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Three PhD studentships in psycholinguistics

The interface between memory and language in multilingualism

 

We offer three positions in psycholinguistics in connection to the project “the interface between memory and language in multilingualism”. This project investigates language processing in a first and second language and its relation with memory processes. The project is unique because of its wide scope of psycholinguistic processes under examination (listening, reading, speaking, self-monitoring, of words, sentences, texts, and discourse), its focus on the interface between language and memory, and in its relation with educational sciences. The project uses laboratory studies (reaction time studies, “megastudies”, corpus studies, eye-tracking, neuro-imaging methods), computational modeling, and intervention studies in classroom settings.

 

The project is funded by a “concerted research effort” grant from the special research fund of Ghent University, awarded to Rob Hartsuiker (spokesperson), Wouter Duyck, Marc Brysbaert, and Martin Valcke. It runs from 2013 – 2018.

 

We are currently recruiting three PhD students on this project. The researchers will be based at the department of Experimental Psychology (http://expsy.ugent.be/staff/cstaff.htm ), of Ghent University (http://www.ugent.be/en).

 

 

Post 1:  self-monitoring of production and comprehension in L1 and L2

 

The PhD student will investigate the processes by which speakers and readers monitor their own linguistic performance in both an L1 and L2. This involves monitoring one’s own language production processes (am I saying what I meant to say? Is my speech linguistically well-formed?) as well as their own comprehension processes (am I understanding what I am reading? Did my attention just drift off? Will I remember this later on?). The project will use a variety of behavioral paradigms, including ones that elicit errors and corrections in speech, that test for “mind wandering” during reading, and that measure “calibration” during studying (i.e., the match between predicted and actual success on a comprehension test).

 

Start date: 1 October 2014

Duration: 4 years

Supervisor: Robert Hartsuiker

 

Profile

 

- you hold a Master’s degree in psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience or a related discipline (you need to have your diploma before you can start the post; thus students finishing this summer are also eligible to apply).

 

- you are fascinated by the neural and cognitive systems underlying linguistic performance; your interest is demonstrated by the course curriculum you followed and in particular by your choice of thesis and/or internship topic.

 

The position will be at the level of doctoral bursary. The project will culminate after four years in a PhD thesis. Salary is according to standard Belgian regulations (scholarship: ± €22.000, net/year). Although the governing language at Ghent University is Dutch, knowledge of Dutch is not a pre-requisite.

 

Please contact Robert Hartsuiker (robert.hartsuiker@ugent.be +32 9 264 6436) for informal enquiries or a copy of the project text.

 

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Robert Hartsuiker, no later than 25 June 2014. Your application package should contain: (1) motivation letter; (2) curriculum vitae, including an indication of your study results and the contact details of at least two referees; (3) a sample of your work (e.g., master’s thesis, report of internship, submitted manuscript, and so on) or an extensive summary thereof. We foresee to interview shortlisted candidates on the 2nd of July.

 

Post 2: semantic memory in L1 and L2

The PhD student will investigate the organization of semantic memory in a first and second language of multilinguals, using large-scale data collections (generation of semantic features and associations), computational modeling, and behavioral experiments (cross-language priming). Depending on the interests and qualifications of the candidate, it is also conceivabe that the project will involve an fMRI study.

 

Start date: 1 October 2014

Duration: 4 years

Supervisor: Marc Brysbaert

 

Profile:

 

- you hold a Master’s degree in psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience or a related discipline (you need to have your diploma before you can start the post; thus students finishing this summer are also eligible to apply).

 

- you are fascinated by the neural and cognitive systems underlying linguistic performance; your interest is demonstrated by the course curriculum you followed and in particular by your choice of thesis and/or internship topic.

 

-experience with computational modeling is a distinct advantage.

 

The position will be at the level of doctoral bursary. The project will culminate after four years in a PhD thesis. Salary is according to standard Belgian regulations (scholarship: ± €22.000, net/year). Although the governing language at Ghent University is Dutch, knowledge of Dutch is not a pre-requisite.

 

Please contact Marc Brysbaert (marc.brysbaert@ugent.be +32 9 264 9425) for informal enquiries or a copy of the project text.

 

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Marc Brysbaert, no later than 25 June 2014. Your application package should contain: (1) motivation letter; (2) curriculum vitae, including an indication of your study results and the contact details of at least two referees; (3) a sample of your work (e.g., master’s thesis, report of internship, submitted manuscript, and so on) or an extensive summary thereof. We foresee to interview shortlisted candidates on the 2nd of July.

 

Post 3:  visual word recognition in L1 and L2

This PhD student will do research on word recognition and text comprehension in a first and second language of multilinguals including a very large-scale study on eye-movements during L1 and L2 reading. The research also includes smaller-scale experimental studies that investigate effects of “advance organizers” on eye-movement parameters in text understanding.

 

Start date: 1 October 2014

Duration: 4 years

Supervisor: Wouter Duyck

 

Profile

- you hold a Master’s degree in psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience or a related discipline (you need to have your diploma before you can start the post; thus students finishing this summer are also eligible to apply)

- you are fascinated by the neural and cognitive systems underlying linguistic performance; your interest is demonstrated by the course curriculum you followed and in particular by your choice of thesis and/or internship topic.

- experience in eye-tracking research is an asset

 

The position will be at the level of doctoral bursary. The project will culminate after four years in a PhD thesis. Salary is according to standard Belgian regulations (scholarship: ± €22.000, net/year). Although the governing language at Ghent University is Dutch, knowledge of Dutch is not a pre-requisite.

 

Please contact Wouter Duyck (wouter.duyck@ugent.be +32 9 264  6435 for informal enquiries or a copy of the project text.

 

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Wouter Duyck, no later than 25 June 2014. Your application package should contain: (1) motivation letter; (2) curriculum vitae, including an indication of your study results and the contact details of at least two referees; (3) a sample of your work (e.g., master’s thesis, report of internship, submitted manuscript, and so on) or an extensive summary thereof. We foresee to interview shortlisted candidates on the 2nd of July.

 

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