Part-time Student Assistant, Population Genetics of Human Communication

Student Assistant
Language and Genetics

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is offering a part-time student assistant position in the Population Genetics of Human Communication research group. The host research group, led by Dr Beate St Pourcain, investigates the genetic basis of social communication, language and interaction in large population-based and clinical cohorts and is embedded in the Language & Genetics Department at the MPI.

Job description

The work will involve data download, management of data sets, preparing data access requests, annual reports and individual study reports. The successful applicant will support the management of large data sets held within the PGHC group and, more widely, the Language & Genetics department. This will involve data download, quality control and management of data sets, especially for genetic and phenotypic data, as well as the harmonization of data structures across multiple cohorts. This provides an exciting opportunity to become acquainted with large omics data and R/shell programming. The successful candidate will also help to prepare data access requests, annual reports and individual study reports in support of an open science policy. The position is available from September 1, 2022. 


Applicants do not need any prior experience. English reading and writing skills are essential as well as good organizing skills with an eye for detail. Familiarity with Linux and Windows computing systems is an advantage. 

The position is available starting September 1, 2022 and will be part-time for 16 hours per week, 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.

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.


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.

Applications will be viewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.
Please submit your application directly in our application portal via this link here.

Should you require more information about this position, please contact Dr. Beate St Pourcain (Beate.StPourcain [at] or Dr. Ellen Verhoef (Ellen.Verhoef [at] 


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