Postdoctoral Researcher: The Impact of Using Informal or Polite Pronouns of Address (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

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  • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
  • Gross monthly salary: € 2,790 - € 4,402
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Required background: PhD
  • Application deadline: 9 July 2021


We are looking for

Speakers of languages such as Dutch, German, French and Spanish have a choice between using either a polite (V) or an informal (T) pronoun when addressing others. Within this project, you will investigate the effects of using either pronoun on addressees. 


Two PhD candidates will measure the impact of being addressed with T or V pronouns in Dutch, German, French and Spanish in a series of psycholinguistic experiments (questionnaire, self-paced reading, eye-tracking, EEG, skin conductance). You will contribute to this research and collaborate with the PhD candidates in designing and conducting the first sets of experiments. You will also be responsible for the organisation of two societal symposiums, one for language teachers and one for communication advisors, as well as for the organisation of a scientific workshop on address research. In addition to your 0.8 FTE appointment as a postdoctoral researcher, we can offer you a 0.2 FTE teaching position within the Department of Language and Communication of the Faculty of Arts.
We ask
  • You should have completed (or be near to completing) a PhD in Linguistics or a related field.
  • You have demonstrable experience in psycholinguistic experimental research.
  • You are a native or near-native speaker of Dutch.
  • You preferably have additional knowledge of German, French, and/or Spanish.
  • You are a team player with excellent communication and networking skills.
  • You have excellent writing skills.

We are

The Faculty of Arts employs over 550 academic and support staff in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication. Research is embedded in two faculty research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). The faculty currently enrols some 2,400 students 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 want to be a diverse and inclusive organisation, which is why we endeavour to create a culturally diverse staff. 

As a postdoctoral researcher you will participate in the Grammar and Cognition research group at the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) of the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University. The research is carried out as part of an NWO project, in which you will closely collaborate with two PhD candidates under the supervision of Prof. Helen de Hoop, Dr Lotte Hogeweg, and Dr Roel Willems.


Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


We offer
  • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • Depending on qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience, a gross monthly salary of €2,790 minimum and €4,402 maximum based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 10 ).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: 2.5 years
  • The intended start date is 1 November 2021.
  • 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.

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 more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. dr. Helen de Hoop, Professor of Linguistics
Tel.: +31 481 35 37 62
Email: h.dehoop@let.ru.nl
Apply directly

Please address your application to Prof. dr. Helen de Hoop and submit it, using the application button, no later than 9 July 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

The first round of interviews will take place on 14 July.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.


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