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Wed Dec 16 2020

Support: Psycholinguistics: PhD, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

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Date: 15-Dec-2020
From: Angela Heuts <>
Subject: Psycholinguistics: PhD, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
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Department: International Max Planck Research School
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Psycholinguistics


The IMPRS for Language Sciences invites applications for TWO fellowships that are fully funded by the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. The goal of the scheme is to enable young researchers to pursue interdisciplinary research projects in the language sciences, supervised by leading scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and its partner institutes at the Radboud University -- the Centre for Language Studies and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. With a diverse selection of potential supervisors to choose from, the applicant is invited to explore the range of research possibilities on offer.

The fellowships are suitable for applicants from a variety of backgrounds including:
- artificial intelligence
- biology
- (cognitive) neuroscience
- cognitive science
- computer science
- genetics
- linguistics
- mathematics
- neurobiology
- physics
- psychology

Conditions of employment:
The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years with an annual gross salary of approx. €33,770 (inclusive of an annual holiday allowance). You will be entitled to 30 holiday days per year (on the basis of full-time employment), as well as Dutch and German institute holidays. A personal pension scheme is included, to which both employer and employee pay a monthly contribution.

You will have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities and a generous conference and travel budget. Your educational training programme will be provided by the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, and will involve both core and individually chosen coursework to complement the PhD research, and training in soft skills such as writing and presentation. Radboud University, our partner university, will issue the doctoral degree through the faculty at which the promoting professor in the supervisory committee is appointed.


- A high-quality (Research) Master’s degree or equivalent* in a relevant field of the intended project, such as artificial intelligence, biology, (cognitive) neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, genetics, linguistics, mathematics, neurobiology, neuroimaging, physics, and psychology.
* see FAQ section #11 on the application link below for more information.
- A demonstrable interest in conducting interdisciplinary research on language.
- Experience in carrying out empirical research (e.g., experimental design, recruitment, participant testing, quantitative data analysis, report writing).
- Expertise using statistical packages and/or programming languages to analyse data and/or model behaviour.
- A demonstrable ability to present research ideas clearly to people from a range of disciplinary backgrounds.
- Excellent written and spoken English. The language of the Institute is English, so knowledge of Dutch is not required.

- Some experience giving research talks or poster presentations and preparing manuscripts for publication would be an advantage.
- Some experience and/or a serious interest in interdisciplinary research on language is an advantage.
- Depending on the intended project, native (or near-native) knowledge of the language(s) of study is desirable.

For the most up to date information and FAQ section, and to access the application form, please visit the application link provided below.

Applications Deadline: 01-Feb-2021

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Kevin Lam

Page Updated: 18-Dec-2020