Dr. Jan Michalsky

Jan Michalsky received a Bachelor’s degree in German studies and Biology in 2010 and a consecutive Master’s degree in German linguistics in 2012 both from the University of Oldenburg. In 2015 he finished his PhD thesis in the field of experimental phonetics on the topic of intonation of interrogativity in German with summa cum laude. From 2012 to 2015 he worked as a doctoral student and from 2015 to 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oldenburg in research and teaching.

In the scope of his activity as a lecturer at the University of Oldenburg, Michalsky adopted a research-based teaching style specifically to guide students who aim at earning a teaching degree towards a deeper understanding of complex research areas in the field of experimental phonetics. For this endeavor he was granted the award for best teaching in the category of research-based learning in 2014. Furthermore, he (re)established the field of constructed and fictional languages as an innovative method to teach grammar at the University of Oldenburg. In 2015 he furthermore worked at the Max Planck Institute for Human History at transcribing Germanic languages in the sound comparisonsproject.

Based on his own research in the field of phonetic effects of social variables in application on negotiation and sales conversations, Michalsky started working, parallel to his academic career, as co-founder and voice profiler at Saphire Solutions. As a company, Saphire Solutions dedicated to the objective analysis and optimization of negotiation and leadership practices through the application of acoustic-phonetic methods in the economic sector.

Since 2018 Jan Michalsky has worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Chair of Technology Management at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg to develop an online course on the scientific mediation of charismatic speech for the Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern.

Research interest

Jan Michalsky’s research interests are focused on the extensive field of phonetic effects in social interaction, specifically on how the dynamic interaction between acoustic features of the voices of interlocutors reflects and influences their social relationship. Within this field his research is focused on two main topics. Firstly, social interaction within the scope of dating and mating conversations and the question how the human voice interacts with a speaker’s perceived visual attractiveness and likability. Secondly, professional interaction in negotiation, bargaining and sales conversations and the question, how charisma, persuasiveness, and skill in negotiation are reflected in and affected by acoustic features of the human voice and how those features might be optimized for enhancing communicative success.


Information about the online course on the scientific mediation of charismatic speech can be found here.


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