Lab rotation

Language Development

A lab rotation position is available immediately at the Language Development Department.

Lab rotation description

We offer a lab rotation position for students interested in studying how children learn to talk. During the lab rotation you can ‘shadow’ some of our researchers while they run experiments (different methods), join meetings of our department and lectures/colloquia at the MPI, you can help with general tasks for the Baby & Child Research Center (of which our department is part of), and we have several other tasks you could help with.

For example here is a description of how you can help with our CDI project:

Although babies and young toddlers know a lot about talking, we researchers can’t ask them questions about what they know. This is why we ask their parents. Parents know more about their children’s language than any test in the lab could ever reveal. In this project, you will help us digitise data from Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs) that have been filled in by Dutch parents of children between 8 and 30 months of age. CDIs are parent report instruments where parents tick off words their children understand and say, the gestures their children use and the sentences their children can say. We will then use this information to draw up a picture of children’s early language development across the country. This will have a big impact on our knowledge of development as well as enabling health and education professionals to pick up on problems more easily in the future by comparing a child’s progress against national averages.


  • Good fluency in spoken English
  • A relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s study (e.g. Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Science or a related discipline)


Time investment

  • Necessary training will be provided
  • Time investment depends mainly on the requirements of your University
  • The lab rotation will contribute towards your degree (unfortunately, the MPI cannot contribute to travel or living expenses)



The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is the only research institute in the world 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 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.

Application procedure

Please send the following documents in a single pdf file by November 30th 2019 at the latest by e-mail to Nanjo Bogdanowicz at []:

  1. A current CV;
  2. A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply;
  3. Details of your University’s internship requirements (including required time investment and the name of the lab rotation coordinator).

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

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