LINGUIST List 32.964

Tue Mar 16 2021

Support: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Phonetics: PhD, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 16-Mar-2021
From: Angela Heuts <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Phonetics: PhD, 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: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Phonetics
Experimental Psychology; Cognitive Neuroscience; Computer Science


PhD positions in the Psychology of Language Department
Listening and speaking in conversation
Two four-year fully funded PhD positions in the Psychology of Language Department
Doctoral supervisor: Prof. Antje Meyer

Job Description:
The PhD projects should investigate the cognitive processes and neurobiological basis of speaking and listening in everyday conversation. Questions to be addressed include how interlocutors divide attention between listening and speech planning, how they prime each other and establish common ground, how they adapt to their interlocutor’s speech, how multimodal cues are integrated in face-to-face communication, and how individual differences in linguistic and domain-general skills shape conversations. These questions can be investigated using a wide range of methods including behavioural methods, assessment of individual differences, eye-tracking, EEG, and computational modelling, depending on the nature of the project and the candidate's interest.

What we expect from you:
We seek exceptional students with a talent and inclination for first class research. Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a high-quality Research Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. experimental psychology, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, linguistics, phonetics). Masters degrees should involve several months of experience and training on a scientific project. Candidates should have a solid background in experimental design and data analysis. Furthermore, they should have excellent command of written and spoken English. The preferred starting date is 1 September 2021.

What we have to offer:
The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years (starting gross salary is around €2,500 per month). The institute provides fully equipped research facilities, technical support, as well as a conference and travel budget. PhD students participate in the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, which involves core and individually chosen coursework to complement the PhD research and training in soft skills such as writing and presentation.

Work environment:
The MPI in Nijmegen is an internationally recognized, leading research institute, with a stimulating environment and excellent facilities and resources. Work in the Psychology of Language Department focusses on the cognitive processes underlying language use. 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. The department also benefits from close connection to the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour at Radboud University. Cross-departmental projects and interdisciplinary work are strongly encouraged. For further details of our research, please see our website:

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

To apply, please visit the application link provided below.

Applications Deadline: 15-Apr-2021

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Thy Mathu

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