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Institution Faculty of Languages and Literatures - Institute for German as a Foreign Language
Remuneration group TV-L E13
Full-time / Part-time Part-time (65%)
Start date 2023-05-01 (limited to three years)
Application deadline 2023-02-28

About us:

In the context of the DFG project "Constructional patterns in language-mixed utterances of bilingual children: a usage-based corpus study", a position as a Research Assistant is available at the Institute for German as a Foreign Language at LMU Munich, starting no earlier than 2023-05-01. In the context of the project, the influence of linguistic input on language behavior, especially language mixing, of German-English bilingual children will be investigated. The project takes place in close cooperation with the University of Leipzig (English Studies) as well as the University of Düsseldorf (German Studies). In particular, the close exchange between the project partners is seen as central to the success of the project.

We are looking for you:

Research Assistant (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • You will apply quantitative (computational linguistic) methods for the analysis of language acquisition data of bilingual children and develop these models further, if necessary.
  • You will collaborate with the applicants and student assistants on the annotation of corpus data and coordinate corpus processing between the three project sites.
  • You will evaluate analysis results against the background of usage-based theories of language acquisition.
  • You will present the project at conferences and participate in joint publication projects.

Your qualifications:

  • You have a Masters degree or comparable degree (e. g. teaching degree first state examination) in a relevant field (e. g. linguistics [general linguistics or individual philologies], computational linguistics, digital humanities, computer science with focus on NLP).
  • You have experience with quantitative methods and you are familiar with programming languages (e. g., R, Python) or are willing to familiarize yourself with this field.
  • In addition, you should be willing to work independently while also having strong teamwork and communication skills, which are highly relevant for the successful implementation of the project at the three locations.


We offer an exciting research environment in an enthusiastic team and the opportunity to conduct your own research within the project at one of the leading German universities (LMU) in one of the most livable cities in the country. Within the project, there is the possibility to obtain a doctorate (Dr. phil.). During the entire period of employment, additional competencies can be acquired and further qualification offers from the LMU's range of courses can be taken advantage of.

To ensure equal opportunities, applications from qualified women are particularly welcome.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send your application in German (short letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, thesis and, if possible, expert opinion on the thesis or recommendation, copies of transcripts of records) by February 28, 2023, exclusively in electronic form and summarized in a pdf to Heike Lohf, LMU Munich, Institute for German as a Foreign Language, e-mail:

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Dr. Nikolas Koch (

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