Executive secretary (‘free floating secretary’)

We are looking for an experienced assistant to support several Research Groups at the Institute on a full time basis. There are a few of these separate groups each consisting of about 5 people, next to the larger Research Departments. They consist of research scientists from all over the world. English is the main language used at our institute, next to Dutch and German.

Our ideal candidate is highly motivated, accurate, reliable, intelligent, open-minded and flexible. (S)he has a talent for organisation and communication and is equally able to work in a team or independently.



The work package includes the following tasks:

  • Calendar management
  • Travel booking and administration
  • Support recruitment of new department members
  • Organise meetings and workshops
  • Support (e.g. correspondence, publications, CV and personal website updates)
  • Introduction of new group members
  • Maintain Group website
  • Office and workspace organisation



  • Relevant vocational training and long-term professional experience
  • (Nearly) native command of the Dutch and English language, both orally and in writing
  • Good command of the German language
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent organisational and social skills
  • Very experienced with Microsoft Office Tools


Conditions of employment

  • Position available from January 2020, though start date is negotiable
  • Full-time position (39 hours per week) with a term of appointment of 1 year
  • The salary is according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and is classified in salary group 9a (depending on the experience of the applicant between EUR 2.952,16 and EUR 3.877,90 gross per month, based on full-time employment
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance
  • Pension scheme
  • Thirty days of leave per year (full-time employment)


Application procedure

Please send the following documents in a single pdf file by January 1, 2020 at the latest by e-mail to Karen Malta (Karen.Malta@malta-online.nl):

i.          A motivation letter in English

ii.         A CV

iii.        The names and contact details of two referees.

The job interviews will be held in English.



The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is the only research institute in the world entirely devoted to psycholinguistics – the study of how we produce and understand language, and how we acquire these skills as first or second language learners. 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 Centre for Language Studies of the Radboud University. We are part of the Max Planck Society, an association of fundamental research institutes funded by the German government. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer. For more information: www.mpi.nl



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