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Documentary linguist with programming skills – Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands, 2022

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The Language Archive at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is looking for a documentary linguist with programming skills at the Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Position: Documentary linguist
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 1 - 2 Years
Salary: 3.622,16 and 4.526,02 Euro/Month

MPI for Psycholinguistics

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • A master or PhD degree in a relevant field (e.g. linguistics, anthropology)
  • Experience with the documentation of endangered languages
  • Experience with the archiving of language data
  • Programming skills in a scripting language (e.g. Python)
  • Affinity with a UNIX/Linux command line environment
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English

Responsibilities/Job Description

For a two-year project entitled “Collection replication for enhanced re-usability and preservation planning. A case study with the DobeS Archive”, we are looking for a colleague who has affinity with the documentation of endangered languages, the archiving of language data, as well as programming in a scripting language such as Python.

The goal of the project is to create an accessible copy of the DobeS endangered languages documentation collections at the Institute of the German Language (IDS) in Mannheim, which is part of the Text+ infrastructure in Germany. This additional copy will strengthen the long-term preservation strategy of these collections and at the same time broaden its potential user base. The successful candidate will contribute to solving technical, organizational and legal challenges that the creation and continuous synchronization of such a copy poses.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

  • A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply and detailing how you fit the requirements above;
  • A current CV, listing relevant experience;
  • The names and contact details of two referees.

About the Department/Section/Group

The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands is the only research institute in the world 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.

The Language Archive maintains one of the largest collections of spoken and signed languages from around the world, part of which is recognized as UNESCO Memory of the World. Its goal is to preserve these materials for future generations as well as to make them available now and in the future.

The MPI for Psycholinguistics is 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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Note or Other details

  • an employment contract between 0.5 and 1.0 FTE (19.5 – 39 hours per week)
  • contract duration between 1 and 2 years (depending on FTE percentage and salary scale)
  • salary based on education and work experience according to the German TVöD (between EUR 3.622,16 and EUR 4.526,02 gross per month for a full-time position)
  • 8 % holiday allowance
  • 30 days of annual leave, plus Dutch and German public holidays off
  • an inspiring workplace with a very international atmosphere
  • starting date to be negotiated, preferably before September 1st 2022

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Contact details

For more information about this vacancy please contact [email protected]

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