The successful candidate will be awarded a four-year PhD grant at the ACTE lab (https://acte.ulb.be), at the Université libre de Bruxelles. They will be writing a PhD dissertation under the supervision of Mikhail Kissine on a detailed analysis of spontaneous speech in a large sample of 3- to 7-year-old autistic children in the French-speaking part of Belgium. This PhD position is part of Belgian Language in Autism Cohort, a large multicentric and multilingual longitudinal project on the linguistic trajectories in autism, led by ACTE at Université libre de Bruxelles, LAURES at KU Leuven, and RIDDL at Gent University. In addition to focusing on the detailed analysis of speech data, the successful candidate will be expected to help coordinate the collection and the transcription of these data. All PhD students working within the project will have the opportunity to receive training in all the experimental tools used in the project (such as the administration of standardized cognitive, linguistic and autism-specific psychometric tools and questionnaires, EEG or measures of statistical learning), and to spend time in the other labs involved in the project. The monthly net salary is expected to be around 2100 ¤ the first two years, and 2170 ¤ the third and the fourth years.
Being awarded a MA diploma or equivalent in linguistics, psychology, speech therapy or cognitive science no later than August 1st 2022;
Excellent academic grades;
Training in the analysis of linguistic data;
Native or native-like French;
Excellent mastery of academic English;
Being prepared to collect data across Belgium with flexible working hours;
Excellent inter-personal skills;
Interest in autism and language acquisition.
Experience in autism or other neuro-developmental conditions;
Knowledge of Dutch;
Experience in quantitative data analysis.
How to apply
The applications will be assessed on a rolling base until the position is filled, but not later than August 10 2022. The application file should consist in a single pdf document, combining the following:
A one-page motivation letter;
The names and the contact details of two referees who can be contacted during the selection process;
A copy of the relevant diplomas and grade records;
A recent sample of academic writing in English or in French.
Applications and inquiries about this position should be sent to Mikhail.Kissine@ulb.be with the following object: EOS PhD application. We specifically encourage applications from candidates who are neuro-diverse, disabled or come from ethnic groups underrepresented in academia.