South Slavic Postdoctoral Researcher Position

Position: Postdoctoral researcher (“post-doctoral assistant” DM: H019001) in the ESRC project Systematicity and Variation In Word Structure Processing Across Languages: A Neuro-Typology Approach (SAVaNT) at the Department of Comparative and General Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.

The official call in Slovenian can be found here.

Candidate’s profile:

  • PhD in cognitive science /linguistics /psychology/ neuroscience/ experimental linguistics
  • Native/excellent knowledge of Slovenian (and/or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) and excellent knowledge of English
  • Experience with psycholinguistic/neurolinguistic research including statistical knowledge, esp. familiarity with R or SPSS and experience with a range of experimental presentation tools, e.g. E-prime)
  • Good familiarity with morphological and morphosyntactic theories
  • A publication and conference presentation track record attesting to strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience working both independently and collaboratively

Additional experience that will be taken into account:

  • Experience with electrophysiology (EEG) and/or magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Experience with computer programming (esp. python, Matlab and/or javascript)
  • Experience with public engagement
  • Experience with workshop and summer school organization
  • Experience with project coordination

Job description:

The successful candidate will conduct psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic research related to morphological processing within the SaVANT project. This project investigates how speakers of a diverse range of languages solve the basic problem of detecting, recognizing and interpreting constituent pieces of complex words, by recording their brain activity while they read and judge the well-formedness of familiar and novel words in their language. The branch of the project the candidate will be working on focuses on Slovenian and BCS.

Specific tasks include: creation of experimental materials, data collection by using behavioral and brain-imaging techniques (EEG and MEG), data analysis, preparation of manuscripts for publication, organization of workshops, and one-on-one mentoring, for undergraduate and secondary school students, and project coordination.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Ljubljana and she/he will be working closely with Dr. Christina Manouilidou (University of Ljubljana) and Dr Rok Žaucer (University of Nova Gorica). The candidate should also be prepared to spend 60 days in the Neuroscience of Language Lab at NYU Abu Dhabi (directed by Prof. Alec Marantz), where the MEG experiment will be conducted and also travel to London and visit the project’s headquarters at the Morphemes and Meaning Lab, Queen Mary University of London (directed by Dr. Linnaea Stockall), and to conferences such as AMLaP and the SNL Annual Meeting to present results of the project. The candidate will benefit from affiliations to NYUAD and QMUL, and be in regular contact with members of the team based at these other institutions.

Duration of Contract: 36 months

Job Status: Full-time

Hours per week: 40

Starting date: May 1st 2021

How to apply

Applications should include:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position

According to the requirements for research employment at the University of Ljubljana, all candidates should have (at the time of the appointment) a valid academic title. In case they do not already have one at the time of application, their application should also include:

  • Evidence of meeting the qualitative and quantitative criteria for election into the title of “Assistant with Doctorate”. Requirements can be found here.
  • A statement that they agree that their application will also be treated as application for election to a title.

Applications should be sent to Mr. Jure Prevoršek at jure.prevorsek@ff.uni-lj.si

Two reference letters to be sent directly by the referees to Dr. Christina Manouilidou (Christina.Manouilidou@ff.uni-lj.si) will be greatly appreciated.

Deadline for application: 20.1.2021

Applications should be submitted in Slovenian or in English.

For informal inquiries regarding the project, please contact Dr. Christina Manouilidou (Christina.Manouilidou@ff.uni-lj.si)