With the launch of a new ‘NCCR Evolving Language’ (http://www.snf.ch/SiteCollectionDocuments/nfs/Faktenblatt_NCCR_evolvinglanguage_en.pdf), which involves nearly 40 different research groups from a large variety of disciplines across Switzerland, we seek to fill a PhD position for a four-year project starting in May 2020, or at the selected candidate’s convenience.

Our goal is to make progress in understanding language giftedness from cognitive, psychological and neural perspectives. To this end, we plan to carry out a set of studies involving both behavioral measures of cognitive and language-related abilities (e.g. auditory/perceptual abilities, phonemic perception and production, inductive learning, working memory etc) and brain imaging measures (fMRI and sMRI). The research group involves two PIs (Golestani, Geneva; and Berthele, Fribourg) and a postdoc. Data will be collected with Francophone (mono- and multilingual) subjects.

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in psychology, linguistics or a related field (e.g. psycholinguistics, applied linguistics, multilingualism), have a good command French and English and have strong quantitative research and statistics skills. Additional mastery of German and experience with neuroimaging techniques would be a strong advantage.

The NCCR places great emphasis on gender diversity and we particularly encourage women to apply.

Applicants may send a pdf file including a cover letter, a CV, names and contact information of 2-3 references as well as any other relevant documents to and . Deadline for application: March 31 2020