Part-time Student Assistant, Molecular/Cellular Biology

Student Assistant
Language and Genetics

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is offering a part-time student assistant position in the laboratory of the Language and Genetics department. The department is led by Simon Fisher, co-discoverer of FOXP2, the first gene to be implicated in a speech and language disorder.

We adopt the latest innovations in molecular methods to discover how your genome helps you speak, identifying genes that are important for development of speech, language, reading and social communication, and using those genes as windows into the key neural pathways, as well as investigating evolutionary foundations. 

The position will be a support role assisting functional characterisation of human stem cell-derived brain organoids and database entry/management. For more information about the research we perform at the Language and Genetics department, visit:, under the relevant theme “Bridging molecules, cells, circuits, and behaviour”.

Job description

The student assistant will mainly perform slicing of human stem cell-derived brain organoids, immunostaining, microscopy, PCR and database entry/management.  

Full training will be provided and cover a range of molecular biological and histological techniques:

  • Cryosectioning
  • Immunostaining
  • High-throughput microscopy
  • Image pre-processing
  • PCR and gel electrophoresis
  • Sanger sequencing sample preparation
  • Sample cataloguing


Very good manual dexterity and attention to detail is needed for these techniques. Clear and professional communication skills in both spoken and written English is required. Good organization and record keeping is essential. Knowledge of basics of biology/biomedical sciences/life sciences/genetics is required. Some practical laboratory experience in molecular or cellular biology would be preferable. This position offers an excellent opportunity for candidates seeking a career in science to gain experience in performing cutting-edge molecular/cellular research in a stimulating working environment.

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student and preference will be given to candidates who will continue to be enrolled for at least 12 months. We particularly encourage applicants at an early stage of their degree (Bachelors or Masters) who would like a flexible but stable part time position.

Conditions of employment

The position is available starting September 1, 2022 with some flexibility on the start date. The position will be part time – approximately 10-16 hours per week, negotiable, at an hourly rate of Euro 10,91 (undergraduate) or Euro 12,68 (with Bachelor degree). The contract will be initially for 6 months, with a possibility of extension.


The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is a world-leading research institute devoted to interdisciplinary studies of the science of language and communication, including departments on genetics, psychology, development and neurobiology of these fundamental human abilities. The Institute is 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. Situated on the campus of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, we are the only Max Planck Institute to be located in the Netherlands. Our Institute places a strong emphasis on supporting career development and achieving a manageable work-life balance for all employees.

The MPI for Psycholinguistics recognizes the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We are committed to redressing systemic problems with diversity in science, and therefore welcome applications from individuals from minority groups and from groups that are otherwise under-represented.

How to apply

Applications should include:

  1. CV
  2. A motivation letter
  3. Name and email address of one referee (or letter of reference), or a grade list.

The deadline for applications is May 22, 2022. Please submit your application directly in our application portal via this link here.

Should you require more information about this position, please contact Dr. Maggie Wong: maggie.wong [at]

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