The new Prosody & Speech Dynamics Lab in the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University seeks to fill a postdoctoral position. Applications are invited from individuals with a Ph.D. and research expertise in any field related to the analysis of spoken language, including Linguistics, Psychology, Speech & Hearing Science, and Computer Science/ Computer Engineering.

 The Prosody & Speech Dynamics Lab investigates prosody and speech dynamics from linguistic, cognitive, and computational perspectives, using experimental and corpus methods. The emphasis is on data-driven, quantitative approaches to research that are informed by multi-disciplinary perspectives on spoken language. Current research focuses on variation in the production and perception of prosody as observed across individuals, tasks, speech styles, dialects and languages. Analyses encompass phonological and phonetic levels, with data from a wide variety of spontaneous and elicited speech tasks. Other ongoing projects investigate prosody and gestural entrainment, approaches to prosodic annotation, and emotional/affective prosody. A special focus is on research that scales to large datasets of naturalistic speech, using computational and statistical modeling methods.

 The postdoc will work with the lab Director, Dr. Jennifer Cole, and a team of graduate and undergraduate researchers to advance ongoing projects and to launch new projects. The postdoc will join a vibrant community of speech and language researchers at Northwestern University whose expertise spans areas such as bilingualism, speech perception and auditory processing, sentence processing, computational psycholinguistics, child language development, spoken discourse, and the cognitive and neural bases of language.

 The appointment will be for one year with a possible extension to a second year subject to a progress review. Preferred start date is Aug. 15, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. by the time of the appointment. Applications should include (i) a cover letter that states the applicant’s experience and research interests related to prosody and speech dynamics; (ii) a current CV, (iii) a PDF copy of publications or a list of links for online access to publications; (iv) the names and contact information of at least two references.

 Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

 Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Jennifer Cole ([email protected] ) with any questions about the Lab and the position.

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