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PhD position on speech and emotion
We are looking for technical and administrative support of our newly
founded Research Center "Speech and Emotion",
(website under construction, German)
at Kiel university, Germany. Kiel is a seaport at the Baltic Sea, with a
strong sailing tradition.
We offer a limited position (six months only, 17 h / week, 13 Euro / h)
with fair chances for prolongation. Salary is bad but may improve. Ask
me for details.
The ideal candidate would have just finished his/her master or diploma
studies in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, phonetics, or some
related subject, and would be interested to pursue a PhD project
compatible with the focus of the Research Center. The following excerpt
is from our own project within the Research Center, to be found at
Other possible topics may be oriented towards other groups active in the
Research Center (see http://www.psychologie.uni-kiel.de/sue/ "Projekte",
information will be up to date on Wednesday). But now for our group:
"Speech is suitable for conveying emotion like little else. Both
speaker and listener are involved: The emotional state of the speaker
affects the speech, and the speech affects the emotional state of the
listener. The underlying mechanisms are for a good part universal: One
can often easily decipher the emotional content of a message even if one
does not understand the language of the message.
"We study the effects of emotional state on speech, as well as the
effects of emotional speech on listeners. This is achieved by recording
skin conductance, goose bumps, blood pressure, and other peripheral
measures of emotional state as well as vocal parameters. The outcome of
these analyses is not only useful for basic research in emotion
psychology, but also for clinical research and forensic studies, in the
areas of developmental and pedagogical psychology, as well as in
industrial and organizational psychology."
Good knowledge of HTML and of office software are required. Programming
skills (e.g. Matlab) are helpful. Command of German language should be
present, or the candidate should be willing to acquire it soon.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled. However, we need
to provide a name really soon now. Please mail to Christian Kaernbach,
chris2007 at kaernbach dot de
Prof. Dr. Christian Kaernbach
Institut für Psychologie
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel