Centre for Language Evolution Studies

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Collegium Maius, Room 26,
ul. Fosa Staromiejska 3, 87-100 Toruń

Call for an incoming post-doctoral fellowship

The Center of Excellence IMSErt at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland is inviting applications from international researchers for a 4 to 12 month post-doctoral fellowship at one of its units, CLES NCU (Center for Language Evolution Studies, see: https://cles.umk.pl/). The applicant is expected to hold a PhD in language sciences / cognitive sciences / data sciences or a related field, as well as have experience in conducting communication- and language-related research. An additional asset would be expertise and experience in any of the following: language evolution research, experimental study design, biofeedback, eye tracking, motion tracking, video data annotation and analysis, big data, database development, programming, scientometrics, and statistical analysis of data.

The applicant is expected to collaborate with CLES members in conducting research as well as share their expertise and skills during the Center’s weekly seminars and designated workshops. The applicant will have access to the Center’s research equipment (see below) and will receive support in organising and conducting research, including additional funding for research and/or mobility, and an online platform for recruiting participants.

The applicant will be employed on the basis of a task contract for a fixed term of 4 to 12 months. Proposed start: September 2020 (negotiable).

The applicant will receive 15 000 PLN (pre-tax) for the first month of their stay in Toruń and 10 000 PLN (pre-tax) for each of the following months (note the affordability of Torun when compared to the European average – e.g. https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Torun).

For further information and/or to apply for this position, please send an email to: wacewicz@umk.pl. In order to apply, please attach the following to your message:

  • a brief (ca. one page) description of the research project to be carried out during the 4-12 months: research objectives and scope, significance, methods, and a clear indication of how these relate to the profile of CLES;
  • a one-page CV, describing areas of expertise and featuring a list of max. 3 most important academic accomplishments and/or successful research projects, as well as max. 3 most important papers published in peer-reviewed journals;
  • a scanned signed GDPR consent, attached below.

Closing date for submissions: July 15th 2020


CLES: a successful applicant will join a team of international researchers at CLES, who conduct research on language evolution and language-related phenomena such as politeness, pantomime, narratives, CMC, sound symbolism, and gesture, but also sign language. Currently we are working on several projects funded by the Polish agencies NCN and NAWA, which you can find on our web page (https://cles.umk.pl/).

The CLES Lab is located in Collegium Maius in the beautiful Old Town of Toruń. It houses equipment and software that will be at the applicant’s disposal, including an EyeLink 1000 Plus eye tracker, a biofeedback set, Rokoko Smartsuit Pro motion capture set, and a range of software licences including E-Prime with Chronos, LabVanced, nVivo and SPSS. CLES is part of the center of excellence IMSErt.

IMSErt: the Center of Excellence IMSErt – Interacting minds, societies, environments (https://imsert.umk.pl/en/) is one of the five centers of excellence at NCU Torun. It conducts research in linguistics, archaeology, psychology, history of knowledge, memory studies, social geography, environmental studies, economics, finance and management.

NCU Torun: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, the largest university in northern Poland, is now part of the Excellence Initiative – Research University, which is implemented at ten best universities in Poland.

Toruń: the city of Toruń has a very strong reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Poland – it is enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Poland. It is also the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, and a world-famous hometown of gingerbread – still manufactured to a 500-year-old recipe.


Information on personal data processing

On the basis of the Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (further referred to as General Data Protection Regulation), we hereby inform you that:

  1. Your personal data shall be administered by Nicolaus Copernicus University, based in Toruń, Gagarina Street 11, 87-100 Toruń in Poland (further referred to as the University).
  2. The objective of the processing of your personal data is choosing a post-doc fellow in an open call from the University’s Centre of Excellence IMSErt – Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments.
  3. The collected personal data will be stored no longer after than 3 months after the call is closed or your consent is withdrawn.
  4. You have the right to ask for:
  5.       access to your personal data subject to the law, especially in order to rectify it,
  6.     deleting or limiting the processing of the data,
  7.       ceasing the processing of the data,
  8.     transferring the data to another administrator.
  9. You have the right to withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal data at any time, but please note that this does not affect the processing that was carried out on the basis of your consent before it was withdrawn.
  10. The refusal to provide your personal data or the lack of consent for its processing will unfortunately prevent you from taking part in the call.
  11. You have the right to file a complaint to the President of the Personal Data Protection Office of Poland.
  12. Your personal data will not be made available to other entities.
  13. If you wish to contact the University about any of the issues connected with the processing of your personal data, especially in order to exercise your rights listed above, please use the following email address: imsert@umk.pl or traditional mail: University Centre of Excellence IMSErt – Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments, Fosa Staromiejska 3, 87-100 Toruń, Poland


Having read the above information, I hereby agree to the processing of my personal data by the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń for the purpose of a post-doc fellowship call organised by the University Centre of Excellence IMSErt – Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments.



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