Student Assistant for Annotation of Linguistic Data (German, Russian)

Student Assistant
Language Development
part-time

The position

We are looking for two student assistants to support an interdisciplinary award-winning project on word order and information structure by annotation of spontaneous conversational data in German and Russian (adult-directed and child-directed speech). Students interested in research career in language sciences (especially corpus linguistics, typology and language acquisition) are particularly welcome.

Activities

  • Looking for relevant linguistic examples in corpora of spontaneous conversations in German and/or Russian;
  • Annotation of these examples for different linguistic variables;
  • Data analysis;
  • Participation in virtual meetings with the project coordinators.


Conditions of employment

  • The positions are available from February 1, 2022;
  • Student-assistant contract at the MPI;
  • Duration of three months, with a possibility of extension for another three months;
  • Salary between 10.91 and 12,68 Euros gross per hour (depending on education);
  • Working from home;
  • Flexible hours, about 10 hours a week (to be agreed upon).


Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Linguistics or a related discipline;
  • No prior experience is needed;
  • Very high proficiency in German or Russian;
  • Good English language skills, both written and spoken;
  • Attention for detail.


Employer

The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is a research institute entirely devoted to the study of language. Our goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types. We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. We also work closely with other child development researchers as part of the Baby and Child Research Centre. Staff and students at the MPI have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities (including audio-visual equipment, EEG, fMRI, eye tracking, virtual reality labs, molecular biology labs and a child-friendly child development lab).

We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer. We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We therefore welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief, or sexual orientation (https://www.mpi.nl/page/equal-opportunities).


How to apply

Applications should include:

·         A short cover letter outlining your motivation and detailing how you fit the requirements above;

·         A current CV.

Please submit your application directly via this link on our recruitment portal.

The position is open until filled. Should you require more information about this position, please contact Natalia.Levshina [at] mpi.nl and Yevheniy.Skyra [at] mpi.nl.

 

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