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2 Postdoctoral Positions at Max Planck – Psycholinguistics, Netherlands, Nov 2021

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

The Netherlands

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Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics invites applications for Postdoctoral positions to work on speaking and listening in conversation, Psychology of Language Department, the Netherlands – Nov 2021

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Position
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: November 1, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: Mar 01, 2022
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 51,797 EURO/Year

MPI for Psycholinguistics
Department Psychology of Language
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

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Qualification Details

  • The successful applicant holds a PhD qualification in Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, or a related field.
  • Their PhD and/or postdoc project concerned a topic in psycholinguistics, memory, or attention.
  • They have outstanding skills in experimental design and state-of-the art statistical analyses. EEG, fMRI or MEG experience would be highly desirable.
  • They have demonstrable experience in mentoring students.
  • They have strong organizational and writing skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Much of experimental psycholinguistics has studied how individuals carry out tasks such as picture naming or lexical decision in the lab. But language use in everyday life is different. Most of it occurs in conversation, where speakers may or may not know each other, have common and individual goals, and coordinate their utterances, more or less successfully, in time and content to achieve these goals. The work of the Postdoctoral Researchers will contribute to a better understanding of the cognitive processes occurring when individuals speak in conversation. This will involve innovative neurobiological, computational and behavioural work involving individuals as well as pairs or larger groups of interacting speakers. The choice of project is flexible and specifics will be discussed further at interview.

Successful applicants are expected to take the lead in designing the experiments, supervising the laboratory work, performing the analyses, writing up findings for publication, and giving presentations at international conferences.

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Documents Required

Applications in .pdf document should include:

  1. 2-page statement of interest, including motivation for applying and specific explanation of how the applicant’s skills fit the requirements of the position
  2. CV
  3. list of publications
  4. the names, email addresses and contact numbers of at least two referees who would be willing to provide letters of recommendation

To apply please use our application portal here.

About the Department

The project will be embedded in the Psychology of Language Department, but collaborations with other departments are strongly encouraged. More information about the research in the department can be found here:

About the Employer: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Conditions of Employment

  • The positions are available from March 2022.
  • The term of appointment is minimally 2 and maximally 5 years.
  • The salary is according to the German salary scale TVöD (starting salary €51,797 - €60,721 p.a., for full-time employment).
  • All research staff have access to cutting-edge research and training facilities and technical infrastructure, as well as a generous conference and travel budget.

More Information

The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is a research institute entirely devoted to the study of language. Our goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types. We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer. We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We therefore welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief, or sexual orientation (

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