Open part-time student assistant position

Student assistant needed in Neurogenetics bat2

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is offering a part-time position in the innovative field of Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication.
A part-time student assistant is sought to join the group of Sonja Vernes within the Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication Group (, investigating the genetic underpinnings of language and communication. The position will be a support role mainly performing histology in the brain of bats and other species, as well as some imaging and database entry/management. 

Full training will be provided and cover a range of histological techniques;

  • Cryotome sectioning
  • Microtome sectioning
  • In-situ hybridization
  • Paraffin immunohistochemistry


Very good manual dexterity is needed for these techniques but applicants do not need prior professional experience. Some practical lab experience in histology would be an advantage but not necessary as all training is provided. People with histological expertise are highly sought after when applying for jobs in science, thus this position offers an excellent opportunity for career development.

The position is available from May with flexibility on start date. The position will be part time – between ~8-15 hours per week. The number of hours and the days/hours of work are very flexible so they can be set according to your study schedule. 

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student and preference will be given to candidates who will continue to be enrolled for at least 1 year. We particularly encourage applicants at an early stage of their degree (Bachelors or Masters) who would like a flexible but stable part time position.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter describing your interest in the position  
  2. a current CV
  3. the names and email addresses of two referees (or letters of reference)


Please send your application to:
Ms. Ina Grevel (Secretary to Dr. S Vernes) via e-mail:  ina.grevel [at]                

Should you require more information about the positions, please contact us at the above email address. Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until the position is filled. 


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