IMPRS PhD positions
The IMPRS for Language Sciences is now advertising four PhD positions in the following departments:
The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) and two research institutes based at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities (from genetics labs, brain imaging machines, psychology labs to supported fieldwork opportunities) and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment.
The PhD positions are, in the normal case, three years in length. PhD recipients will receive a monthly salary sufficient to cover living costs in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Applicants must have a Masters degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2014) in a relevant field. The working language of the research school is English.
Only applications prepared according to the below guidelines will be considered. Please email your application as one PDF document including the following information:
1. Curriculum vitae. Include:
- Relevant work and educational background
- Details about your Masters degree, including name of supervisors, date of completion, title of thesis and a brief description of your topic, and any grades you received for relevant coursework
- Details about any relevant technical or research skills set and proficiency. This may include information on programming, statistics, mathematical knowledge, experimental design/methods, neuroimaging, practical phonetics, corpus methods, fieldwork, etc.
2. Research proposal that should be linked to the overall research profile of one or more of the departments. On a single page, please provide:
- Title of your project (maximally 10 words)
- The research department(s) to which your proposal would fit
- Research question (one sentence, maximally 20 words)
- Theoretical motivation of the proposed research (why is your question interesting?)
- Suggested empirical approach (which method(s) will you employ?)
Please note that the details of the research projects, should you be offered a post, will, of course have to be agreed with your supervisor. We ask for a research statement to get a first impression of your interests.
3. Personal statement. On half a page, please explain
- why you are keen to join the IMPRS
- which transferable skills you would hope to acquire.
- The IMPRS is an active community, where PhD students take part in enrichment and training and help organize activities for the research school. If you were awarded a PhD position (a) whom would you like to invite as a guest speaker? (b) what kind of activities would you propose to enhance learning and communication in the IMPRS?
4. References. Please provide:
5. Proof of English-language proficiency. Non-native speakers of English must provide an electronic copy/scan of TOEFL/Cambridge/IELTS certificate or equivalent. This may be submitted within three months after the application deadline.
Please send your application and any queries by email with the subject "IMPRS application" to email@example.com. In your email, please specify how you heard about the IMPRS for Language Sciences.
Start dates for the positions will be 1 September 2014.
For more information about the IMPRS for Language Sciences, please visit our website: www.mpi.nl/education/imprs-for-language-sciences