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Research assistant position in Psychology, Psycholinguistic – Max planck institute, Netherlands

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

We are looking for a research assistant to support our scientists in setting up online and in-house experiments and analyzing the data collected, at Max planck institute, in the Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Position: Research assistant
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: Feb 01, 2022
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: 3.173,30 to 3.555,82 Euro/Month

MPI for Psycholinguistics
MPI for Psycholinguistics
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field;
  • An interest in psychology and psycholinguistic;
  • Good understanding of experimental design and data analysis;
  • Programming experience in Python, JavaScript or R;
  • Basic understanding of XML markup language, html, CSS and the GIT version control system;
  • The ability to bridge the gap between psychology and psycholinguistic science and technological implementation, both in communication and in practice;
  • The ability to work independently and, following a training period, with minimal help and guidance;
  • Good English language skills, both written and spoken.

Responsibilities/Job Description

At the MPI there are various software and hardware systems for defining and carrying out experiments. One system is called Frinex, which stands for Framework for Interactive Experiments and is developed at our Institute. It allows researchers in experimental psychology, language science and cognitive science to create online experiments. Frinex can be used to create experiments such as sentence rating and picture naming tasks, as well as studies featuring interaction between participants over the internet. Experiments created in Frinex can be run on desktop, mobile and tablet using a variety of web browsers or as native mobile apps. Experiments in Frinex are defined at the lowest level in XML configuration files. In the future, Frinex will be extended by a template system based on JSON configuration files. The Frinex server is organized using GIT. The research assistant will primarily support researchers using Frinex, but may also be asked to support work using related applications in, for instance, EEG or eye tracking experiments.

Results of a Frinex experiment are stored in a database, which can be read out and further processed with tools such as R or Python.

Basic scientific research means that experimental set-ups often have to be changed, depending on the pilot set-up or the initial results of a test series. Flexibility and interest in iterative, agile working methods must be present.

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Documents Required

Please submit your application directly via this link on our recruitment portal.

The Application should include:

  • A letter of motivation (English);
  • A current CV, listing relevant experience;
  • At least one reference letter.

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 Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior 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 recognize 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, color, religion, belief, or sexual orientation (

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Note or Other details

  • The position is available from 1 February 2022, though start date is negotiable.
  • This position is for at least 20 hours a week;
  • The initial position will be for one year with a possibility for an extension.
  • Depending on the experience of the applicant, the salary will be within the range of EUR 3.173,30 and EUR 3.555,82 gross per month (excluding 8% holiday allowance), based on a full-time employment (39 hours per week).
  • An allowance of 30 days annual leave (based on a full-time employment) and the German as well as the Dutch public holidays.

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