03/03/2021
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Post-doctoral research fellow

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Warsaw
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Language sciencesLinguistics
    Psychological sciencesPsychology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    02/04/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Poland › Warsaw
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    36

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Applications are invited for the position of a post-doctoral research fellow in the project entitled “Polish and Norwegian language and world knowledge development in mono- and multilingual children” (PolkaNorski) founded by Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2014-2021 (no of agreement with the National Science Centre in Poland UMO-2019/34/H/HS6/00615).

The PolkaNorski project investigates the development of language skills and world knowledge in Polish-Norwegian multilingual children and their monolingual peers in Poland and Norway.

The project will investigate the relationship between children's language skills, world knowledge and the linguistic, cultural, and educational environment in which they grow up. We follow multilingual Polish-Norwegian children and majority speaking Norwegian and Polish children aged 2-6 years through four work packages.

In the first work package (WP1), the children's language development is mapped using Polish and Norwegian versions of the MacArthur-Bates CDI questionnaire and the CLT vocabulary test. We will follow a group of children longitudinally to investigate both linguistic development and potential change in language dominance over time. The project will also result in monolingual and multilingual norms for both tools.

The aim of the second work package (WP2) is to compare word processing in monolingual and multilingual children. Using EEG, we will study the brain activity of two-year-olds who get to see pictures and hear words that fit or do not fit together. A year later, we will investigate whether the results from the experiment can predict their language development.

There are cultural differences in the view of nature between Norwegian and Polish parents and between Norwegian and Polish kindergartens. In the third work package (WP3), we follow children longitudinally to see how closely knowledge of the world of nature is connected to the development of language, and what the relationship to nature has to say for language skills and world knowledge. By studying majority speaking children in Poland and Norway and children of Polish immigrants in Norway, we hope to be able to say something about the role of the family on the one hand and kindergarten on the other in the development of children's knowledge and vocabulary about nature.

The fourth work package (WP4) is an intervention study. Children's language development starts even before birth, and we think that parents' attitudes towards and knowledge of how to create a good language environment play a major role in children's language development. In this study, we will recruit expectant Polish parents living in Norway. Half of the parents will be invited to a course on general early child development. The other half will be invited to a course on children's language development and how parents can interact with and talk to their baby. This way, we can find out more about the relation between multilingual parents’ attitudes towards and knowledge about language and children’s language development.

The project is carried out at the University of Warsaw (principal investigator: professor Ewa Haman), Oslo Metropolitan University (principal investigator: professor Nina Gram Garmann) and Centre of Excellence MultiLing, University of Oslo.

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Benefits

What we offer: work in a dynamic research team conducting projects in international cooperation, support in developing their own research ideas, and a chance to establish extensive international cooperation.

Salary: up to PLN 7600 (gross) per month, depending on previous work experience.

Eligibility criteria

We will consider candidates who fulfil the following requirements. They:

  1. meet the conditions set out in the Act on Higher Education and Science of 20 July 2018 (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 85 as amended) and the Statute of the University of Warsaw (Resolution No. 443 of the University of Warsaw Senate of 26 June 2019, Monitor item 190),
  2. have a PhD in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or other related subject, or can document the possibility of obtaining a doctoral degree (as above) before the moment of employment,
  3. have scientific achievements documented in publications in renowned international journals.

Selection process

Required documents:

  • CV and cover letter in English with direct references to the requirements specified in the advertisement,
  • Pdfs of up to 5 most relevant publications,
  • Signed information on the processing of personal data (scan) (see: attachment),
  • Signed agreement for the processing of personal data by the University of Warsaw (scan),
  • Declaration that they have read and accepted the rules for conducting competitions at the University of Warsaw (Ordinance No 106 of the Rector of the University Of Warsaw of September 27th, 2019: https://inicjatywadoskonalosci.uw.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/202...),
  • Contact details of two people who are ready to recommend a candidate,
  • Other documents that the candidate deems important for the recruitment process.

Please send an application by e-mail to: ewa.haman@psych.uw.edu.pl and dean@psych.uw.edu.pl, the email subject should be: „PolkaNorski/2nd post-doc contest 2021”

Results: 15 Apr 2021

Additional comments

The competition is the first stage of the recruitment procedure for the position of Assistant professor specified in the University of Warsaw Statute. Its positive conclusion will be the basis for further proceedings. Only the short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview (to take place between April 6th and 14th, 2021). The interviews will be held online in English.

The University of Warsaw reserves the right to cancel the competition without providing reasons.

Position starts on: May 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Period of employment: up to 36 months (depending on the job starting date and the ultimate end date of the project).

Job description and responsibilities:

  1. Contribution to the implementation of research packages WP1 and WP2.
  2. Managing recruitment process and data collection in Poland (Polish monolinguals) and Norway (Polish-Norwegian bilinguals).
  3. Training Research Assistants in the testing procedures.
  4. Participation in research design with the use of EEG.
  5. Data analysis in research with the use of EEG.
  6. Coordination of work of PhD student and MA student(s) and other students and/or volunteers.
  7. Co-involvement in results dissemination via conference presentations, and journal publications.
  8. Participation in the preparation of conference presentations and publications.
  9. Participation in the organization of project events included in the communication plan.
  10. Carrying out other project-related tasks ordered by the principal investigator.

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Psychological sciences: PhD or equivalent
    Language sciences: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

We will consider candidates who fulfil the following requirements. They:

  1. meet the conditions set out in the Act on Higher Education and Science of 20 July 2018 (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 85 as amended) and the Statute of the University of Warsaw (Resolution No. 443 of the University of Warsaw Senate of 26 June 2019, Monitor item 190),
  2. have a PhD in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or other related subject, or can document the possibility of obtaining a doctoral degree (as above) before the moment of employment,
  3. have scientific achievements documented in publications in renowned international journals (including journals from the JCR list),
  4. have documented research experience in developmental psychology, linguistics, or related disciplines (e.g., conducting experimental research with children or leading an externally funded research project),
  5. know MatLab and R software,
  6. have documented experience in statistical analysis of research data,
  7. have documented experience in signal analysis in behavioural, neurophysiological, or biomedical research, (e.g. eyetracking, EEG, fMRI, MRI)
  8. have very good command of English (level C1, confirmed by certificate or written statement of the candidate),
  9. can work in a research team.

Additionally, the following assets are welcome:

  1. knowledge of Polish and / or Norwegian language at the level that allows daily contact in the research team and analysis of language data,
  2. experience in conducting neuroimaging studies involving children,
  3. experience in conducting research involving multilingual children.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Faculty of Psychology
Poland
Warsaw
00-183
Stawki 5/7

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