[CogSci] Postdoc position at the Language Lab in MIT

Paula Rubio-Fernandez prubio at mit.edu
Thu Oct 12 06:23:56 PDT 2017

A Researcher Position (SKO 1109) is available at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Oslo to carry out a research project at the Language Lab in MIT.
The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is associated with the FRIPRO project ‘Linguistic and cognitive factors in effective referential communication’ (Project No. 230718, http://www.hf.uio.no/csmn/english/research/projects/linguistic-and-cognitive-factors/index.html).
The position is available for a period of one year starting 1st of March 2018 (or 1st January if a suitable candidate is identified earlier), without teaching or administrative requirements. During those 12 months (which will be the last year of a 4-year project), the research project will be hosted by Professor Ted Gibson and his language lab (the ‘TedLab’ http://tedlab.mit.edu/) at the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT (Boston, Massachusetts).
The aim of the main research project is to investigate the development of those pragmatic abilities that sustain effective referential communication across the lifespan. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to contribute to this project by investigating the referential abilities of younger and older adults in interactive tasks, and the relation between these pragmatic abilities and memory capacity, executive control and Theory of Mind.
The successful candidate is expected to move to Boston for the entire duration of the project and become part of the research environment/network of the hosting department.
•    PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science or Linguistics, with a specialization in psycholinguistics/ experimental pragmatics
•    Advanced training and experience with eye-tracking methods in language research (preferably both language production and comprehension)
•    Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
•    Personal suitability and motivation for the position
Recent graduates are invited to apply provided their doctoral dissertation has been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline. Graduates with previous postdoctoral experience are also welcome to apply.
In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:
•   The applicant’s level of experience with eye-tracking methods in language research and advanced statistical analysis of eye-tracking data
•   The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame and to contribute to the main project
•   Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines.
We offer
•    Salary level 57 – 63 (490,900 NOK – 548,200 NOK; currently equivalent to 61,100 USD – 68,300 USD)
•    A professionally stimulating working environment at the TedLab.
•    Attractive welfare benefits<http://www.uio.no/english/for-employees/employment/welfare/>
Applicants must send the following attachments (preferably in PDF-format) to the email address at the bottom of the ad:
•    Application letter
•    Curriculum Vitae
•    List of publications
•    Sample first author publication (preferably including an eye-tracking study of language production and/or comprehension)
Applications received before 25th October will receive full review.
INQUIREIES AND APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT TO THE PROJECT LEADER AT: paula.rubio-fernandez at ifikk.uio.no<mailto:paula.rubio-fernandez at ifikk.uio.no>

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