Two full-time PhD studentships available to work on cognitive science and bilingualism.


Applications are invited for two funded research positions (leading to PhD dissertations) in the Psychology of Language and Bilingualism Lab at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Both positions are funded by the Polish National Science Centre grant  (SONATA BIS) “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. The project’s methodology combines behavioral, ERP and eye-tracking paradigms. A part of the project (focusing on impact of L2 immersion on first language attrition) will be carried out in collaboration with prof. Antonella Sorace at the University of Edinburgh.

We are looking for strong candidates with a background in experimental research (cognitive science, psycholinguistics; neurobiology/or language acquisition) and demonstrated and documented research experience. Some experience with ERP methodology and/or eyetracking as well as knowledge of programming and statistical analysis will be advantageous. A passion and a commitment to science, intellectual curiosity and ability to work in a team are essential. Successful candidates will be stationed at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, but for one position a substantial amount of testing will be carried out in Edinburgh and hence the position requires readiness for mobility. 

Funding: full-time PhD studentships  (up to 3000 PLN stipend/monthly depending on the declared and agreed involvement) for up to 54 months.

Preferred starting date: between June and October 2017 (some flexibility possible, but the sooner, the better).

Interested candidates should send an email to Dr Zofia Wodniecka as soon as possible  to discuss formal requirements related to this post. Please, make sure to also include: 1) your CV (with contact details of two academic references); 2) a cover letter with a statement of research experience and skills, interests and the motivation to contribute to the project (+ information which of the two positions would be more desired). After making the initial contact with the PI, apart from the documents mentioned above, the candidate will be required provide additional documentation.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue or until the position is filled.

More detailed information about formal requirements can be found here (information only in Polish)