registration number: fb09-0025-wmz-2022


Entry date:


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


3 years


Volume of employment:
part-time (65 %)

The Philipps University, founded in 1527, offers multiple award-winning teaching for around 22,000 students and tackles the important issues of our time with excellent research across a broad spectrum of science.

The Department of German Studies and Arts, research center “Deutscher Sprachatlas” is currently accepting applications for a

Research Assistant (PhD-position)

The position is offered for a period of 3 years, if no former times of qualification must be considered. The starting date is 01.01.2023. The position is part-time (65 % of regular working hours) with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13, 65 %).

The position is affiliated with the Research Training Group (RTG) “Dynamics and stability of linguistic representations”. The RTG is a structured program for Ph.D.-students and young researchers.


The scientific goal of the group is to study the mental bases of linguistic units, their usage, acquisition, development, and change. To this end, several methodological perspectives are taken, e.g., from Psycho or Neurolinguistics, Dialectology, Clinical Linguistics, Historical Linguistics and Pragmatics. In this environment, the Doctoral Researcher is expected to follow a research agenda in collaboration with a Junior Research Group leader, following either a psycho-, neuro- or sociolinguistic perspective.

The position is limited to a time period deemed adequate for the completion of a doctoral degree. As part of the assigned duties, there will be ample opportunity to conduct the independent scientific research necessary for the completion of a doctorate. The limitation complies to § 2, 1 WissZeitVG.


We are looking for a highly motivated student with a degree (diploma, MA or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Psycho- or Neurolinguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science) or related fields. The successful candidate will have experience with empirical and/or experimental research in the aforementioned disciplines, and will have a good command of English and German (written and spoken). Furthermore, it is desired that the candidate shows familiarity with the analysis of quantitative data (e.g., knowledge of linear models in the frequentist or Bayesian framework) and/or has an adequate background in programing with R, MatLab or Python (or a similar programing language). A further asset is previous experience with Electroencephalography (EEG) studies. We expect the candidate to enjoy working in a team, to have great organizational skills, and to be open for acquiring new skills and expertises.

Disposition to own scientific qualification (e.g. a doctorate project in the area of experimental linguistics) is expected. We offer a vivid and vibrant international research environment within the RTG and beyond. The successful candidate will be able to take part in the qualification program of the RTG. This includes access to scientific colloquia, workshops, and mentoring programs.

We actively support the professional development of junior researchers, e.g. by the offers of Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International Office, the Higher Education Didactics Office and the Human Resources Development Office.

Contact for further information

Prof. Dr. Hanna Fischer

+49 6421-28 24247


We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. A reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.

Please send your application (motivational letter, CV, proof of degrees) mentioning the registration number as a single PDF file to before 16th October 2022.

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