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Student Assistant Position in the Language Development Department

We are seeking a Student Assistant to work on the transcription and coding of naturalistic data from conversations between English-speaking children (aged 1-3 years) and their parents.

You will be based at the new Language Development Department at the MPI in Nijmegen, but will work on data from the Language05 Project in the UK:

You will be responsible for transcription and coding data in both ELAN ( and in the CHILDES CHAT system (

We are looking for applicants who:
•    Are native or near-native speakers of English, capable of understanding the speech of 1- to 3-year-old English-speaking children
•    Are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in language/psychology or a related discipline
•    Have experience of transcribing and/or coding naturalistic data
•    Have excellent attention to detail and organisational skills
In addition, experience of coding gestures and experience of using ELAN and/or CLAN will be an advantage. However, extensive training will be provided.

The hourly payment is 11,29 Euro (9,71 Euro without a Bachelor’s degree), and the appointment will be for between 12 and 19 hours per week for one year. Employment will commence 15th January 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30th November 2016. Interviews will be planned for week 49, December 5-9th, 2016.  Interviews will include a short transcription accuracy test.

The MPI in Nijmegen is one of the leading research institutes in the world, with a highly stimulating environment, excellent facilities and resources. It is the only institution devoted to the question of how we acquire, produce and understand language, and its investigations are highly multidisciplinary, uniting anthropology, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and genetics.

The goal of the new Language Development Department is to discover how children learn language in the first few years of life.  The Department’s Child Research Centre features state-of-the art facilities and is a highly collaborative environment. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

Application procedure
Please send the following documents in a single pdf file by e-mail to:

(i)    a brief cover letter highlighting qualifications and motivation
(ii)    a current CV, listing relevant experience
(iii)    a copy of your current University transcript

Should you require more information about the position, please contact Nanjo Bogdanowicz via

Last checked 2017-04-26 by Nanjo Bogdanowicz
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The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The 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.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.


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