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Reference : UMR8242-JUDGER-001
Workplace : PARIS 06
Date of publication : Monday, December 03, 2018
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 15 January 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2605 euros – 3615 euros (as a function of experience)
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
The Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception (CNRS & Université Paris Descartes, UMR8242; 45 rue des Saints-Pères, 75006, Paris, FRANCE) is inviting applications for a 1-year (renewable), full-time post doctoral position in early speech perception and language acquisition. The post doctoral researcher will join an ERC-funded project (https://sites.google.com/site/juditgervain/erc-babyrhythm), investigating the bootstrapping effect of early prosodic experience on language acquisition. The expected starting date is 15th January 2019.
The speech perception / language acquisition researcher's main mission will be to develop theoretical and methodological tools and acquire brain imaging data to better understand how early prosodic experience lays the foundations for later language development.
The post doctoral researcher will develop brain imaging (near-infrared spectroscopy, NIRS) experiments exploring how prosody, together with other cues, might help young infants learn the basic grammatical structure of their native language(s) and how it shapes their neural correlates. The candidate is expected to design and set up experiments, create stimuli, test infant participants, analyze the data and take the lead in the preparation of publications.
The candidate will hold a PhD in Cognitive Science, with extensive experience in language acquisition research. At the theoretical level, the candidate will have a solid background in linguistics, neuroscience and developmental psychology, in particular in language acquisition theories. Familiarity with non-linguistic modulators of learning (such as attention) is a plus. At the methodological level, the candidate is expected to have considerable expertise in infant testing, using both behavioral and imaging methods. A good command of NIRS is a must. Fluency in English as well as in French (the language of infant testing) is desirable.
As the researcher will be in regular contact with young infants and their families excellent relation skills are required, as well as good organizational skills, punctuality and rigor. The candidate needs to be able to work well in teams.
The Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception (LPP) is a CNRS & Université Paris Descartes mixed research unit specializing in research of human perception and cognition. It has one of the largest infant testing facilities in France and hosts internationally renowned language acquisition experts. As of 1st an 2019, the LPP will merge with other research groups to form the Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition Center (INCC, UMR8002, CNRS & Université de Paris), a multidisciplinary hub of different approaches to neuroscience from the molecular to the behavioral/cognitive level. The candidate will have the opportunity to interact with the whole INCC community.
Constraints and risks
The candidate should be available to work on Saturdays, the day when most families visit the laboratory (and can take a day off on weekdays, as necessary).
Applicants need to provide a CV and a motivation letter. On the basis of the submitted written application, selected candidates will be invited for an oral interview (in person or via skype).
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