PhD Positions: Negation at the Interfaces

This position has been posted on linguistlist:

The Department of Linguistics and the Institute of English and
American Studies, Faculty of Modern Languages at Goethe
University Frankfurt, each offer the position of a

Research associate (m/f/d)
(E 13 TV-G-U, 65% part-time)

to be filled on 01.04.2024 within Project B01 “Negation at the
interfaces: Negation and existential quantification in German”
(principal investigators Prof. Dr. Markus Bader, Dr. Sascha Bargmann, and Prof. Dr. Gert Webelhuth). The project is part of
the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1629 “Negation in
Language and Beyond (NegLaB)”. The position will be temporary
and restricted until 31.12.2027. The salary grade is based on the
job descriptions of the collective agreement (TV-G-U) applicable
to Goethe University.

The responsibilities of the two research associates include
collaboration and scientific services in research within Project B01
of the CRC 1629 “NegLaB”. The project explores the interaction of
negation and quantifier scope in German with corpus-linguistic
and psycholinguistic methods. The two research associates are
expected to fulfill the following tasks, one of them mainly being
responsible for the corpus-linguistic part, and the other for the
psycholinguistic part:

  • independent participation in Project B01, cooperation with
    other projects and involvement in activities of the CRC overall
  • creation, execution, and analysis of corpus analyses and
    psycholinguistic experiments
  • application of current statistical methods
  • presentation of results at internal, national, and international conferences as well as documentation of results in scientific

The research associates will have the opportunity to engage in
independent research and to get a Ph.D.


  • university degree (Master) in linguistics or a relevant field with
    a linguistic and/or corpus-linguistic and/or psycholinguistic fo-
    cus (needs to be completed by 31.03.2024)
  • research interest and knowledge in syntax and semantics
    and/or corpus linguistics and/or psycholinguistics
  • excellent language skills in German and English
  • proficiency in common software (Office, R) and willingness to
    learn additional software to conduct corpus studies and ex-
    periments are advantageous
  • ability to work independently, engage in teamwork, and com-
    municate openly

The Goethe University is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunities for both men and women alike, and therefore encourages particularly women to apply for the position/s offered. Individuals with severe disability will be prioritized in case of equal aptitiude and ability.

Please submit your application together with the usual documents
(cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates and, if
necessary, certified translations into German or English)
electronically in the form of one single PDF document by
15.02.2024 to Dr. Sascha Bargmann, email: