher position (8):
The processing of figurative (indirect) language and pragmatic inferencing from visual context in typical and atypical language
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.
This project will run a series of studies with autistic children compared to typically developing peers, employing eye-tracking methodology inspired by the visual world paradigm. The focus will be on comprehension processes in reading texts, the use of contextual and visual cues for disambiguation, and the processing of figurative (indirect) language. The tasks of the ESR involve: Design and implementation of experimental research using advanced methods (e.g., eye-tracking, EEG/ERP), statistical modeling of the data and dissemination of the results. The ESR will be conduct research with deficit populations (e.g., ASD) and typically developing children.
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. Experience from clinical research or screening for deficits is strongly desired. 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 Prof. Mila Vulchanova, Dr. Valentin Vulchanov, NTNU and Prof. David Saldaña, University of Seville, Spain.
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:
Dr. Valentin Vulchanov
Department of Modern Languages
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
7491 Trondheim, Norway