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Open Research Position

Doctoral Researcher in Socio- and Corpus Linguistics (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 65%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a doctoral position in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies. Employment is offered until December 31st, 2023 starting March 1st, 2020.

Research Environment and Tasks: Research in the CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies pertains to the interaction with Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) as artificial bodies moving in real or virtual environments ( Interdisciplinary research in the CRC is guided by two leading questions to ultimately ensure smooth and efficient encounters between humans and embodied technologies in hybrid societies: What is required so that humans can coordinate with EDTs as smoothly as with conspecifics? How to design EDTs to meet these requirements? Cooperating researchers from psychology, engineering, computer science, human movement science, linguistics and gesture studies, sociology, law studies, physics, and mathematics scientifically inquire the interaction of humans with EDTs from the level of single actions up to the attribution of intentionality.

In Project Credible Conversational Agents, linguists work together with computer scientists and instructional psychologists in a team to transform transcripts of authentic non-native linguistic data into a machine-readable format, produce credible linguistic data artificially in a learning environment through neural nets, and finally assess the linguistic output by a so-derived conversational pedagogical agent statistically in experimental learning scenarios. This process of generating credible linguistic output is iterative, so that in each new repetition, the products in each of the three processes have to be reworked extensively. The main question addressed in this project is whether credibility can be invoked in the human interlocutor when communicating with non-humans through familiarity.

The successful applicant will be responsible for setting up, conducting, and reporting structured interviews and experiments, as well as for compiling an L2-English corpus as part of the research team.

Researchers in the CRC Hybrid Societies contribute to the CRC’s joint research activities and actively participate, for instance, in research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops. The doctoral position includes the enrollment in the CRC's doctoral program.


  • University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in English Linguistics, English and American Studies (Anglistik) or a similar background
  • Expertise in variationist sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics
  • Expertise in World Englishes and Phonetic and Phonology is a plus
  • The candidate shall have a strong interest in/to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken)

Application procedure:

Applicants should send their complete application documents including a motivation letter (1 page) with a brief description of personal qualifications and research interests, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, a publication list if applicable, and abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma theses (1-2 pages) preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating: “CRC1410_D03_ling”) to The closing date for applications is February 12th 2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.

Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Humanities – Institute for English and American Studies
Professorship of English Language and Linguistics
Prof. Dr. Josef Schmied
09107 Chemnitz

Chemnitz University of Technology is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity. To increase the number of women working in science and teaching, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if equally qualified.

Employment will be governed by the provisions of the German law on fixed-term contracts in academia (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

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