LINGUIST List 29.4473

Tue Nov 13 2018

Support: Psycholinguistics; Neurolinguistics; Computational Linguistics: PhD, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

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Date: 09-Nov-2018
From: Lars Meyer <>
Subject: Psycholinguistics; Neurolinguistics; Computational Linguistics: PhD, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
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Institution/Organization: MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, DE
Department: Research Group Language Cycles
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Psycholinguistics
Neurolinguistics, Computational Linguistics


The independent research group Language Cycles at the Max Planck Institute for
Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany (MPI CBS) is seeking a
PhD student.

Our newly established research group investigates how the electrophysiological
profile of the human brain constrains our ability to understand language—and
how this may have shaped human language as such, cross-linguistically. We will
directly link behavioral psycholinguistics, experimental neurolinguistics
(i.e., mainly M/EEG), corpus linguistics (i.e., cross-linguistic treebanks),
and computational linguistics (i.e., information-theoretic modeling).

MPI CBS is equipped with a 306-channels MEG system, several EEG systems, TMS,
tDCS, two 3-T MRI scanners, a 7.0-T MRI scanner, and a SIEMENS Skyra Connectom
high-field MRI scanner.
The successful candidate will investigate the role of electrophysiological
timing constraints for sentence processing, focusing on neural oscillations in
the EEG. The student will benefit from the outstanding teaching portfolio of
our International Max Planck Research School. We also anticipate international
student exchange with collaborating laboratories from the above fields.

Candidates must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in linguistics,
cognitive science, psychology, or an adjacent field and be enthusiastic about
language and electrophysiology. The successful candidate will have profound
knowledge in psycholinguistics (i.e. sentence processing), solid programming
skills (i.e. MATLAB®), and experience with statistical analysis software (i.e.
R). The position demands eagerness and curiosity to conduct advanced
electrophysiological analyses (e.g. time–frequency analysis, functional

The starting date is 1st April 2019, and the post is for a duration of 3
years. Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society (i.e.
TVöD E 13, 50%).

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals
with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from
such qualified individuals. International applicants are strongly encouraged
to apply.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information
of two referees, academic certificates and a half-page project proposal
relevant to this advertisement. Please submit your application via our online
system at the application link provided below (subject heading: “PhD 10/18”).

Should you have any questions, please contact Lars Meyer at

Application Deadline: 31-Dec-2018

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Dr. Lars Meyer
Stephanstraße 1A
Leipzig 04103

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Dr. Lars Meyer

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