We are looking for a full-time PhD candidate to join the newly-founded Minerva Fast Track Group ‘The Communicative Brain’, led by Linda Drijvers, at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. The Communicative Brain group is embedded in the Neurobiology of Language department of the MPI for Psycholinguistics.
The PhD project will investigate the neurobiological basis of multimodal language comprehension and production in interactive, face-to-face communication. Specifically, you will investigate whether and how oscillatory neural activity plays a mechanistic role in integrating auditory and visual signals within and between conversational partners, and whether behavioural and neural synchronization are important for (successful) communication. These questions will be addressed by using new cutting-edge techniques, including dual-EEG, MEG, rapid invisible frequency tagging, and detailed behavioural analyses of auditory and visual signals in interactive contexts.
What we expect from you
What we have to offer
The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years (starting gross salary is €2,569 per month). The institute provides fully equipped research facilities, technical support, as well as a conference and travel budget. PhD students participate in the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, which involves core and individually chosen coursework to complement the PhD research and training in soft skills such as writing and presentation. You are entitled to 30 holiday days per year (on the basis of fulltime employment), as well as Dutch and German institute holidays.
Work environment / employer
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. Cross-departmental projects and interdisciplinary work are strongly encouraged.
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. Applications from under-represented minorities, women, and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged.
Applications should include:
Electronic applications should be sent to Carolin Lorenz (carolin.lorenz [at] mpi.nl). For questions and informal enquiries, contact Dr. Linda Drijvers (linda.drijvers [at] mpi.nl)
The deadline for applications is October 26, 2020 and Skype interviews will be held early November. The start date of this position is January 1st, 2021.