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Post Doctoral Research Assistant

University of Stirling - Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Location: Stirling
Salary: £26,715 to £32,816 Grade 6 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th September 2019
Closes: 20th October 2019
Job Ref: FAC01132

Full time, fixed term for 7.5 months from 2 December 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Post

Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences is offering a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Assistant position for a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project aims to understand the mechanisms by which speakers choose referring expressions. The primary responsibility of the post-holder is to carry out language production experiments, in collaboration with Dr Kumiko Fukumura (University of Stirling).

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Psychology, Linguistics or Cognitive Science and experience with experimental psycholinguistic research.

Summary/aims of project

When referring, speakers must decide how to refer, for instance, whether to use a semantically-specific noun ("teacher") or a semantically-less specific pronoun ("she"). At what stage of language production do speakers choose different referring expressions? What production-internal and production-external mechanisms might facilitate communication?  By addressing these issues, this project aims to uncover the mechanisms behind speakers' choice of referring expressions.

The post holders will join the Cognition in Complex Environments Research Group in Psychology.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Kumiko Fukumura, email:; telephone 01786 466841.

Description of Duties

The successful applicant will work with the Principal Investigator and will be responsible for running the day-to-day aspects of the study. Principally, this will involve:

  • Construct experimental stimuli, setting up experiments, recruiting and testing participants, transcribing speech and analysing the data.
  • Conduct language production experiments using a referential communication task.
  • Taking responsibility for running experiments, data analysis and management of datasets

For further information, including a full description of duties, essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see

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