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Fully Funded PhD Fellowship in Language Development

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics - Department of Language Development

FULLY-FUNDED 4-YEAR PHD FELLOWSHIP 

The causes and consequences of individual differences in language learning in early childhood.

Job description

We invite applications for a 4-year fully-funded PhD Fellowship based at the Language Development Department of the MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

You will conduct a project on sociogenomics (behavioral genetics) and language development. The project seeks to understand the causes and consequences of individual differences in language learning in early childhood. This is done by applying concepts derived from the Familial Control Method (van Bergen et al., 2017Hart, Little, van Bergen, 2021) applied to a population of Dutch-acquiring children and respective family members.

The project team are: Prof Caroline Rowland (MPI for Psycholinguistics), Dr Sergio Miguel Pereira Soares (MPI for Psycholinguistics), Dr Elsje van Bergen (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) and Dr. Hans Fredrik Sunde (Norwegian Institute of Public Health).

You will also be encouraged to set up collaborations with members of the Language and Genetics Department here at MPI and/or work on data from existing cohorts to which we have access, such as that from The Netherlands Twin Register, and the YOUth Cohort Study 

Requirements 

Essential

  • A Masters’ degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Genetics, Psychology, Biology, (Cognitive) Neuroscience, Cognitive & Behavioural Science). Students who expect to have received their Master’s degree by summer 2024 are welcome to apply.
  • A keen interest in the role of genetics and the environment in human development.
  • Some experience in, and aptitude for, complex statistical modelling.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of Dutch is not required but is an advantage. 

Desirable

  • Some experiences in conducting analyses with developmental data.
  • An explicit interest in, and commitment to, Open Science. 

What we offer you

  • The position is intended to begin in Sep-Oct 2024; start date is negotiable but the candidate should be in place by end of 2024.
  • Full-time position (39 hours per week) for 4 years.
  • Starting gross monthly salary is approx. €3,008 based on full-time employment, as determined according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst).
  • 30 holidays per year, based on full-time employment; in addition, we honour both Dutch and German public holidays.
  • Enrolment in a personal pension scheme to which both employer and employee pay a monthly contribution.
  • Access to state-of-the art research and training facilities and a generous conference and travel budget. 
  • Educational training programme provided by the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences.
  • Doctoral degree conferred by Radboud University, our partner university. 

Application procedure

The deadline for applications is midnight (CET) on Thursday February 22nd, 2024. Please submit your application directly on our recruitment portal.

Interviews will be held in the weeks beginning Monday 25th March and Monday 1st April. Please let us know, in your cover letter, your availability during these weeks (via Zoom).

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Caroline Rowland at caroline.rowland@mpi.nl

Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter (no more than 2 pages) outlining your motivation to apply and detailing how you fit the requirements above
  2. A current CV that includes details of education, relevant work and/or voluntary experience and language(s) proficiency. To facilitate a bias-free hiring process, please do not include a photo or details of gender, age or marital status
  3. A summary of courses and grades achieved from relevant Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees
  4. The names and contact details of two referees (referees will not be contacted unless you are invited to interview) 

The employer 

About our institute

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is a world-leading research institute devoted to interdisciplinary studies of the science of language and communication, including departments on genetics, psychology, development, neurobiology and multimodality of these fundamental human abilities.
We investigate how children and adults acquire their language(s), how speaking and listening happen in real time, how the brain processes language, how the human genome contributes to building a language-ready brain, how multiple modalities (as in speech, gesture and sign) shape language and its use in diverse languages and how language is related to cognition and culture, and shaped by evolution.
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 and inclusion, promote equity and challenge discrimination. We aim to provide a working environment with room for differences, where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Therefore, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

Our institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University and has 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 & Child Research Center.
Staff and students at the MPI have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities. 

About the Language Development Department

The research of the Language Development Department focuses on how children learn to communicate with language, how the developing brain supports this process, and how it is affected by cross-linguistic, cultural and individual variation. Research broadly falls into three themes, though many projects address multiple themes:

  • Language in the brain: studies focus on the nature and function of the brain’s learning and processing mechanisms.
  • Languages across the world: studies focus on the role of the multimodal environment and its effects on acquisition across languages and cultures.
  • Language over development: studies focus on mapping and explaining the trajectory of language development, acknowledging that developmental systems are characterised by constant and dynamic change.

In addition, the department’s Innovations team produces methodological primers, web- and app-based assessment tools, and pipelines for the semi-automatic analysis of day-long recordings. 

About our graduate school

The International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and two research institutes based at Radboud University - the Centre for Language Studies and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. The graduate school serves to bring together outstanding doctoral students from diverse disciplines in the language sciences on campus, and offer them high-quality training in an environment that both broadens their interdisciplinary experience and prepares them for fulfilling careers in the language sciences. Our education and training programme involves both core and individually chosen coursework to complement the PhD research, and training in soft skills such as writing and presentation. 

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nijmegen - Netherlands
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: €3,008 +
£2,616.35 + converted salary* gross monthly
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 30th January 2024
Closes: 22nd February 2024
   
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