Senior Developer Virtual Reality

Technical Group

We are looking for a senior developer to work on the further development of our virtual-reality (VR) and augmented-reality (AR) environment as well as for other experiment systems.

The work mainly includes the support and further development of our VR laboratories. Of the two existing laboratories, one consists of a 3-sided cave and one of an HMD-based laboratory. Expansions in the area of AR are planned.
There are also separate laboratories in the area of EEG and eye tracking but we also combine EEG and eye-tracking experiments in our VR labs.

In addition, we develop other experiment systems in small teams, such as a web and app-based experiment system, as well as audio / video annotation software.
Participation in these projects on a conceptual, designer and project management level is planned.

The tasks also include direct communication with the scientists in order to convert their requirements into technically feasible solutions.

This position requires strong programming skills, preferably in C# using the Unity Game Engine, and an understanding of data analysis, data structures, algorithms and 3D computer graphics. A background or interest in Systems Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, or neuroimaging techniques is highly preferred.



  • Having obtained a Bachelor’s or preferably Master’s degree in a relevant field;
  • An interest in virtual reality, data visualization and 3D computer graphics;
  • Substantial programming experience, including in a strongly-typed language and with object-oriented programming, and preferably with C# and Java;
  • Experience with and knowledge of graphical application development, preferably in 3D with Unity;
  • The ability to bridge the gap between scientific experiments and technological implementation, both in communication and in practice;
  • The ability to work independently;
  • Interest in managing software projects in a small team;
  • Good English language skills, both written and spoken.


Conditions of employment

  • The position is available from 1 June 2021, though start date is negotiable.
  • This position is for 39 hours a week; exact working days and number of hours can be discussed.
  • The initial position will be for one year with a possibility for a permanent position.
  • Depending on the experience of the applicant, the salary will be within the range of EUR 4.113 and EUR 4.824 gross per month (excluding 8% holiday allowance), based on a full-time employment (39 hours per week).
  • An allowance of 30 days annual leave (based on a full-time employment) and the German as well as the Dutch public holidays.



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 Institute 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.
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Application procedure

Are you interested in this position?
Please upload here by 30-Jun-21:

  • your letter of motivation (English)
  • CV
  • at least one reference letter


For technical questions about the skills and experienced needed for the post, please contact the Head of the MPI’s Technical Group: Reiner Dirksmeyer (Reiner.Dirksmeyer [at]



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