Two PhD Candidates on the Impact of Using Informal or Polite Pronouns of
Address across Languages
Employment: 1.0 FTE
Gross monthly salary: € 2,395 - € 3,061
Faculty of Arts
Required background: Research University Degree
Application deadline: 25 June 2021
We are looking for
Speakers of languages such as Dutch, German, French and Spanish have a choice
between using either a polite (V) or an informal (T) pronoun when
addressing others. Within this project, you will investigate the effects of
using either pronoun on addressees. These effects may vary across languages,
situations, genders, age groups, and individuals. You will measure the impact
of being addressed with T or V pronouns in Dutch and German or in French and
Spanish in a series of psycholinguistic experiments (questionnaire, self-
paced reading, eye-tracking, EEG, skin conductance). The position also
involves some teaching duties within the Faculty of Arts.
You should have completed (or be near to completing) a taught or
research Master's degree in Linguistics or a related field.
You are highly motivated to conduct psycholinguistic research.
You have experience in psycholinguistic experimental research.
You are a native or near-native speaker of Dutch, German, French or
You are a team player with good communication skills.
You have excellent writing skills.
The Faculty of Arts employs over 550 academic and support staff in the fields
of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication.
Research is embedded in two faculty research institutes: the Centre for
Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History
(RICH). The faculty currently enrols some 2,400 students in three
departments: the department of History, Art History and Classics, the
department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the department of Language
and Communication. We want to be a diverse and inclusive organisation, which
is why we endeavour to create a culturally diverse staff.
As a PhD candidate you will participate in the Grammar and Cognition research
group at the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) of the Faculty of Arts at
Radboud University. The research is carried out as part of an NWO project, in
which two PhD candidates and a postdoctoral researcher closely collaborate
under the supervision of Prof. Helen de Hoop, Dr Lotte Hogeweg, and Dr Roel
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because
this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and
education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with
equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students
and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent,
collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!
Employment: 1.0 FTE.
The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month based on a 38-hour
working week, and will increase to €3,061 in the fourth year (salary
In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year
Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of
18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the
evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4
The intended start date is 1 September 2021.
You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual
Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support,
help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide
customized support in their search for employment and help your family
settle in Nijmegen.
Additional employment conditions
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in
Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make
arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working
hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to
compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange
income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports
subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given
plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your
ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.
Would you like more information?
For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. dr. Helen de Hoop, Professor of Linguistics
Please address your application to Prof. dr. Helen de Hoop and submit it,
using the application button, no later than 25 June 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time
Your application should include the following attachments:
Letter of motivation.
The first round of interviews will take place on 30 June 2021.
We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves.
Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.