The Child Language and Speech Studies (C.L.A.S.S.) Lab at the University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus) is accepting applications for a full time postdoctoral researcher in the area of developmental psycholinguistics. The position will be fully funded by Dr. Elizabeth Johnson’s Canada Research Chair Award. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., Psychology, Linguistics, Hearing and Speech Sciences, or Cognitive Science), excellent writing skills, and advanced training in experimental design and statistics. Special attention will be given to candidates with a strong background in phonetics, psycholinguistics, and/or infant testing. The position will involve testing children as well as adults, but prior experience doing experimental work with young children is not absolutely necessary. Willingness to participate in public outreach and/or knowledge translation exercises would be a plus. Experience using R, running eye-tracking experiments, and/or using LENA would also be a plus.
The successful candidate will become a member of the Perception, Cognition, and Language Group in the Psychology Department (www.utm.utoronto.ca/psychology/research-0/perception-cognition-and-language), and will join Dr. Johnson’s research team running both perception and production experiments examining how young children acquire the sound structure of their native language(s) (www.utm.utoronto.ca/psychology/faculty-staff/johnson-elizabeth). The successful candidate will also be encouraged to attend tri-campus interdisciplinary research talks, such as the Psycholinguistics Talks (tlpl.ling.utoronto.ca/Psycholinguistics_at_UofT.html) and the Developmental Interest Group Talks (www.psych.utoronto.ca/users/DIG/). Starting salary will be $40,000 a year. In addition to becoming involved in a planned set of experiments, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a unique line of research in collaboration with Dr. Johnson. Initial funding will be provided for one year, but an additional two years of funding is likely possible. This position is 100% research and involves no teaching obligations (although some contributions to lab management and general mentorship of junior students will be expected).
Interested candidates should submit a CV, a short statement of interest (preferably <500 words), a sample first-authored publication, and the names of two potential letter writers. Candidates should also include a brief cover letter stating where they first learned about this position, and their ideal start date. Reference letters will only be requested from shortlisted candidates. Application materials should be submitted directly to Dr. Johnson (). Review of applications will begin March 18th and will continue until a suitable candidate is found to fill the position. The start date would ideally be as soon as possible, but excellent candidates who cannot begin immediately are still encouraged to apply. International candidates with strong English skills are highly encouraged to apply. Note that the Greater Toronto Area has one of the most linguistically diverse populations in the world (with roughly half of local residents born outside of Canada), making it an exciting place to live as well as a excellent location to study language development.