Java Developer

Multimodal Language Department

The Multimodal Language Department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is offering a Java Developer position.

Job description

We are seeking an experienced Java developer to join our team of software developers to further develop and maintain and extend the desktop application ELAN.

ELAN is an application for annotation of audio and video recordings. It is not only used within the MPI but is applied worldwide in research projects in (mainly) linguistics. It is being developed in the context of The Language Archive, the archive of the MPI comprising a huge and comprehensive set of data resulting from linguistic research. The archive and ELAN can be found here:

ELAN has a history of almost 20 years with on average 3 to 4 updates per year. During that time, it has grown into a fairly large independent application with only a limited level of modularity.

The new developer will primarily focus on necessary extensions that will enable ELAN to connect to and interoperate with relevant local and online platforms for automatic recognition of various types of events in video recordings. Smooth integration of results must be designed and implemented.

The ideal candidate will both have an interest in developing desktop applications with a graphical user interface, and in web technology, including the client side of it. Functional demands will be translated into working, user friendly application components, often in close collaboration with users of the software. The successful candidate will enjoy contributing to the design and implementation of a new, modular architecture for existing and new functionality and to do so in a research environment with many international colleagues.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience as Java developer, experience with Swing.
  • Good knowledge of Java SE Platform and Java Platform Module System.
  • Good English language skills, both written and spoken.


The following would also be advantageous:

  • Experience with Maven, Eclipse and XML/XSLT.
  • Experience in developing applications that interact with web services.
  • Experience in developing applications for audiovisual media.
  • Experience with JavaScript.
  • Knowledge of cloud solutions.
  • Experience with supporting users.


Conditions of employment

  • Position available from July 1st, 2023, though start date is negotiable.
  • Full-time position (39 hours per week, part-time negotiable), with a term of appointment of 5 years.
  • The salary is in accordance with the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and will be, depending on the experience of the applicant, within the range of EUR 3,622.16 and EUR 4,597.79 gross per month (excluding 8% holiday allowance), based on a full-time employment.


Application procedure

The deadline for applications is midnight (CEST) on June 15th, 2023. Please submit your application directly via this link on our recruitment portal.


Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply and detailing how you fit the requirements above.
  2. A current CV, listing relevant experience.
  3. The names and contact details of two referees.


Your application can be written in either English or Dutch but please note that the job interview will be held in English.

For more information about the Multimodal Language Department, and the role of the Developer within the Multimodal Language team, please contact the Scientific Director of the Department: Asli Özyürek (Asli.Ozyurek [at]

For technical questions about the skills and experience needed for the post, please contact the Head of the MPI’s Technical Group: Reiner Dirksmeyer (Reiner.Dirksmeyer [at]



The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is a research institute entirely devoted to the study of language. Our 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. 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 at Radboud University. We also work closely with other child development researchers as part of the Baby and Child Research Center. Staff and students at the MPI have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities (including audiovisual equipment, EEG, fMRI, eye tracking, virtual reality labs, molecular biology labs and a child-friendly child development lab).

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, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We therefore welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief, or sexual orientation (

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