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Assistant Professor (post-doc)

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    University of Warsaw
    Language sciencesLinguistics
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    30/04/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Warsaw


This is a full-time research position (36 months) in the project “Watching viewers watch subtitled videos. Audiovisual and linguistic factors in subtitle processing” led by Agnieszka Szarkowska, funded by National Science Centre Poland (NCN).

Our international research team will conduct a series of experiments on the reading of subtitles with eye tracking. Experiments will take place in Poland, the UK and Australia. We will focus on key aspects related to the reception of subtitled videos: visual layer (video), auditory layer (audio), subtitling speed and the language of the subtitles. Please address any questions related to the position to prof. Agnieszka Szarkowska (a.szarkowska@uw.edu.pl).

AVT Lab, where the job will be based, is located in the Institute of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw, ul. Dobra 55, Warsaw, Poland.

1. Conducting research tasks in the project, including:

     1. Preparing and conducting eye-tracking studies in cooperation with other members of the research team, including but not limited to experimental stimuli, protocols for EyeLink 1000 Plus eye tracker, participant recruitment, documents for the Research Committee.

     2. Processing research data and its statistical analysis

2. Preparing publications with research results

3. Presenting research results at scientific conferences

4. Other tasks necessary to carry out the project as requested by the Principal Investigator

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Inspiring work with cutting-edge technology in a team of leading experts in eye-tracking research on subtitling

Eligibility criteria

The candidate will be employed in accordance with the regulations of the National Science Centre Poland and the University of Warsaw. The candidate must meet all of the following criteria:

• The Principal Investigator of this project was not a supervisor or a co-supervisor of the candidate’s doctoral dissertation.

• The candidate obtained their PhD in a higher education institution other than the University of Warsaw.

• The candidate had not been employed at the University of Warsaw under employment contract for a period of two years before the start of employment in the project.

• At the time of receiving this remuneration the candidate will not receive any other remuneration from NCN funds awarded as direct costs.

• During the employment period in the project, the candidate will not be employed elsewhere and will not receive any other remuneration under the employment contract with any other employer, both in and outside of Poland.

• The candidate must have obtained their doctoral degree not earlier than 7 years before the year of starting employment in the project. This period does not include career breaks related to maternity leave, child-care leave or parental leave, granted in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Labour Code or in relation with a sickness benefit or rehabilitation benefit in connection with inability to work, including sickness resulting in medical rehabilitation. For women, the 7-year period indicated above can be extended by 18 months for each born or adopted child. A woman can choose which method of calculating the career break is more favourable for her.

The position is open only to candidates who meet the criteria set forth in Article 113 of the Law on Higher Education dated 20 July 2018 (Journal of Laws 2020 item 85 with further amendments).

Selection process

The Selection Committee will short-list candidates who will be invited for interview. The interviews will be held (most probably online) between 10 and 28 May 2021. Please note that this call 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 online interview. The University of Warsaw reserves the right to cancel the competition without providing reasons.

Additional comments

The goal of this project is to understand the impact of audiovisual, linguistic and technical subtitling parameters on the cognitive processing of subtitled videos by viewers. Our international team of researchers will conduct a series of eye-tracking experiments with viewers on two continents in three different countries (Poland, the UK and Australia). The experiments will be carried out in stages, feeding into each other. By conducting this project, we will gain novel insights into the role of four key factors in subtitle processing: concurrent video, concurrent sound, subtitle speed and the language of the subtitles. We will also explore the impact of viewers’ individual characteristics, such as language proficiency, working memory capacity and immersive tendency. The outcome variables we measure include comprehension, cognitive load and immersion as well as indicators of online processing through eye tracking, with a view to discovering how factors related to the nature of the video are modulated by individual viewers’ characteristics. In each experiment, we also conduct semi-structured interviews with participants to gain insights into their perceptions, problems and opinions on different aspects of subtitle reception that are not immediately discernible in quantitative data.

The project answers the following research questions:

1. What is the impact of video characteristics, such as the presence of concurrent video and concurrent sound, on subtitle processing by viewers?

2. What is the role of subtitle parameters, such as subtitle speed and the language of subtitles, in the processing of subtitled videos?

3. Can individual viewers’ characteristics in any way predict subtitle processing and viewing patterns?


We adopt a mixed methods approach, employing both quantitative and qualitative data. To analyse viewers’ gaze and the depth of cognitive processing, we use eye tracking. We combine eye tracking measures, which allow us to capture in real time how viewers are processing subtitled videos, with self-rating measures. To gauge immersion, we use self-reports and examine different dimensions of immersion. Cognitive load is measured with three self-reported indicators: perceived difficulty of the task, mental effort, and frustration. Comprehension is tested with a set of multiple-choice questions, followed by a subtitle and scene recognition task. The cognitive processing measurements are complemented with qualitative data from retrospective semi-structured interviews. Data from different sources is triangulated in order to identify the role of various film- and viewer-related factors in subtitle processing.

Required Research Experiences

    Language sciencesLinguistics
    4 - 10

Offer Requirements

    Language sciences: PhD or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


Key requirements:

• PhD in humanities or social sciences (linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, translation studies or similar)

• Proficiency in English (written and spoken) at the C2 level

• Knowledge of experimental research methods and documented experienced in conducting such research

• Working knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis software (SPSS)

• Excellent organisational and time management skills

• Ability to work in a team

• Excellent computer skills, including MS Office (Word, Excel).


Experience in the following will be an advantage:

• Working with EyeLink eyetracking system

• Research experience in audiovisual translation and subtitling

• Linear mixed effects models

• R programming skills

• Project management IT tools

• Proficiency in Polish

Specific Requirements

To apply, please send an email to a.szarkowska@uw.edu.pl with the following documents (see the attachments):

1. An employment application addressed to the UW Rector (PDF file with an electronic signature/signature scan)

2. Personal questionnaire for the person applying for employment (available at BSP UW website: https://bsp.adm.uw.edu.pl/bsp-druki-i-formularze/)

3. Statement that UW will be your primary place of employment (available at BSP UW website: https://bsp.adm.uw.edu.pl/bsp-druki-i-formularze/)

4. Information on personal data processing - PDF file with an electronic signature/signature scan (available at BSP UW website: https://bsp.adm.uw.edu.pl/bsp-druki-i-formularze/).

5. Declaration that they have read and accepted the rules for conducting competitions at the University of Warsaw (PDF file with an electronic signature/signature scan) set forth in UW Rector’s Ordinance No. 106 dated 28 September 2019 available here: https://inicjatywadoskonalosci.uw.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/202...

6. CV in English including a list of publications

7. Cover letter in English, max. 2 pages A4

8. A scanned copy of your PhD diploma

9. A list of max. 3 people whom we can contact for references (their name, affiliation and email)

10. A PDF copy of your recent research article (published not longer than 2 years ago)

Please send the above documents as PDF files which include your last name in the file name.

Successful applicant will be required to submit an original paper copy of these documents.

Please send an email to a.szarkowska@uw.edu.pl with “post-doc” in the subject line.

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Institute of Applied Linguistics
Dobra 55

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