PhD postions (x2): Characterising Foreign Accent in First Language Attrition - University of Graz

Δευ, 11/11/2019


Two PhD positions are available in the Applied English Linguistics Section at the Department of English, University of Graz. These positions are attached to the project "Characterising Foreign Accent in First Language Attrition" funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) to Professor Ineke Mennen, the Principal Investigator (PI).


PhD students will be working alongside the PI, a Postdoctoral Researcher, a student assistant, and our international collaborator (Dr Robert Mayr) on the aims of the project to characterise perceived phonetic L1 attrition, to relate it to acoustic changes in the L1 and L2, and to determine which predictor variables govern it.


Both positions are fixed term, for a period of three years, starting in January 2020. One PhD position is for 75% (30 hours a week), the other for 50% (20 hours per week). One PhD student will focus on acoustic phonetic analysis of speech production data and specifically the acoustic correlates of phonetic L1 attrition. The other PhD student will focus on perception of foreign accent (in L1 and L2) and the relationship between foreign accent and the various predictor variables. Both positions are fixed term, for a period of three years, starting in January 2020.


The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Linguistics/Phonetics or equivalent, with a specialization in acoustic phonetics and an outstanding academic record, experience with Praat software, scripting and statistical analysis of data (desirable), and an interest in L1 attrition/L2 acquisition. S/He should be fluent in English (and preferably also in German) and be able to demonstrate strong experimental and analytical skills (e.g., through an experimental MA thesis). S/He will be expected to collect and analyze data in order to address the project’s research questions, to present findings at workshops, conferences, and seminars, to help organize dissemination events, and to participate in the writing of research papers arising from the project. Please contact the PI for more information at


All interested in applying, please email (1) a cover letter outlining their background and suitability for the post and whether you are more interested in a focus on production or perception; (2) a CV with a list of publications (where relevant); and (3) a statement whether you would like to be considered for the 50% or 75% position.


- Closing date for applications: 29 November 2019

- Start date of the post: 6 January 2020

- Salary: 75% post €2148.40 gross/month; 50% post €1432.27 gross/month. To be confirmed.

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