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Wednesday, October 05, 2022 by Chris Wellekens

6-16 (2022-06-22) Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Linguistics, JWGoethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main is one of the largest universities in Germany with around 48,000 students and with about 5,000 employees. Founded in 1914 by Frankfurt citizens and since 2008 once again proud of its foundation status Goethe University possesses a high degree of autonomy, modernity and professional diversity. As a comprehensive university, the Goethe University offers a total of 16 departments on five campuses and more than 100 degree programs along with an outstanding research reputation.


The Institute of Linguistics at the Department of Modern Languages of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main offers a position in cotutelle with the Department of Translation and Language Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, in the project “Co-Speech Gestures and Prosody as Multimodal Markers of Information Structure” as a


Doctoral Researcher

(E13 TV-GU, 65% part-time) starting October 1st 2022


funded for 3 years by the German Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG). The salary grade includes social benefits and is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement applicable to Goethe University (TV-G-U).

We offer a 3-year doctoral co-tutelle position to work within a collaborative team. The main focus of the doctoral research will be to assess the multimodal markers of IS in Catalan. The project will be run in close collaboration with the team assessing the multimodal markers of IS in German. The two teams involved are the Prosodic Studies Group at UPF (IP: Dr. Pilar Prieto)

and the Phonology Lab at the Institute of Linguistics in Frankfurt (PI: Dr. Frank Kügler). The project is part of the DFG Priority Progamme 2329 “Visual Communication” (

The ideal candidate has a strong background in linguistics and linguistic experimentation, is highly motivated and interested in the assessment of prosodic and gestural markers in language. Knowledge of Catalan will be required to run the experiments. To qualify for a doctoral position in Linguistics the candidate should hold a master’s degree in Linguistics, Philology, Psychology, or equivalent.

Doctoral students are expected to participate actively in the project and the two department’s activities. The position comes with no teaching obligation.

The application in English should consist of one pdf file containing:

  • A letter of intent describing your research interests and motivation for PhD studies (maximum one page)
  • CV
  • English certificate of your BA and MA degree (or equivalent) with a transcript of records
  • A maximum 3-page research proposal which states a research question related to the project, describes the methodology and work plan, and contextualises the expected results in relation to the state of the art. The actual dissertation project of the successful candidate will be worked out in collaboration with the supervisor.
  • One or two letters of reference
  • Other documents which the applicant would like to include

All required documents should be emailed as a pdf file (preferably as one document) to Frank Kügler ( and Pilar Prieto ( up to July 15th, 2022.

For more information, please contact Frank Kügler and Pilar Prieto.


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 qualification.


Prof. Dr. Frank Kügler
Institut für Linguistik
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
D-60323 Frankfurt am Main
Telefon +49 69 798 32217


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