Research technician in Cognitive Computational Neuroscience

Research Technician

A research technician is sought to join the Language and Computation in Neural Systems (LaCNS) Group investigating the neurocomputational basis of speech and language comprehension at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands).

Job description

Under the supervision of the group leader, Dr. Andrea E. Martin, the successful candidate will provide support to the lab on projects investigating artificial neural networks and biological neural networks (via electro- and magneto-encephalography (MEEG) during spoken language processing. The position will involve MEEG data collection and analysis, implementation of computational models and analysis pipelines using existing open source software, as well as being responsible for some organizational tasks and day-to-day logistics of the lab. The position will cover a range of techniques with basis in Praat, Matlab, Python, MNE Python, Keras, Tensorflow, and R. Importantly, expertise is not required for all these techniques. Ample training opportunities are available and we are looking for a candidate who is motivated to learn new skills and apply them in a project-based way. Good organizational and record keeping skills are essential, together with enthusiasm and strong motivation to learn new skills would constitute the ideal profile for joining this young and dynamic research group.


Applicants should have a degree (BSc, HLO etc.) in a related field such as cognitive science, computer science, neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, or similar. Previous professional experience is not a requirement, so we encourage early career stage and recent graduates to apply.

We are an international lab and all research and interactions are conducted in English. International applicants are welcome to apply.

Conditions of employment

The position is expected to be available from January 2020 onwards, with some flexibility on start date. The term of appointment will initially be for 2-4 years depending on the applicant’s profile. The position is full time, but applicants wishing to hold a part time (minimum 0.6 FTE) position will be considered.

The salary is according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and is classified in salary group E09b (depending on the experience of the applicant between EUR 2,952.16 and EUR 4,358.55 gross per month, based on a full time employment).


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. 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 women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly welcomed.

More information on our research can be found on our website: and

Application procedure

Applications should include:

  1.  a brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and why you are a good match for this position (max. 1 page)
  2.  an up to date CV
  3.  the names and email addresses of two referees

Send applications to Ms. Ina Grevel  (Secretary to Dr. AE Martin):

via e-mail:          

(please use the subject line: Application for technician position - 2020)

Should you require more information about the positions, please contact us at the above email address.

Deadline for applications is 30 October 2019, or until the position is filled.

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