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Thu Oct 26 2017

Support: Psycholinguistics: PhD, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 25-Oct-2017
From: Angela Heuts <>
Subject: Psycholinguistics: PhD, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
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Department: IMPRS
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Psycholinguistics


The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is once again recruiting three candidates for its coveted IMPRS Fellowships. The Fellowships are intended to encourage interdisciplinary language research that takes advantage of the high concentration of top-rated expertise and facilities available in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Each PhD position is funded for four years with a preferred start date of September 1, 2018. The application deadline is January 2, 2018 (midnight CET).

The IMPRS is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and its partner institutes at the Radboud University: the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities ranging from genetics labs, advanced brain imaging techniques to a virtual reality lab, and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment.

We aim to attract outstanding students who wish to earn a PhD degree in any area of the languages sciences. Broad questions addressed by students of the IMPRS include:
- What is the architecture of the language system?
- How is language represented in the brain?
- What is the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental communication disorders?
- Why is the human brain capable of learning and processing diverse languages?

The working language of the research school is English. Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2018) in a relevant field. If you have a background in (psycho)linguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, molecular biology or genetics, computer science, or artificial intelligence, you could contribute to fundamental science in this area.

PhD students receive a monthly gross salary starting at approx. €2,300 to cover living costs in Nijmegen. Salaries are in accordance with the German wage agreement for public servants (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst, TVöD) set under a 50% contract at salary group level E13-1 plus a Gewinnungszulage (allowance) of approx. €400 per month.

Through the IMPRS, you will earn a PhD degree from the Radboud University. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

Please send queries with ''IMPRS 2018 application'' in the subject line to .

The online application system can be accessed here until January 2, 2018 (midnight CET). Please consult the list of potential supervisors for more information on research possibilities. You are required to select at least two researchers.

Finalists will each be asked to develop a research proposal in consultation with their proposed potential supervisors. They will then be invited to present their proposal at the MPI to a mixed panel of experts and non-experts. Proposals promoting interdisciplinary research are most preferred. Accordingly, applicants are strongly advised to consider a combination of researchers based at the MPI and its partner institutes (CLS, Donders Institute) as potential supervisors. Successful applicants will have full access to facilities and resources at the MPI, CLS and Donders Institute to carry out their research.

We aim to notify short-listed candidates by the end of January of Skype interviews planned in early February. Finalists will then be invited for interviews at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics planned in March. However, this schedule is subject to change.

Applications Deadline: 02-Jan-2018

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Kevin Lam

Page Updated: 26-Oct-2017