Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

Research Assistant Position in Nederlandse Gebarentaal at Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands 2022

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Research Assistant Position in Nederlandse Gebarentaal is available for master’s degree candidates in at the Language Development Department, Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands 2022

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General Info

Position: Student Assistant
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: Euro 3.230,42 and Euro 3.619,82 gross per month

Language Development Department

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • Excellent fluency in Nederlandse Gebarentaal. You must be good enough to converse fluently with parents and young children
  • Good spoken and written English
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. For the Student Assistant position, you should be currently enrolled in a degree program. For the Research Assistant position, you must be a graduate of a Bachelor’s or Master’s program.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Flexible availability (e.g. the ability to work some Saturdays and evenings)
  • Experience running experimental or observational studies with adults and/or children is an advantage but not required

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Language Development Department is offering a position for a Student or Research Assistant who is fluent in Nederlandse Gebarentaal (Dutch sign language). Start date is negotiable (Summer / Autumn 2022).

Job description

The Assistant will help with one of the Department’s projects on how children learn spoken and signed languages.  They will assist with testing children and adults in experimental tasks, and with coding language and communicative behaviour. The position would suit a student or graduate with an interest in a career in research in language, cognitive science, education and/or cognitive neuroscience.


  • Assist with creating and conducting lab-based studies with babies, children and/or adults
  • Coding, transcribing and analyzing experimental data
  • Assist with everyday lab business (e.g., recruitment)

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Applications should include:

  1. CV
  2. A motivation letter
  3. Names and email addresses of two referees.

The deadline for applications is May 6th, 2022. Please submit your application directly via our application portal here.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Max Planck Institute (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 also work closely with other child development researchers as part of the Baby and Child Research Centre. Staff and students at the MPI have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities (including audio-visual equipment, EEG, fMRI, eye tracking, virtual reality labs, molecular biology labs and a child-friendly child development lab).

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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  • For six months initially, but with the possibility of extension after a 6-month review
  • For the Student Assistant position:
    • Between 10 and 19 hours per week (set according to the student’s study schedule)
    • The hourly rate is Euro 12,68  (Euro 10,91 without a Bachelor's degree)
  • For the Research Assistant position:
    • Full-time position (39 hours per week) with a term of appointment of 6 months initially, with the possibility of an extension of another 6 months. Part-time/job share applications also welcome.
    • The salary is according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and is classified in salary group E09b (depending on experience of the applicant between Euro 3.230,42 and Euro 3.619,82 gross per month based on a full-time employment)

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