Postdoctoral Researcher: SPRINT Project, Speech Perception (1.0 FTE)

Updated: 15 days ago

  • Employment: 1.0 FTE
  • Gross monthly salary: € 3,821 - € 5,230
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Required background: PhD
  • Application deadline: 19 June 2022

Do you wish to join a high-level research team working jointly on an innovative research project spanning the fields of phonetics, phonology and pragmatics? This postdoctoral job opportunity is part of SPRINT (Speech Prosody in Interaction: The form and function of intonation in human communication), a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Prof. Amalia Arvaniti. SPRINT investigates the phonetics, phonology and pragmatics of intonation in a number of varieties of English and Greek, examining both production and perception. The project also involves a collaboration with Chris Cummins (Edinburgh) and Yiya Chen (Leiden) as senior scientists. You will work closely with the PI, senior scientists and the other members of the team.

You will be a key contributor to SPRINT, working alongside the PI, other postdocs, local assistants, and the project's lab manager. You will undertake and manage primarily quantitative research addressing the research questions tackled by the project, author research papers on these questions (in collaboration with the rest of the team), and disseminate project research in seminars, workshops, conferences and public engagement activities, thereby contributing to the promotion of SPRINT in social media and other online platforms.

Specifically, you will have primary responsibility for one of the two main strands of SPRINT's research, the processing of intonation in English and Greek, using behavioural experiments, and primarily eye-tracking and EEG. The aim of your research will be to probe the relevance of production findings for the processing of intonation. Your research will involve:
(a)  designing behavioural experiments on the processing of intonation, including experiments following existing paradigms (such as betting) and developing new paradigms suitable for intonation research; the languages tested with these experiments are English and Greek;
(b)  designing experiments related to the above, but using eye-tracking and EEG; the languages tested with these experiments are English and Greek
(c)  Setting up, collecting and analysing the resulting data.

To ensure the above tasks are completed, you will both supervise local assistants and contribute to the above tasks yourself. Data collection is likely to involve travel to the UK and Greece.

  • You hold a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. linguistics, cognitive science, psychology).
  • You have solid knowledge of linguistics and are familiar with experimental methodologies, statistical modelling, scripting languages, and applications used in research on speech perception in general and in SPRINT in particular (e.g. manipulation of stimuli, R, Python).
  • You have experience with eye-tracking and EEG, and psycholinguistic experimentation more generally.
  • You have experience with or the willingness and technical aptitude to familiarise yourself with software and applications used in SPRINT at Radboud University (e.g. ROLEG, the Radboud in-house system for preparing and managing experiments).
  • You have experience and are familiar with research on the processing of intonation or experimental pragmatics.
  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills in English; being a native speaker of British English or Greek will be an advantage but is not a requirement for this position.
  • You have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • You are able to work independently, under the PI's direction, and as part of a team.
  • You are able to be proactive and balance multiple project demands so as to complete research according to the project's deadlines.

We are

The Faculty of Arts is committed to producing knowledge with a significant scientific and social impact. With over 500 academic and support staff, we teach and conduct research in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication, using innovative methodologies and working in close collaboration between the disciplines. Our research is embedded in two research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). We currently have approximatively 2,500 students, enrolled in three departments: the Department of History, Art History and Classics, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Language and Communication. We aim to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world, which is why we especially seek applications from candidates who bring diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills that will be assets to our study programmes and research profiles.

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  • Employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,821 and a maximum of €5,230 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11 ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment. You will be appointed for an initial period of 2 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended for another 22 months.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services . Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Additional employment conditions
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions . You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.
Would you like more information?

For questions about the position, please contact Amalia Arvaniti, Professor of English Language and Linguistics at +31 24 361 14 22 or .

Practical information and applications
You can apply until 19 June 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Amalia Arvaniti. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A motivation letter (maximum 3 pages), which should explain how your academic background, skills and experience fit the duties associated with this position, how you think you will contribute to the success of SPRINT, and how you see your position in SPRINT contribute to your own career goals.
  • Your CV, including the names of two referees.
  • A copy of your doctoral degree or a statement by your supervisor confirming that you will have completed the required degree by the start date.
  • A copy of a published article.
  • Files (or link to openly available files) related to a recent project (dataset, scripts, etc.). 
The first round of interviews will take place on Wednesday 29 June.
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