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Wed Aug 25 2010

Support: Cognitive Science, Syntax: PhD Student, MPI, Germany

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        1.    Antje Hollaender, Cognitive Science, Syntax: PhD Student, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany

Message 1: Cognitive Science, Syntax: PhD Student, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany
Date: 20-Aug-2010
From: Antje Hollaender <hollaendercbs.mpg.de>
Subject: Cognitive Science, Syntax: PhD Student, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany
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Institution/Organization: Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Department: Neurocognition of rhythm in communication
Web Address: http://www.cbs.mpg.de

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Syntax


The European Initial Training Network EBRAMUS (Europe BRAin and MUSic) is
offering a PhD position for up to three years at the Max Planck Institute for
Human Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Leipzig, Germany) in the research group
"Neurocognition of rhythm in communication".

The successful candidate will work on the project "Facilitatory effects of
temporal and rhythmic music cues in local and hierarchical syntactic processing"
and conduct behavioural, ERP and fMRI research in healthy and patient (stroke,
Parkinson) populations. The PhD project will investigate how and when temporal
and rhythmic cues facilitate syntactic processes of various complexities during
auditory language processing.

The candidate must have a Masters degree in experimental psychology,
neuroscience, neurolinguistics, or neuropsychology; experience with EEG and/or
fMRI techniques ; interest in combined language/music research; knowledge of
research designs, statistical skills and computer programming skills
(Presentation, MATLAB). Please note the programme-specific eligibility criteria.*

The Institute is a leading centre for cognitive and imaging neuroscience
equipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, three 3.0 T MRI scanners, a 306 channels MEG
system, a TMS system and several EEG suites. All facilities are supported by
experienced IT and physics staff. The institute offers a lively, international
and interdisciplinary research environment. PhD students have the opportunity to
participate in the curriculum of the International Max Planck Research School.

The successful candidate will benefit from the expertise united in the EBRAMUS
training network, including collaborations with network partners with relevant
expertise in music and language research, implicit learning, as well as
methodological expertise. EBRAMUS is a consortium of European research centres
to study new perspectives for stimulating cognitive and sensory processes using

Applications from female scientists are particularly encouraged. Preference will
be given to disabled persons with the same qualification.

Please include the following documents in your application (preferably in one
PDF-file): Cover letter, curriculum vitae (format: Europass CV), names and
contact details of three personal references, a description of your personal
qualifications, future research interests and academic goals (motivation
letter). Applications (code EBRAMUS/SKC) should be sent to Professor Sonja Kotz
(kotzcbs.mpg.de) as well as to EBRAMUSgmail.com (see also
http://leadserv.u-bourgogne.fr/ebramus/). For questions or informal enquiries
please contact Professor Sonja Kotz (kotzcbs.mpg.de; +49 341 99402231).

* At the time of appointment (1 November 2010), candidates need to be in the
first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the
period of research training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which
would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate either in the country in
which the degree was obtained or in Germany, irrespective whether or not a
doctorate is envisaged. They may be of any nationality except for the German
one. In the case of a candidate holding more than one nationality, he/she must
not have resided in Germany during the previous 5 years. In general, no
candidate is allowed to have resided or carried out his/her main activity in
Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her
appointment. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. In
addition, candidates have to undertake a physical transnational mobility at the
time of appointment or within less than 12 months before his/her appointment
under the project.

Applications Deadline: 20-Sep-2010

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Professor Sonja Kotz
        Stephanstrasse 1a
        Leipzig Saxony 04103

Contact Information:
        Professor Sonja Kotz
        Phone:+49 341 99402231

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