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[Job Opportunity] Post-Doctoral Position in Psycholinguistics

Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral position in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta. The postdoctoral fellow will work in the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics ( with Dr. Juhani Jarvikivi on projects relating to the processing of reference in speech in child and adult populations. Primary duties include active engagement in research and the research community, conceptualizing, designing, and conducting research projects, preparing findings for publication and oral presentation, laboratory management, and working with graduate and undergraduate students in the CCP. Candidates need not be Canadian Citizens to apply. The salary for this position will be $40,000 CAD a year plus supplemental health benefits, and $2,000 per year for research related costs. The desired start date is September 1, 2018, but includes some flexibility, if necessary. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

The Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics is a major venue of experimental research in language processing in North America and a lively research environment that attracts undergraduate and graduate students and senior staff across faculties and disciplines. The CCP research facilities include a line of SR Research Eyelink eye trackers (including 2 brand new Portable Duo trackers), mobile eye tracking glasses, a Biosemi EEG, Noldus observation and editing facilities, and up-to-date sound recording and processing facilities (including sound-treated booths). In addition to the local facilities and contacts, the Postdoctoral fellow will benefit from and participate in the Annual Spring Training in Experimental Psycholinguistics as well as training and training events organized within the SSHRC Partnered Training Initiative Words in the World.


  • Completed PhD (within past 5 years and before start date) in Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Psychology, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in experimental design, psycholinguistic inquiry, and basic statistical methods.
  • Experience and skills with eye-tracking methods, R statistical language, and advanced statistics (e.g., LMMs, GAMMs, other regression techniques) are desirable.
  • Experience with any of the following: EEG/ERPs, Praat/acoustic analysis, child language acquisition, language processing across the life-span, individual differences, and computational modelling, would be a plus.

To Apply: Applications should include a Cover letter, CV, a brief (max. 2 pages) statement of interest, one representative recent publication, and the names and contact details of three referees. Applications should be sent as a single pdf file via e-mail to Dr. Juhani Järvikivi with the subject “Psycholinguistics Postdoc”.

Contact Name: Dr. Juhani Jarvikivi
Application e-mail:

Closing date:
Application review will begin on April 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.