Research Assistant Position

Research Assistant
Language Development

The Language Development Department is offering a full-time Research Assistant position from June 1st, 2023.

Full-time (part-time/job share applications also welcome)

We are seeking a research assistant to help with the Department’s research on how children learn to use and understand language. The assistants will help to coordinate, and will assist with, lab-based stidies with children and adults, and with coding language and communicative behaviour in caregiver-child interactions. The position would suit a graduate with an interest in a career in research on language or child development, teaching, or child-focussed clinical work.


  • Creating and pre-testing stimulus materials
  • Scheduling participants and running lab-based studies with infants, children and/or adults
  • Coding and transcribing observational and experimental data
  • Data processing and data analyses
  • Assisting with everyday lab business (e.g. recruitment)




  • Good fluency in spoken and written Dutch and English
  • A relevant Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree (e.g. Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or a related discipline)
  • Excellent attention to detail and organisational skills
  • Flexible availability (e.g. willingness to work some Saturdays)


  • Experience with leading and/or running experimental or observational studies with adults and/or children, preferably on topics related to language
  • Experience with the use of PRAAT and/or ELAN (however, training will be provided for all tasks)


Conditions of employment

  • Position available from 1st June 2023, though start date is negotiable
  • Term of appointment of 6 months initially, with the possibility of extension
  • Full-time position (39 hours per week), part-time/job share applications also welcome
  • The salary is in accordance with the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and is classified in salary group E09b. Depending on the experience of the applicant, the salary is between EUR 3,230.42 and EUR 3,619.82 gross per month (based on a full-time employment), plus a holiday bonus of 8% of the gross salary. This equates to
    EUR 41,866.24 – EUR 46,912.87 per year, including holiday bonus.


Application procedure

The deadline for applications is midnight (CEST) on Monday March 27th, 2022. Please submit your application directly via this link on our recruitment portal.


Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply and detailing how you fit the requirements above
  2. A current CV that includes details of education, relevant work and/or voluntary experience and language(s) proficiency (to facilitate a bias-free hiring process, please do not include a photo or details of gender, age or marital status
  3. A summary of courses and grades achieved from relevant Bachelor's and/or Master's degrees
  4. The names and contact details of two referees (referees will not be contacted unless you are invited to interview)


Interviews will be held on Tuesday April 11th or Thursday April 13rd, 2023. Please let us know in your cover letter if you are available on these dates (via Zoom).


For further information or questions about these positions, please contact the secretary of the Language Development Department, Ilse van den Dobbelsteen (Ilse.vandenDobbelsteen [at]



The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics is entirely devoted to psycholinguistics – the study of how we produce and understand language, and how we acquire these skills as first or second language learners. Our goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind and with other agents, how multiple modalities (as in speech, gesture and sign) shape language and its use in diverse languages, 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 also work closely with other child development researchers as part of the Baby and Child Research Centre.

Staff and students at the MPI have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities (including audio-visual equipment, EEG, fMRI, eye tracking, virtual reality labs, molecular biology labs and a child-friendly child development lab).

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.

The MPI for Psycholinguistics recognises 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.


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