Postdoc Position in Bilingualism and Cognitive Science, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland

02.02.2017
ESCOP

Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral position in the Psychology of Language and Bilingualism Lab (langusta.edu.pl/en) at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. The position is funded by the Polish National Science Centre grant “Competition or coordination? Impact of short-term and long-term language experience on language regulation and cognitive functions in bilinguals” (PI: Dr. Zofia Wodniecka). The project investigates Polish-English bilinguals both in Poland and in the UK; some knowledge of Polish will be an asset, but is not essential. Most importantly, we are looking for an innovative postdoctoral candidate with a background in cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, or linguistics who will play a key role in a project examining how different forms of language experience (including language immersion) influence language processing. The project’s methodology combines behavioral, ERP and eye-tracking paradigms. The project will be carried out in collaboration with prof. Antonella Sorace at the University of Edinburgh. The postdoctoral scholar will be stationed at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, but a substantial amount of testing will be carried out in Edinburgh and hence the position requires readiness for mobility.

Requirements:
Candidates must have a Ph.D in Psychology, Neuroscience, Experimental Linguistics, or a related field, or they must have completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D by the time of appointment. Other requirements include: strong scientific record (including high quality dissertation, publications in peer-reviewed journals), extensive experience in planning and conducting experiments in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics, preferably in the areas connected to the topic explored in the project (language comprehension and production, executive functions, etc.), good knowledge of statistics, fluency in English (knowledge of Polish will be an asset but is not a must), and a documented ability to work well both independently and in a team. Prior experience with the eye-tracking and/or EEG techniques is strongly preferred. Strong programming and statistical skills is a plus.

The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to design, coordinate and conduct experiments as well as statistical analyses. They will present data at scientific meetings, write manuscripts, participate in lab meetings and events, and engage in the training of junior lab members. There will be many opportunities to interact with other research labs at the Institute of Psychology (http://www.psychologia.uj.edu.pl) and beyond. The initial appointment will be for three years, with the possibility of renewal up to 54 months in total. Salary and benefits are based on the National Science Center guidelines, the total gross monthly salary (including benefits; so called “brutto brutto”) will be 7000PLN.

Applications should include: 1) a CV; 2)a cover letter with a statement of research experience, interests and the motivation to contribute to the project; 3) two letters of recommendation; 4) a copy of the diploma. All applications should be sent to Dr. Zofia Wodniecka at zofia.wodniecka@uj.edu.pl.
Apart from the documents mentioned above, the candidate will be required to fill in Polish application forms. Therefore if you are interested in the position, contact the PI as soon as possible to receive assistance with their preparation.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until March 15th, 2017 or until the position is filled. The start date of the appointment is flexible, although mid 2017 is preferable. Interviews with selected candidates will be held either at the Institute of Psychology or via Skype. The results of the application process will be announced no later than April 20th, 2017. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Zofia Wodniecka.