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Student assistant post on the project “Multi-modal signalling in communicative interaction”

Student assistant post on the project

“Multi-modal signalling in communicative interaction”


As part of a project on multimodal signaling in communicative interaction supervised by Dr. Judith Holler (, we are looking for a student assistant (Dutch native speaker) for 19 hours per week (paid at Euro 11,29/hour [with Bachelor degree]). The position is available from 15th April for 6 months (with a possibility of extension).

The research the student assistant would be involved in focuses on analysing the role of bodily signals (manual gesture, head gestures, facial signals) 1) in the coordination of interaction based on corpus analyses (using Kinect data, software for automated video coding and manual coding) and 2) in the comprehension of conversational language based on experimental work involving video stimuli in combination with reaction time, eye-tracking and other paradigms. The position provides the opportunity to gather experience in collecting interactional data (with Kinect) and creating a conversational corpus, as well as in designing, running and analyzing experimental psycholinguistic data.

Applicants should have a background in psychology or linguistics, ideally some experience in either running experiments with human subjects or in coding corpus data, and a strong interest in scientific work. Attention to detail, the ability to work independently as well as under supervision, and excellent English skills are also essential. Experience in working with visual communicative behaviour, programming skills, advanced video editing skills or experience with Praat or Elan are an advantage.

If you would like to apply, please send a CV, letter of motivation and the contact details of one referee to The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been found.



Last checked 2017-03-24 by Judith Holler
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