Student assistant Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication Group

Student Assistant
Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is offering a part-time position in the innovative field of Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication. A part-time student assistant is sought to join the group of Sonja Vernes within the new, state of the art Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication Group (, supporting the Bat1k genome project (

Job description

The Bat1k consortium (of which Sonja Vernes is a director) aims to sequence the genomes of all living bat species (See our recent Nature news article:
As the project is growing bigger, we are searching for someone to support the project and the current communications officer. The work will include mainly administrative and communication tasks, including meeting organization, tracking the project by carefully updating our excel sheets and databases and some social media engagement.  


Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student and resident in the Netherlands and preference will be given to candidates who will continue to be enrolled for at least 1 year. We encourage applicants at an early stage of their degree (Bachelors or Masters) who would like a flexible but stable part time position. 

No experience necessary, but you must have very good organization and time management skills. 
Self-organization and strong motivation is essential. 

Conditions of employment

•    The position is available from September, with flexibility on start date.  The position will be ~6 hours per week. The days/hours of work are flexible so they can arranged around your study schedule. 

•    The hourly payment is 12,68 Euro (with a Bachelor’s degree) or 10,91 Euro (without a Bachelor’s degree).


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 Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, 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. For further details please visit our website:

Application procedure

Applications should include:
(i)        a current CV
(ii)        the names and email addresses of two referees (or letters of reference)

Please apply here

You can send enquiries about the postion to Meike Mai (Bat1K communications officer) via meike.mai [at]

Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until the position is filled. 

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