Language acquisition lab manager (100%), two year position — ERC project LeibnizDream

The Leibniz-Center General Linguistics (ZAS, invites applications for a two-year full-time position in the ERC research project LeibnizDream (, PIs Sauerland, Alexiadou, and Guasti starting January 1st, 2021 or soon thereafter. The regulations of German limited term contract law apply. For applicants who haven’t worked at ZAS before the contract would be for 24 months.   Pay is at the E9 level of the German TVöD payscale. Applications for less than full-time hours will be considered.

Important dates

Application deadline: extended to September 30th, 2020
Start date: January 1st, 2021 
Contract: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022


  • strong expertise in language acquisition research and statistics
  • native or near-native German and English
  • M.A. degree or similar experience in a relevant field

Desired assets

  • linguistic theory
  • team work
  • software skills such as Excel, Photoshop, LaTeX, and Keynote
  • statistics with R and STAN
  • Git, GitHub, and open science
  • interpersonal and leadership skills
  • data privacy regulations, research ethics, German daycare system
  • drivers licence for Germany


You execute a series of language acquisition studies on German within a larger research team including the PIs and several postdocs.  You supervise several student research assistants. We target six different areas of morpho-syntax/semantics, 1) the expression of causation and agency, and 2) of motion events, 3) the binary connectives, 4) negative concepts such as exclusion, antonyms, and negation, 5) quantificational concepts including genericity and distributivity, and 6) dependencies most frequently analyzed as variable binding (wh-questions, relative clauses, degree clauses). 

The project aims for cultural diversity and gender balance of its staff. The project furthermore seeks to implement the principles of open science. ZAS is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications must be submitted via electronic mail and include the following four items (1, 2 and 3 in PDF format): 1) a letter of intent specifying research experience and plans; 2) the curriculum vitae; 3) electronic copies of up to two recent work samples; and 4) the names and email addresses of at least two scholars to be contacted for letters of recommendation. Interested researchers wishing for secure communication with PGP can contact us for the necessary encryption key.

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