26.2052, Jobs: Cognitive Science; Pragmatics: Post Doc, Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS)

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Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:32:49
From: Fabienne Salfner [xprag.de at gmail.com]
Subject: Cognitive Science; Pragmatics: Post Doc, Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Germany

University or Organization: Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin 
Job Location: One of the participating projects' locations in Germany, Germany 
Web Address: http://www.xprag.de
Job Title: XPrag.de Junior Fellow
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Pragmatics 


XPrag.de is offering four 12-month fellowships starting between October 2015
and April 2016.

In the priority program SPP 1727 "New Pragmatic Theories based on Experimental
evidence (XPrag.de)" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
researchers from the fields of linguistics, psychology and neuroscience are
collaborating in 16 individual scientific projects at eight different German

Experimental Pragmatics is a new interdisciplinary field of research which has
emerged within the last decade. It combines research in Gricean pragmatics
with the formal models of modern grammar and the powerful experimental methods
of psychology and neuroscience. As a result, Experimental Pragmatics can
theoretically state and then empirically test much more precise hypotheses
than research in pragmatics previously could. Experimental Pragmatics is
thereby expected to lead to a new theory of mechanisms involved in language
understanding. Four starting points make substantial progress in pragmatics
possible, namely Pragmatic Theory, Formal Models, Embodied Cognition and
Experimental Methods. Experimental Pragmatics fruitfully connects the four
starting points, and it already has shown its potential to go beyond these
starting points to establish new insights in all four areas. 

XPrag.de offers a Start-up Funding program to support outstanding recent Ph.D.
graduates for a time period of 12 months each. Each funded fellow will join an
individual XPrag.de project to prepare her/his own research proposal for the
second funding period of XPrag.de (May 2017 - April 2020), which usually is an
application for the fellow's own funding. The research proposal is supposed to
be submitted to the DFG by end of October 2016.

The applicant must choose a suitable post doctoral supervisor for the time of
the fellowship in advance.  Any PI of a current XPrag.de project in Germany is
eligible to act as supervisor. Beyond the support by the supervisor on a
regular basis successful candidates will be offered additional support in the
form of research training opportunities, funds for pilot experiments,
workspace, etc.  Fellows can also participate in the bottom-up programs of
XPrag.de such as the workshop program as well as the mentoring program and the
emergency daycare program. Fellows will receive a grant of 1400 € per month.

For more information about XPrag.de, an overview of participating projects and
contact data of principal investigators visit our website:


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree by the start of the fellowship. 
Please submit a 2-page (maximum) outline of your project idea and lay out your
career planning. Additionally, please provide your CV, sample writings,
contact details of two references, and two letters: one letter of commitment
of the potential hosting institution in which the host commits to provide
adequate workspace.

In a second letter the potential supervisor needs to affirm that s/he will act
as supervisor and hold at least monthly meetings with the fellow and that s/he
will provide access to equipment and funding for necessary pilot experiments. 
All application documents must be submitted as a single pdf to
xprag.de at gmail.com. The application deadline is June 20th, 2015 and applicants
will be notified by July 15th, 2015.

Proposals are evaluated and ranked by the steering committee of XPrag.de with
respect to their potential to be accepted by the DFG as XPrag.de project for
the 2017-2020 funding period.

Application Deadline: 20-Jun-2015 
Email Address for Applications: xprag.de at gmail.com 
Contact Information:
	Fabienne Salfner 
	Email: xprag.de at gmail.com 

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