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Postdoctoral Researcher in Infant Rule Learning

Vacancy number
19-162 6177
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
08 April 2019
Closing date
23 April 2019

One day left to apply

The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is looking for a

Postdoctoral researcher in infant rule learning (0,80 FTE)

Project description
With a consortium of four babylabs from the Dutch Baby Brain & Cognition Network two key studies, fundamental to core debates in the field of infant studies and human cognition in general will be replicated: Marcus, Vijaya, Bandi Rao and Vishton (1999) and Kovács and Mehler (2004). With the replication of these studies the intention is to increase the statistical power of the studies, and to test the robustness of the original results when the experiments are performed in different labs, with babies from a different background. With this NWO funded replication project the Dutch Baby & Brain Network aims to solidify the results that address fundamental questions concerning human nature, by tackling the problem of statistical power and replicability in infant studies. 

Key responsibilities

  • Coordinating and writing the data-management plan;
  • Writing the research manuals for the labs;
  • Preregistration of the studies;
  • Instructing lab-assistants;
  • Visiting the labs;
  • Organizing (bi-)monthly group meetings;
  • Presenting results at conferences;
  • Active role in write-ups of the results.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD in Linguistics, Psychology or a related field;
  • Demonstrable experience with infant testing (Head-turn, Eyetracking);
  • Excellent managerial capacities in order to set up and coordinate the running of the experiments in four different locations;
  • Preferred qualifications include computational skills, such as knowledge of advanced statistical methods and coding abilities, and active knowledge of Dutch.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 7,000 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague. For more information: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

The Faculty has seven institutes, among which the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (http://www.lucl.nl/). LUCL has a longstanding tradition in the study of the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise and its own Linguistics Labs. Current theoretical insights are combined with modern experimental methods in its research profile area ‘Language Diversity in the World’.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fixed-term post for a period of 1.5 year, preferably starting June 15 2019. Salary range from € 2709.- to €4978.- gross per month (pay scale 10 or 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Depending on qualifications, the researcher may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until the candidate fully meets the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to the number of years of relevant work experience.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to the PI of the NWO project, Prof. dr. Claartje Levelt, email c.c.levelt@hum.leidenuniv.nl. 

Please submit online your application no later than 23 April 2019 via the blue button in our application system.
Applicants should submit online:

  • A motivation letter
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names, positions and contact information of two referees (no reference letters).

Interviews are planned in the week of 13 May 2019.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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