Funded PhD position (Hindi, corpus research)

Rukshin Shaher rukshin at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 28 09:09:59 UTC 2007

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The group in Empirical Methods in Syntax at the Linguistics Department

of the University of Potsdam, Germany, is seeking one doctoral-student

researcher to work on a corpus-research project involving information

structure in Hindi.

The starting date is sometime between January and March 2008.

Prerequisites are (i) a good background in any branch of cognitive

science (e.g., linguistics, psychology, computer science), with a

focus on corpus-based research of language, (ii) native knowledge of

Hindi (this includes native fluency in reading the Devanagari script),

and (iii) programming skills. Fluency in English will be an advantage.

Knowledge of German is not required but the successful candidate will be

expected to acquire a working knowledge of German over time.

The successful candidate will work in project C6 'Empirical and corpus

investigations of information structure in Hindi' within the

Sonderforschungsbereich 632 (Collaborative Research Centre

'Information structure', ), funded by

German Research Foundation ( For further information on

the SFB, visit the website above.

The position is temporary, with a contract extending over three years,

with the possibility of up to an additional year depending on various

factors. The salary and social benefits are determined by the German

pay scale for state employees (Entgeltgruppe: 13 TV-Laender,

Tarifgebiet Ost; formerly BAT-O IIa) and amounts to approximately EUR

1500 per month, working half-time. The exact salary amount varies

depending on the highest academic degree attained by the applicant,

marital status, age, and so on. The candidate will be expected to

enroll in the PhD program at the Institute for Linguistics at the

University of Potsdam.

The Empirical Methods group offers a very interactive academic

environment, with intensive student-faculty interaction and a

relatively large group of highly motivated researchers engaged in

psycholinguistic (experimental) research and computational cognitive

modeling.  There are strong research ties with other areas within

Linguistics, such as Clinical Linguistics, Computational Linguistics,

Phonology, and Syntax, and with the Department of Psychology at the

University of Potsdam.  In addition, close research collaborations are

maintained with the Department of Psychology, Michigan, and

Computational Linguistics, Michigan State University, in the USA.

The University of Potsdam is located in the exquisite city of Potsdam,

which is approximately 30 km from, and easily reachable by car and

express train, the vibrant capital of Germany, Berlin.

The University of Potsdam is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates are invited to send, via email, their

application materials (a CV, [links to] sample publications, a

brief statement of research interests and the names of two or three

referees). Applications received by Dec 31, 2007 will receive fullest

consideration; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Application materials should be sent to: rukshin at

Contact person:

Rukshin Shaher

Institute for Linguistics,

University of Potsdam
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