Research Associate (m/f/d) Pragmatics department

Leibniz Institute for the German Language (IDS), Mannheim

At the IDS, the following position in the Pragmatics department for the new project “Processing and Interpretation of Turn-Timing in Conversation (InterTurn)“ is to be filled.

Research Associate (m/f/d)


(Reference 29/2022)

with the regular weekly working time of currently 39.5 hours (1.0 FTE). Depending on personal pre-requisites, the employment relationship is initially limited to up to three years. Remuneration is based on salary group 13 TV-L.

The starting date is flexible between 1 January 2023 and 1 April 2023.

You will be part of a research team experimentally investigating cognitive processes during conversational turn-taking-sequences. You will collect and evaluate linguistic reaction times, EEG-data and eye movements in order to investigate how pauses between turns are perceived and what influence they have on the interpretation of subsequent turns. You will be responsible for preparing and conducting the experiments and recording the required auditory and audio-visual stimuli as well as for statistically evaluating and presenting the results of the studies. The results will allow conclusions to be drawn about semantic and pragmatic processing and interpretation processes in dialogue situations and will thus enable the development of a theory about the contribution of turn timing to the construction of meaning in conversation. The working language within the project is English. The working language at the IDS is German.

Your area of responsibility essentially includes:

  • Implementation and execution of reaction time, eye-tracking, and EEG experiments
  • Presentation of project results at (inter)national conferences
  • Joint publications on project results in English
  • Support in project coordination and administration
  • Assistance in organizing workshops, panels and conferences


  • A successfully completed or near-complete doctorate in psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology or a related field that is relevant to the research topic
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Independence and organizational skills
  • Reliability
  • Very good command of spoken and written English; good command of German is a plus
  • Experience in studies on language processing in dialogue is an advantage
  • Experience in the acquisition and analysis of EEG and/or eye movement data is desired
  • Knowledge of interactional linguistics is a plus 

We offer:

An interesting scientific environment in a renowned research institute with many opportunities for cooperation - within projects, across projects and with numerous (international) partners. The IDS holds outstanding expertise in linguistic research and maintains close ties to the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg. We support our employees with further academic qualifications.

We also offer an attractive pension plan, childcare allowance and performance-related remuneration based on the collective agreement of the federal states.

The IDS pursues the goal of professional equality for women and men and strives to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented. The compatibility of work and family is particularly encouraged by the IDS. The IDS welcomes applications from severely disabled persons.

Please send your comprehensive written application with a letter of motivation (preferably in English), curriculum vitae including contact details for two academic references, academic certificates and a scientific text you have written (preferably in English) summarized in one PDF document (max. 5MB), stating the above Reference number by e-mail by October 31st, 2022 to

Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)



Interviews are expected to take place around beginning November. For further information please contact Dr. Mathias Barthel via email at barthel(at)ids-mannheim.de.