Call for applications

The DFG-funded Research Training Group Dimensions of Constructional Space at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg is seeking to appoint

 

13 doctoral researchers and 1 postdoctoral researcher

 

to work on a variety of projects within the Construction Grammar framework. All the groups’ activities will be conducted in English, so knowledge of German is not required (except for projects which specifically involve the German language).

Deadline for applications: 10 July 2022

 

More information about the projects can be found here or under Projects (fau.eu)

13 PhD positions

Applications are invited for 13 doctoral positions in the DFG funded Research Training Group on Dimensions of Constructional Space at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

 

Applicants should indicate which specific project they are applying for; they can also indicate a second and third choice if appropriate. The lists of projects is available here.

 

The PhD researchers will be employed on a 65% basis on an E13 scale (starting from around 31,700 € per annum; depending on your experience) for three years, starting 15 October 2022.

 

Selection criteria

 

For the PhD candidates

  • MA in linguistics or a related discipline (or, for project 4, MSc in computer science, neuroimaging, physics or biology);
  • previous academic experience relevant to the project;
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • fluency in English.

 

In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity. Therefore we particularly encourage applications from women and minority candidates.

 

Application procedure

Informal enquiries and applications for the positions should be submitted by email to project-cxgram@fau.de. The subject line should have the following format:

 

Application PhD project  XX (alternatively, project YY and ZZ) – please insert project number as appropriate. The project numbers as well as a description can be found here or here.

 

Applications should be in English and should contain the following:

  • an academic CV;
  • a cover letter explaining how you meet the recruitment criteria, which project you are applying for, why you are interested in this particular project, and where appropriate, up to two additional projects that you would like to be considered for; and
  • an academic writing sample in English (e.g. MA dissertation, essay, or a review of the literature relevant to the project);
  • details (name, affiliation, email, and relationship to you) of 2-3 academic referees.

 

The most promising candidates will be invited to take part in the next stage of the selection process, which will involve (1) giving a presentation about their previous work and (2) a formal interview.

 

Important dates

Deadline for applications: 10 July 2022

Interviews: between 1 and 11 August (via Zoom)

Follow-up interviews: 12 August (afternoon)

Project begins: 1 October 2022

1 postdoctoral researcher

1 post-doctoral position in the DFG Research Training Group on Dimensions of Constructional Space at FAU Erlangen

 

The DFG-funded Research Training Group Dimensions of Constructional Space at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg is seeking to appoint one postdoctoral researcher to work on a variety of projects within the Construction Grammar framework. All the groups’ activities will be conducted in English, so knowledge of German is not required (except for projects which specifically involve the German language).

 

The postdoctoral researcher

 

An important integrative component of research data management and documentation in the RTG will be a multilingual research constructicon (RCnn), i.e. a semantic representation model and a central database that connects the corpus data, experimental results, lexicographic descriptions and (links to) publications generated by the various research projects. The RCnn will provide a common representation for all individual constructions covered in the different projects and languages. This will require the development of a rich, descriptively adequate and extensible format for such entries and for the links between them as well as a user-friendly access structure.

 

The PDR will bear the primary responsibility for development of the formal and technical framework of the research constructicon. In addition, the researcher will have the opportunity to build up a track record of independent research with a clear focus on a highly innovative topic and with a substantial number of co-authored and single-authored publications, and, if s/he wishes, to complete a cumulative Habilitation.

 

Selection criteria

 

For the PDR

  • a PhD in computational linguistics, knowledge representation, digital humanities, linguistics or a related discipline;
  • demonstrated capacity for independent research;
  • fluency in English;
  • computer programming experience;
  • preferably good knowledge of CxG.

 

In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity. Therefore we particularly encourage applications from women and minority candidates.

 

Application procedure

 

Application deadline: 10 July 2022

 

Informal enquiries and applications for the positions should be submitted by email to project-cxgram@fau.de. The subject line should have the following format: Application PDR.

 

Applications should be in English and should contain the following:

  • an academic CV including a list of publications;
  • a cover letter explaining how you meet the recruitment criteria, and
  • details (name, affiliation, email, and relationship to you) of 2-3 academic referees.

 

The most promising candidates will be invited to take part in the next stage of the selection process, which will involve (1) giving a presentation about their previous work and (2) a formal interview.

 

The posdoctoral researcher will be employed on a 100% basis on the TV-L 13 scale (~48,888 €-70,000€ per annum; depending on your experience) for 4.5 years, starting 1 October 2022.

 

Important dates

 

Deadline for applications: 10 July 2022

Interviews: between 1 and 11 August (via Zoom)

Follow-up interviews: 12 August pm

Project begins: 1 October 2022

important dates

Deadline for applications: 10 July 2022

Interviews: between 1 and 11 August (via Zoom)

Follow-up interviews: 12 August pm

Project begins: 1 October 2022