Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

Postdoctoral Position in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language at Max Planck, Netherlands Mar 2022

The Netherlands

Post-doctoral research position in the area of cognitive neuroscience of language to perform a range of neuroimaging experiments, perform data analysis as well as devise and implement computational models, for applicants with a Ph.D. is available at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands-March 2022.

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General Info

Position: Post-doctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2.5 Years ( Extension of 1 Year)
Salary: EUR 4,187.45 - EUR 5,329.90 (per month)

Language and Computation in Neural Systems

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • PhD in a relevant field (e.g., cognitive neuroscience of language, experimental psychology, computational cognitive science of language, psycholinguistics).
  • You must have good computational skills and proven experience in this area (e.g. during PhD or other training). Experience with neural oscillations, cognitive computational neuroscience, or the cognitive neuroscience of language is highly desirable.
  • Enthusiasm for the work and the subject area (i.e., language, structured representations, neural oscillations, symbolic-connectionism).
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Experience supervising students at any level would be advantageous.
  • We encourage early career stage researchers and recent graduates to apply.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are looking for a staff scientist at the post-doctoral level to join the Language and Computation in Neural Systems Group led by Dr. Andrea E. Martin. We are a dynamic lab investigating the representation and processing of spoken language from theory-driven perspective that is informed by advanced techniques in the cognitive, computational, and neuro- sciences. We are based at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. More information about us and the work we publish can be found on our website:, and

Job description:

  • You will be responsible for directing, planning, and executing project(s) investigating the processing of spoken language comprehension using magnetoencephalography (MEG), contemporary data analysis techniques, and computational models.
  • You will perform a range of neuroimaging experiments, as well as devise and implement computational models, perform data analysis, and write papers in collaboration with the group leader.
  • This position also involves supervision and mentoring of junior researchers (e.g., PhD students, masters students, and interns).
  • You will have the opportunity to publish first author papers, contribute to related projects as a co-author and present your work at international conferences and institutions.
  • This is an outstanding opportunity to develop your research skills and ask exciting scientific questions to drive forward your own research project(s) in this new area of research using cutting edge approaches.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Applications must be in English and include:

  • a brief cover letter (max 2 pages)
  • an up to date CV
  •  the names and email addresses of two referees

Use the subject line: LaCNS Post-doctoral application - 2022

About the Department

The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen 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.  We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, 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 Institute for Psycholinguistics recognizes the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We are committed to redressing systemic problems with diversity in science, and therefore welcome applications from individuals from minority groups and from groups that are otherwise under-represented.For further details please visit our website:

About the Employer:


  • Exciting research environment addressing cutting edge questions with interdisciplinary colleagues and collaborators (both local and international).
  • State of the art laboratory and computing facilities, excellent resources, infrastructure and offices.
  • Excellent mentoring, training and career development support and opportunities. Including local support and funding to attend external conferences and training courses when needed.
  • The salary is according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and is classified in salary group E13 (depending on the experience of the applicant between EUR 4,187.45 and EUR 5,329.90 gross per month, based on a full time employment).
  • Full time position (1.0 FTE), 39 hours per week (lower FTE will be considered if desired by candidate).
  • Desired start date is April or May 2022, and term of appointment is minimally 2.5 years with a possible 1 year extension dependent upon evaluation and group funding.
  • Great location – Nijmegen offers high quality of life. Relocation packages may be possible for suitable candidates.

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Contact details

You can send enquiries about the position to Lianne Peters (secretary to Dr. A.E.Martin) at [email protected]

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