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Assistant Professor Psycholinguistics

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27 februari 2024
15 maart 2024 Vacature gesloten

The Faculty of Humanities, is looking for an

Assistant Professor Psycholinguistics (0.8 FTE) starting August 2024
Vacancy number 14626

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is looking for an assistant professor (Universitair Docent) to conduct research and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics. The LUCL expects the assistant professor to support and expand the current lines of research of the group of faculty members and PhD students in Psycho-/Neuro-linguistics and to help develop new approaches in research and education.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop, (co-)teach, and co-ordinate courses in Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, and Statistics in the BA (Language and Cognition track) and (Res)MA Linguistics programmes. Participate in teaching in the Minor Brain and Cognition courses;
  • Supervise BA and (Res)MA theses;
  • Co-supervise PhD students
  • Play an active role in recruiting BA and MA students by contributing to open days, orientation and information sessions;
  • Fulfill administrative duties within the BA and/or (Res)MA Linguistics programmes, the Minor Brain and Cognition, the LUCL institute and/or the Faculty of Humanities;
  • Conduct research in psycholinguistics and/or neurolinguistics and present the results in the form of publications, conference presentations and other means to academics, professional/societal partners and wider audiences;
  • Acquire project funding at the national, European or international level;

Selection criteria

  • You hold a PhD degree in Psycholinguistics and/or Neurolinguistics;
  • Your research preferably has affinity with linguistic theories;
  • You are an experienced and dedicated teacher with a strong academic teaching record, both at the BA and at the MA level, as demonstrated by teaching evaluations;
  • You have an excellent research track record, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications in international journals as well as presentations at major conferences;
  • You have demonstrated the ability to acquire funding for research projects at the national, international, or European level;
  • You have hands-on experience in conducting behavioural experiments, EEG experiments as well as some other experimental method; and you are open to applying new experimental methods;
  • You have demonstrable knowledge of modern statistics and proficiency in the statistical programming language R or a different programming language;
  • Your research preferably combines well with fields such as Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, or Robotics;
  • You are willing and able to participate in collaborations between researchers at LUCL, and to actively contribute to a thriving experimental linguistics community;
  • You support and put into practice the principles of Open Science.
  • You preferably conduct research (also) on languages other than typical Western languages such as English, and Dutch;
  • You have C2 proficiency in English (applicants are expected to teach, speak and write in English and, within two years, also in Dutch (C1 level)).

Our organisation
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is one of seven Institutes that falls under the Faculty of Humanities. With over 120 linguists working at the Institute, it is a rich research environment that prides itself on fostering scientific excellence. At LUCL we offer extensive research support to our researchers. For example, our in-house grant officer will advise and help you apply for grants, a dedicated project officer will guide you with project finances and a communications advisor is on hand to assist you in publicising your research.

LUCL has a longstanding tradition in the study of the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise. Current theoretical insights are combined with modern experimental methods in its research profile area ‘Language Diversity in the World’. Researchers from our six umbrella research groups are experts in their respective fields, but equally find innovative ways of collaborating with other fields and disciplines.

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 and in The Hague. For more information: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

Terms and conditions
We offer an 0.8 FTE temporary appointment of 18 months, starting August 2024. After 18 months this position may lead to a permanent appointment depending on good performance evaluations. Salary ranges from €4.332- to €5.929- gross per month (pay scale 11) based on fulltime employment in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Depending on qualifications, you may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until you fully meet the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information see the website.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries can be made to Prof. Sjef Barbiers, Academic Director of LUCL, e-mail wdlucl@hum.leidenuniv.nl. For practical questions, please contact the Institute Manager, Maarit van Gammeren, e-mail m.s.k.van.gammeren@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Application and procedure
Please submit your application online no later than 15 March 2024 via the blue button in our application system. Your application should include:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught;
  • A letter of motivation outlining a research agenda in the field of Psycho-/Neuro-linguistics (max 2 pages);
  • Two sample course descriptions;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).
  • A teaching and a research presentation will be part of the procedure.

Interviews will be scheduled during the period of 25 March - 5 April 2024.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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