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Support: Phonetics, Psycholinguistics / Netherlands

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Date: 17-Feb-2015
From: Angela Heuts <>
Subject: Phonetics, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
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Department: Psychology of Language
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Psycholinguistics
Experimental Psycholinguistics and Phonetics


The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is inviting applications for a PhD position in Experimental Psycholinguistics and Phonetics.

The position is available at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics beginning September 2015, embedded within the Psychology of Language department.

The PhD project, supervised by Dr. Hans Rutger Bosker and Prof. Antje Meyer, concerns the psychological mechanisms involved in the production and perception of speech rate variation. Speech can be produced at different speeds, but it is unknown how people achieve faster or slower speaking rates. What are the factors that are responsible for rate variation between individuals? How do listeners manage to comprehend speech produced at different rates? How does a speaker's own speech rate interact with his/her perception of rate variation?

Duties and Responsibilities:
Depending on the candidate's own background and interests, the project will involve production and perception experiments with a wide range of participants. The Psychology of Language department emphasizes the need to study language in the normal population collecting data from participants with various backgrounds in and outside the lab and online.

The department provides opportunities for training in a range of neuropsychological, psychological and phonetic techniques, frequent research and public engagement meetings, and support from an excellent team of researchers in psycholinguistics. For further details of our research, please see our website:

The MPI in Nijmegen is a leading research institute, with a stimulating environment and excellent facilities and resources. The institute is entirely devoted to the question of how we acquire, produce and understand language, and its investigations are highly multidisciplinary, uniting Anthropology, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, and Genetics.

Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a Master's degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or related areas.
We seek exceptional students with a talent and inclination for first class research.
Candidates should have an excellent written and spoken command of English.

The position is available as of September 2015 and is funded for 3 years. Funding includes generous research and travel budgets. All students participate in the taught doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences.

How to Apply:
Your application should include your CV, the names and e-mail addresses of two referees, and a statement of your research interests (approximately 1000 words), where you describe your research experience and sketch which topic(s) you might want to pursue in your PhD project.
Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until the application deadline.
For any questions concerning the research program please write to: or
To apply, write to

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, persons with disabilities, and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

Applications Deadline: 10-Mar-2015

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Evelyn Veen

Page Updated: 18-Feb-2015