3-Year Postdoc Position in My Research Group at University of Stuttgart

The Institute of Linguistics at the University of Stuttgart is seeking to fill a 3-year full-time postdoc position in the research group for Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Modeling directed by Titus von der Malsburg.

The successful candidate will conduct their own research in an area related to topics such as: (incremental) sentence comprehension, experimental methods (particularly eye-tracking and large-scale online experimentation), Bayesian data-analytic methods, cognitive models of language processing, and similar.

The successful candidate will also assist in the management of the lab, teach two courses per term at the undergraduate and/or graduate level (in English), and occasionally supervise thesis projects.

Excellent command of English is required. Basic German is useful but not essential.

The position is remunerated according to pay-grade E13 of the German collective agreement for the public service (TV-L). In addition, the lab provides funding for participation in workshops and conferences and a budged for childcare during conference travel.

The start date is flexible but preferably as soon as possible. The position can be renewed by one year.

Lab and larger academic environment:

University of Stuttgart is one of the oldest and most renowned technical universities in Germany. The newly established research group for Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Modeling is part of the Institute of Linguistics and is directed by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Titus von der Malsburg. Our lab has multiple eye-trackers and access to high-performance computing infrastructure. A topic that is close to our hearts is open, robust, replicable and sustainable research and we actively work to improve the workflows, practices, and software tools that support it. The lab is family-friendly and we strive to foster a lively and friendly community while also respecting and accommodating personal constraints and limitations.

Several neighboring departments conduct research in related fields, such as the Institute for Natural Language Processing, the Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, and the Institute of Educational Science. Stuttgart is also home to the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Cyber Valley Initiative, Europe's largest research collaboration in the field of artificial intelligence. Stuttgart's academic ecosystem also maintains close ties to the nearby University of Tübingen and other research institutions in Tübingen.


Stuttgart is one of the largest cities in Germany and a major business, industrial, tourism and publishing center, known as the home of companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Bosch. Located in southwestern Germany near the Black Forest, France, and Switzerland, Stuttgart has a high percentage of residents with an migration background (40%) and is consistently ranked highly for quality of life. Stuttgart is also centrally located within Europe, well connected to the German high-speed rail system, and has the sixth largest international airport in Germany.

Application procedure:

Applications are welcome from people of all genders and orientations. The University of Stuttgart aims to increase the proportion of women in academia. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons will be given preferential consideration in case of equal suitability.

Applications should be written in English and include:

  1. Cover letter with desired starting date (1 to 2 pages max.)
  2. Full curriculum vitae including teaching experience (if any)
  3. Research statement (1-2 pages)
  4. Up to three representative publications

Applications should be sent as a single PDF to: titus.von-der-malsburg@ling.uni-stuttgart.de

Please note that applications submitted on paper (to: Titus von der Malsburg, Institute of Linguistics, Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Modeling, Keplerstr. 17, 70174 Stuttgart) cannot be returned, so please do not send original documents.

Once you have applied, we will arrange a short video interview. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to give a presentation about their research (virtually or in person, depending on circumstances).

Application deadline is July 31, 2021. However, the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

If you have questions, please contact Titus von der Malsburg at: titus.von-der-malsburg@ling.uni-stuttgart.de

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