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Job Faculty of Arts - PhD position Neurolinguistic profiles of developmental dyslexia (0,8 fte)

PhD position Neurolinguistic profiles of developmental dyslexia (0,8 fte)

Specifications - (explanation)

Location Groningen
Function typesPhD positions, Research, Development, Innovation
Hours 30.0 hours per week
Salary maximum € 2612
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number 211067
Translations
About employer University of Groningen
Short link www.academictransfer.com/9054

Job description

The research programme Neurolinguistic profiles of developmental dyslexia in a longitudinal perspective (funded by NWO) forms a continuation of the Dutch Dyslexia Programme (DDP): a longitudinal study that started in 1998, in which 180 children with a familial risk of dyslexia, and over 100 control children have been studied from the age of 2 months until 10 years. The DDP yielded a worldwide unique, longitudinal data-set; the research population is still available.
In the present programme, this context allows us to further study the phonological and literacy development of these children, and to address the following intriguing question. Although about 40% to 60% of children from dyslexic parents are diagnosed with dyslexia (labeled DYS), the remaining at-risk children learn to read and spell within normal ranges (nonDYS). The crucial question is how the differences between affected and unaffected children in reading abilities relate to risk factors and protecting factors in neurolinguistic processing.

In close collaboration with a parallel project at the UvA, this project monitors the higher order reading acquisition process by means of fMRI combined with EEG (ERP) measurements while the children perform increasingly complex reading tasks requiring integration of phonological, lexical and semantic processes. Theoretical and technical support is available. Task of the PhD-student is to set up, conduct, analyze and publish this exciting series of experiments.

Requirements

- (Research) Master's degree in experimental or clinical linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, neurolinguistics, learning disabilities, or related field
- experience/affinity with neurophysiology (EEG, \ERP) and/or brain-imaging (fMRI)
- good knowledge of statistical analysis
- C-command of the English language
- excellent writing skills.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year to € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment). The 80% appointment is temporary for a specified period of five years. The position requires residence in Groningen, 32 hours/week research and research training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidate's results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

Affiliation
The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the Neurolinguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. This institute embraces all the Linguistics research in the faculty. The PhD project will be performed in collaboration with the research school BCN, Neuroimaging Center (NIC), UMCG. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research training programme of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

How to apply:
You can apply for this vacancy until the closing date of 25 April 2011.

Please include in your application:
- a letter of motivation in English
- a curriculum vitae
- a copy of diplomas and a list of grades; a passport copy
- the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Please upload your application in two files: 1) movitation letter and 2) CV together with the other required documents as one pdf-file (200dpi scans; the entire document should not exceed 10 Mb) by using the application link below. Do NOT send your application to the e-mail addresses mentioned in this text. Incomplete dossiers will not be taken into consideration. Interviews with a selection of the best candidates will presumably take place in week 19.

Starting date of the PhD project from June 1st, 2011.

Contract type: 60 maanden

Organisation

Faculty of Arts

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage what are currently 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.
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PhD position Neurolinguistic profiles of developmental dyslexia (0,8 fte)

Specifications - (explanation)

Location Groningen
Function typesPhD positions, Research, Development, Innovation
Hours 30.0 hours per week
Salary maximum € 2612
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number 211067
Translations
About employer University of Groningen
Short link www.academictransfer.com/9054

Job description

The research programme Neurolinguistic profiles of developmental dyslexia in a longitudinal perspective (funded by NWO) forms a continuation of the Dutch Dyslexia Programme (DDP): a longitudinal study that started in 1998, in which 180 children with a familial risk of dyslexia, and over 100 control children have been studied from the age of 2 months until 10 years. The DDP yielded a worldwide unique, longitudinal data-set; the research population is still available.
In the present programme, this context allows us to further study the phonological and literacy development of these children, and to address the following intriguing question. Although about 40% to 60% of children from dyslexic parents are diagnosed with dyslexia (labeled DYS), the remaining at-risk children learn to read and spell within normal ranges (nonDYS). The crucial question is how the differences between affected and unaffected children in reading abilities relate to risk factors and protecting factors in neurolinguistic processing.

In close collaboration with a parallel project at the UvA, this project monitors the higher order reading acquisition process by means of fMRI combined with EEG (ERP) measurements while the children perform increasingly complex reading tasks requiring integration of phonological, lexical and semantic processes. Theoretical and technical support is available. Task of the PhD-student is to set up, conduct, analyze and publish this exciting series of experiments.

Requirements

- (Research) Master's degree in experimental or clinical linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, neurolinguistics, learning disabilities, or related field
- experience/affinity with neurophysiology (EEG, \ERP) and/or brain-imaging (fMRI)
- good knowledge of statistical analysis
- C-command of the English language
- excellent writing skills.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year to € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment). The 80% appointment is temporary for a specified period of five years. The position requires residence in Groningen, 32 hours/week research and research training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidate's results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

Affiliation
The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the Neurolinguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. This institute embraces all the Linguistics research in the faculty. The PhD project will be performed in collaboration with the research school BCN, Neuroimaging Center (NIC), UMCG. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research training programme of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

How to apply:
You can apply for this vacancy until the closing date of 25 April 2011.

Please include in your application:
- a letter of motivation in English
- a curriculum vitae
- a copy of diplomas and a list of grades; a passport copy
- the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Please upload your application in two files: 1) movitation letter and 2) CV together with the other required documents as one pdf-file (200dpi scans; the entire document should not exceed 10 Mb) by using the application link below. Do NOT send your application to the e-mail addresses mentioned in this text. Incomplete dossiers will not be taken into consideration. Interviews with a selection of the best candidates will presumably take place in week 19.

Starting date of the PhD project from June 1st, 2011.

Contract type: 60 maanden

Organisation

Faculty of Arts

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage what are currently 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.