The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) seeks a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne to undertake research on language processing in Australian Indigenous languages as part of a collaborative project led by Prof Rachel Nordlinger and A/Prof Evan Kidd (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands), and involving a number of PhD students as well as the appointee.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) has an ambitious series of interlinked projects, focusing on language as a dynamic and variable system, and drawing on the full diversity of the world's languages through four programs focusing on the design space of language (Shape), how it is learned (Learning) and processed (Processing), and how linguistic structures evolve at various timescales (Evolution). Two 'threads' (Archiving, and Research technologies) will enable the technological advances needed to drive forward the language sciences in the coming decades. This position will engage closely with both the Centre (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/) and the Research Unit for Indigenous Language (https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/indiglang/) "") within the School of Languages and Linguistics.
In collaboration with the project leaders, the postdoctoral fellow will assist in the research initiatives of CoEDL, specifically undertaking experimental linguistic processing research on selected Indigenous languages of Australia. The appointee will be provided with the opportunity and mentorship to build their own research profile and will collaborate in publications and be involved fully in the life of the research project. The Fellow will also assist with the co-ordination of relevant symposia and engage in public outreach as required. There is an expectation that the postdoctoral fellow will be involved in the training and supervision of PhD members of the team, but this is primarily a research-only position.
The position will involve travel between the University of Melbourne and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), although the researcher will be expected to spend extended periods of time at the University of Melbourne where the position is based. The position will also involve fieldwork in Indigenous Australia, as negotiated.