at the Departement of Swedish Language ant Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism. Closing date: 25 November 2019.

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism at Stockholm University announces one (1) 18-month postdoctoral position in Bilingualism, with a specialization toward psycholinguistic/neurocognitive aspects of bi-/multilingualism. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and share an interest in the range of research topics and methodologies that represent the Centre’s expertise within psycho-/neurolinguistic approaches to research in Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Centre’s website to determine the extent to which their research interests fit within the Centre’s research program. We encourage especially applications from candidates with documented experience in EEG and eye-tracking methods.

Our Multilingualism Lab has space and equipment for experimental and other data collection; for more information, see www.biling.su.se/flerspråkighetslaboratoriet/in-english.

Main responsibilities
The successful applicant will conduct research in accordance with the research proposal included in the application. This research should be reasonably in line with the Centre’s research agenda. The candidate is expected to design, coordinate and run experiments, present data at international conferences, write manuscripts, and contribute to the academic environment at the Centre at large by attending lab meetings, staff meetings, and seminars. The candidate is also expected to share their skills and devote a small percentage of their time to ongoing projects at the Centre. There may also be opportunities for teaching (max. 20%) at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels, which will prolong the employment period.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The PhD degree should have been completed no longer than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar. Special attention will be given to applicants with a PhD in linguistics, psychology, bilingualism, or closely related fields.

General qualifications:

  • academic excellence as measured through quantity and quality of publications, documented research collaborations, etc.
  • previous or current research specialization in the psycho- and/or neurolinguistics of bi-/multilingualism/second language acquisition
  • documented experience of working with the methodological paradigms suggested in the candidate’s research proposal
  • feasibility of the proposed research
  • documented ability to work independently
  • documented ability to carry out duties in an efficient and timely fashion
  • communicative and social skills
  • English proficiency (spoken and written) at advanced level
  • a strong proven background in current statistical methods (e.g., mixed linear models, single trial analysis for ERP studies, permutation analysis, etc.)

Recommended qualifications:

  • experience with experimental and other data collection through behavioral experiments, EEG/ERP, and/or eye tracking
  • advanced programming skills (e.g., E-Prime, PsychoPy, and/or other relevant presentation software)

The research environment: Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University
The Centre for Research on Bilingualism was formed in 1988 and provides a broad base of theoretical and practical research with the aim of increasing understanding and awareness of bi-/multilingualism. The Centre is a cross-linguistic and interdisciplinary unit, placed at the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University. Research at the Centre forms a significant part of Stockholm University’s leading research area “Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition”. Subfields include bilingualism and second language acquisition, language processing and the bilingual brain, multilingualism and diversity, bilingualism in the family, bilingual education, Swedish as a second language for children and adults, young people’s languages and language use in multilingual contexts, L1 attrition and reactivation in bilinguals, language maintenance and language shift, language ideology, language policy, and multilingualism and education in developing countries. In sum, the Centre’s research covers the sociolinguistic, educational, structural, psycholinguistic, and neurocognitive aspects of bi-/multilingualism.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of 18 months. Start during early spring 2020.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Contact
Information about the employment can be obtained from the Director of the Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Professor Niclas Abrahamsson, niclas.abrahamsson@biling.su.se, or assistant professors José Alemán Bañon, jose.aleman.banon@biling.su.se, or Susan Sayehli, susan.sayehli@biling.su.se.

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, saco@saco.su.se, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, alejandra@st.su.se, and seko@seko.su.se (SEKO).

Application
Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system by clicking the “Apply” button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • your contact details and personal data
  • your highest degree
  • your language skills
  • contact details for 3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • a cover letter, which should include statements of (1) why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement, (2) what makes you suitable for the project in question, and (3) how you see yourself and your work fitting into the Centre’s research environment (1–2 pages)
  • a research plan, in which the proposed research is theoretically motivated, outlined in terms of methodology, and scheduled over time (ca 5–7 pages)
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience, and a list of publications
  • a copy of PhD diploma
  • publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions - Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 25/11/2019