Post-doctoral researcher Semantics and Pragmatics

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Leibniz

The  Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS, www.leibniz-zas.de ) is a research institute of the Leibniz Association in Berlin, which receives basic funding from federal and state governments and carries out research projects with third-party funding. The institute’s staff, currently numbering about 60, investigates human linguistic ability in general and in individual languages in order to create scientific foundations for societal benefit. 

ZAS invites applications for a three-year

post-doctoral research position

in the research area 4 ­- Semantics and Pragmatics – starting between September 1st, 2023 and January 1st, 2024.  The position is planned to be for full-time (38.5 hours/week), but applications for less than full-time hours will be considered. The availability of funding is not fully certain at this point.

Important data:

  • application deadline: July 14th, 2023
  • start date: September 1st, 2023 or soon thereafter
  • address for applications: sauerland(at)leibniz-zas.de

Benefits of the position:

  • work in a large and established group in semantics-pragmatics
  • opportunity for independent research within the overarching research themes of ZAS
  • support to apply for own grant funding from DFG, ERC, and other sources
  • pay at the TVöD 13 Bund level of the German governmental scale
  • further benefits such as 30 vacation days and some research funds
  • brand-new office space in a central area in Berlin-Wilmersdorf
  • access to four labs (child-lab, motion-capture, phonetics, and eye-tracking)
  • possibility to teach at Berlin area universities if desired

Requirements:

  • strong research expertise in semantics and pragmatics
  • completed Ph.D. by the time of appointment
  • publication profile commensurate with career stage
  • at most four years of work experience after the Ph.D. (this excludes periods of parental leave and/or obligatory service)
  • evidence of both team-work skills and independent thinking
  • the hired candidate must take a registered residence in Berlin, Germany

Desired qualifications:

  • research interests that relate to existing expertise at ZAS, especially in the semantics-pragmatics group (e.g. measurement, cross-linguistic semantics, syntax/semantics interface, pragmatic modeling)
  • interest in and extendable knowledge of experimental methods and statistics
  • leadership and grant writing skills

Application procedure:

Applications should be sent in one PDF file to sauerland(at)leibniz-zas.de .  The PDF file should contain a cover letter including a research plan, the CV, documentation of relevant periods of parental leave and/or obligatory service, the names and e-mail addresses of three potential referees (no letters need to be submitted at this stage), and up to three sample publications, which may include the dissertation.

We value diversity and welcome all applications – regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, disability, age and sexual orientation. Applications from severely disabled individuals will receive priority consideration if qualifications are equal. The ZAS is certified by the audit “berufundfamilie” for ensuring family-friendly working conditions. The ZAS strives to strengthen the gender balance and diversity of the staff in all working areas and at all scientific levels. Members of groups traditionally underrepresented in German academic positions as well as in science supporting positions are especially encouraged to apply. In addition, ZAS strives to implement the principles of Open Science. 

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