Research Assistant

University of Edinburgh - Linguistics and English Language

A full-time post for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in experimental cognitive science is available in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. We are looking for an enthusiastic, productive early career researcher with a background in experimental research which addresses fundamental questions about language and cognition.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious researcher to join a major ERC-funded project “The Evolution of Linguistic Complexity” (Principal Investigator: Prof Kenny Smith). We aim to understand the cognitive and social factors that determine when languages gain or lose complexity, and how the complexity of a language affects how it is learned and used.

For informal enquiries please contact Prof Kenny Smith:

This full-time position is 35 hours a week, and is available from the 1st January 2018 for a fixed-term period of 24 months.

Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) Thursday 31st August 2017.

Job Details

Job title: Research Assistant

School/Support Department: School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Line manager: Prof Kenny Smith

Job Purpose

You will be responsible for designing, running, analysing and writing up a series of experiments with adult participants that investigate how artificial languages evolve during social interactions between individuals and in groups. You will work closely with another postdoc (Dr. Stella Frank) who is working on the modelling side of the project, and you will also be responsible for managing a graduate RA (Hanna Järvinen), who will assist with preparation of materials and testing of participants.

Applications are invited from those with a PhD in cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, or a related discipline, and a strong track record of research and publication in the cognitive sciences. Experience with the experimental paradigms to be used on this project is not essential.

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