Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

A PhD position / "MultiMind – The Multilingual Mind” funded under HORIZON 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie

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    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Research Committee
    Language sciencesLinguistics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    11/07/2018 01:00 - Europe/Athens
    Greece › Thessaloniki
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


The Research Committee (Special Account for Research Funds) of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the framework of the project “MultiMind – The Multilingual Mind” funded under HORIZON 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie, with Principal Investigator from A.U.Th., D. Papadopoulou, associate prof. of Applied Linguistics, invites candidates to submit applications for a PhD position (through the award of a work contract), for 36 months, with a total anticipated funding 134,389,92 euros (VAT and taxes included).

The mission of Multi-Mind is to seek fundamental breakthroughs in multilingualism research whilst training the new generation of researchers in world-leading labs using cutting edge methodologies and allowing them to build the necessary background and skills fostering their career progress as independent researchers in academic or non-academic sectors, in the first international, multidisciplinary, and multisectorial program on multilingualism.

MultiMind will conduct fundamental research on multilingualism across disciplines in a range of different social and educational settings, including migration and refugee settings, to investigate the influence of multilingualism on language learning, cognition, creativity, and decision making, on brain function and structure, and its role as a compensating mechanism in atypical populations. These issues are of prime importance for the future construction of shared cultural, educational, and health settings across Europe.

MultiMind is international in nature and will federate world-leading scientists from European and non-European countries with proven expertise conducting research in specific types of multilingual populations and methodologies. To address the interplay of multilingualism with education, cognition, brain, and health it is necessary to adopt a multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, MultiMind is a multidisciplinary consortium comprising researchers within linguistics, psychology, education, neuroscience, and speech & language therapy. MultiMind is also a multisectorial project that includes not only academic, but also non-academic beneficiaries and partners from education, health, publishing, and IT. Non-academic beneficiaries and partners will provide training in evidence-based research and non-academic secondments. This will enable early stage researchers (ESRs) to put theoretical knowledge into practice, experience working within non-academic organisations and develop transferable skills and will prepare ESRs for employment not only within the academia, but also in a range of other professions within the private and public sector. These organisations will also benefit from the knowledge obtained from MultiMind that promises to lead to best practise for inclusive education and health. It turn, this will have a significant impact on multilingual societies in Europe and across the globe.

MultiMind at AUTh – Work Package 6: Multilingualism in Migration & Refugge Settings.

ESR14 Project: Grammatical & lexical development in migrant primary school children

Main supervisor: D. Papadopoulou; PhD committee members: F. Faloppa, T. Marinis.

The aim of this project is to provide educators information about the main difficulties migrant children face during L2 development and guidelines regarding appropriate educational techniques for these children. Current research shows that some educational techniques can accelerate and improve the learners’ linguistic performance but it is unclear whether this applies to children with a migration background.

Objectives: Explore the migrant children’s grammatical and vocabulary knowledge in their L2, through the use of standardized tests. Employ a series of educational techniques by means of implicit pedagogical tasks, such as processing instruction, as well as explicit language teaching, aiming at improving and accelerating bilingual children’s grammatical and lexical performance in the L2. Conduct pre- and post-tests, whose aim is to test the migrant children’s performance on a series of linguistic phenomena, such as vocabulary, determiners, agreement, tense and aspect, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the educational techniques in several time periods.

Investigate which educational techniques are most appropriate for migrant children and which educational techniques work best for the linguistic phenomena under investigation. Explore whether factors such as (bi)literacy and cognitive abilities have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the educational techniques.

Planned secondments:

In the 1st year: 3 months at UREAD to work together with ESR13 and create synergies between the projects and also to receive training on the design, task development and data analysis (Dr Faloppa and Prof Marinis).

In the 2nd/3rd year: 7 months at refugee camp Diavata in Thessaloniki, where AUTh students provide voluntary work. During the secondment the ESR will collect data, gain experience with refugee children and provide support to the education team of the refugee camp. Experience in public engagement and dissemination at M2G throughout.

More Information

Selection process

Documents Required:

1. Application Form (see appendix)

2. Table data proof of experience, if needed (see appendix)

3. Curriculum Vitae

4. A Bachelor’s degree copy

5. Copies of the degrees and certifications mentioned in the CV which are relevant to the qualifications.

* Proof of Experience:

Employment Certification or/and employment contract, detailing the duration and the job duties and responsibilities.

The candidates might be invited to an interview (at office/via Skype/ via phone). Missing a scheduled interview is cause for rejection.

Applications should be submitted to the following address:


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Philosophy School of Philology, Registrar’s Office Administration Building "Κ. Karatheodori", 2nd floor 54124 Thessaloniki Greece

no later than the 11/07/2018, 13:30 (Applications will be attributed a reference number).

Important! Apart from the printed applications, applicants should also submit all the necessary documents οn the website of the project (www.multilingualmind.eu), according to the instructions found there, until the 11/07/2018.

In case no appropriate candidate is found until the above deadline, applications will remain open until the position is filled.

Additional comments

at 2310- 997053, depapa@lit.auth.gr, (for information about the content of the project) or to A.U.Th. Research Committee - Special Account for Research Funds, at 2310- 994082, 994026 (information about the application procedure).

Submitted proposals will be evaluated by a three-member Evaluation Committee based on the requirements/provisions of the call.

Objections to the evaluation results should be submitted within a period of five working (5) days (counting from the next of the announcement date) to the following address: Research Committee AUTh (3rd September Str. - University Campus 546 36 THESSALONIKI – GREECE).

The candidates should be informed of the evaluation results from the Research Committee website: https://www.rc.auth.gr/JobPosition/List

The candidates have the right to access their application files, as well as those of the other candidates, according to Law 2690/1999 (Official Gazette Α΄ 45/9.3.1999).

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Required Research Experiences

    Language sciencesLinguistics
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

    Language sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    GREEK: Excellent


Required Qualifications

 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs): All researchers recruited in MultiMind must be ESRs and undertake transnational mobility. For all recruitments, the eligibility of the researcher will be determined at the time they start working at the project (September 2018). ESRs are defined as researchers who at the time when they start working for MultiMind are in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

 Transnational mobility: ESRs are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion. Rather the location of the researcher's residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining. The researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for MultiMind for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the starting date (September 2018). Short stays are not taken into account.

* Researchers with refugee status, as defined by the Geneva Convention, benefit from a less restrictive mobility rule: the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as a 'period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary. This period will only be counted as of the day that they are recognised as refugees.

 A Bachelor of Arts (BA) or equivalent degree.

 A Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MSc) or equivalent degree in (Applied) Linguisticsor similar discipline that provides the doctoral candidate with appropriate background for the MultiMind project.

 Excellent knowledge of English (C2 Certificate).

Excellent knowledge of Greek (C2 Certificate on the CEFR is required, if the applicant is not a native speaker of Greek).

3. Additional Qualifications

 Research experience in language teaching intervention methods, and/or design of experimental tasks, and/or coding and statistical analysis of linguistic data.

 Publications in (Applied) Linguistics.

 Conference talks in (Applied) Linguistics.

 Previous experience working with refugees.

 Knowledge of any of the mother tongues of refugees (arabic; urdu; farsi).

* If the applicant is a native speaker of any of these three languages, the knowledge will be certified by any extraction certification. Otherwise, a language certificate is obligatory.

 Interview.

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EURAXESS offer ID: 318978


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