LINGUIST List 21.3405

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 <>
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:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Syntax

The European Initial Training Network EBRAMUS (Europe BRAin and MUSic) isoffering a PhD position for up to three years at the Max Planck Institute forHuman 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 oftemporal 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 temporaland rhythmic cues facilitate syntactic processes of various complexities duringauditory language processing.

The candidate must have a Masters degree in experimental psychology,neuroscience, neurolinguistics, or neuropsychology; experience with EEG and/orfMRI techniques ; interest in combined language/music research; knowledge ofresearch 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 neuroscienceequipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, three 3.0 T MRI scanners, a 306 channels MEGsystem, a TMS system and several EEG suites. All facilities are supported byexperienced IT and physics staff. The institute offers a lively, internationaland interdisciplinary research environment. PhD students have the opportunity toparticipate in the curriculum of the International Max Planck Research School.

The successful candidate will benefit from the expertise united in the EBRAMUStraining network, including collaborations with network partners with relevantexpertise in music and language research, implicit learning, as well asmethodological expertise. EBRAMUS is a consortium of European research centresto study new perspectives for stimulating cognitive and sensory processes usingmusic.

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

Please include the following documents in your application (preferably in onePDF-file): Cover letter, curriculum vitae (format: Europass CV), names andcontact details of three personal references, a description of your personalqualifications, future research interests and academic goals (motivationletter). Applications (code EBRAMUS/SKC) should be sent to Professor Sonja Kotz(; +49 341 99402231).

* At the time of appointment (1 November 2010), candidates need to be in thefirst four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including theperiod of research training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree whichwould formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate either in the country inwhich the degree was obtained or in Germany, irrespective whether or not adoctorate is envisaged. They may be of any nationality except for the Germanone. In the case of a candidate holding more than one nationality, he/she mustnot have resided in Germany during the previous 5 years. In general, nocandidate is allowed to have resided or carried out his/her main activity inGermany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/herappointment. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Inaddition, candidates have to undertake a physical transnational mobility at thetime of appointment or within less than 12 months before his/her appointmentunder the project.

Applications Deadline: 20-Sep-2010

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

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

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