2 PhD students in Comparative bioacoustics, seal vocal development, evolution of speech, and/or music cognition
4-years full time
(Starting salary: € 33,305 p.a.)
The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, is offering two fully-funded PhD student positions in comparative bioacoustics/seal pup vocal development/evolution of speech/music cognition within the newly established Comparative Bioacoustics Group. The host research group, led by Dr. Andrea Ravignani, investigates the evolutionary bases of speech and music, mostly performing (non-invasive) cross-species behavioral research in seals, humans, and other mammals. The group has an international spirit and is open to diverse perspectives and approaches.
The PhD projects will investigate the cognitive, evolutionary and neurobiological bases of speech and musical rhythm in humans, seals and other animals. Research will focus on one, or span several, of the 5 research lines in the Comparative Bioacoustics Group (see here for details).
Research lines and questions pursued by the doctoral candidate include:
These research strands will be pursued with a wide range of methods including (but not limited to) sound recordings, behavioral methods, neuroimaging, neuroanatomy, EEG, vocal tract anatomy, spirometry, and computational modeling, depending on the nature of the project and the candidate's interest.
Potential day-to-day activities for the doctoral candidate include:
The successful applicant will have as many of the following:
What we offer
The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years (starting gross salary is 2,569 per month). The institute and research group provide fully equipped research facilities, technical support, as well as a conference and travel budget. PhD students can be involved in the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, which offers core and individually chosen coursework to complement the PhD research and training in soft skills such as writing and presentation.
The MPI in Nijmegen is an internationally leading research institute studying how our minds and brains process language including their underlying genetic architectures and similarities with other animals. The institute has a multidisciplinary stimulating research environment, excellent facilities and computing resources. 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 Human Genetics Department of Radboud University Medical Centre. Nijmegen is a young, diverse and student-friendly city. 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. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.
Please send the following documents in a single pdf file by e-mail to Lianne Peters (Secretary, Comparative Bioacoustics Group: lianne.peters [at] mpi.nl), with subject ‘PhD positions CBA group: application’. Please indicate whether we can keep your application details and personal information for up to 2 years, in the event that future positions at the MPI arise. Receipt will be acknowledged
For informal scientific enquiries, please send an email to Andrea Ravignani, leader of the Comparative Bioacoustics Group (Andrea.Ravignani [at] mpi.nl) with subject ‘PhD positions CBA group: scientific enquiry’. For general enquiries, please send an email to Lianne Peters (lianne.peters [at] mpi.nl) with subject ‘PhD positions CBA group: general enquiry’. Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in a skype interview and site visit to the institute. The job interview will be held in English.
Applications will be reviewed from August 24th 2020 onwards until the positions have been filled. The starting date is negotiable and should be between October 2020 and March 2021.