Student Assistant position

Student Assistant
Multimodal Language Department

The Multimodal Language Department is offering a part-time Student Assistant position (1 year, with possibility extension after 6-month review).

Job description

We are seeking one student assistant to help with the Department’s research on multimodal language use in Zoom interactions and how interactants reach mutual understanding and alignment in different Zoom set ups. The assistant will assist with recruiting participants, helping with setting up the experiment in Zoom, and annotating the interactions in speech (Dutch) and gesture. The position would suit a bachelor or master student with an interest in a career in research in language, communication, cognitive science, and education.


  • Recruiting participants (university students)
  • Assist with creating and conducting lab-based studies with Zoom
  • Coding, transcribing, and analyzing the multimodal interaction data



  • Native or near-native speaker of Dutch
  • Fluency in spoken English
  • A relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s study (e.g. Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a related discipline)
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Experience with running experimental or observational studies with adults preferably on topics related to language is an advantage, so is experience with the use of PRAAT and/or ELAN (however, training will be provided for all tasks)
  • Flexible availability


Conditions of employment

  • For 1 year with a possibility of extension after a 6-month review
  • Between 16 and 19 hours per week (set according to the student’s study schedule)
  • The hourly rate is 13.95 Euro (12 Euro without a Bachelor’s degree)


How to apply

Please submit your application directly via this link on our recruitment portal. There is no application deadline; rolling recruitment will continue until the post is filled.


Applications should include

  • A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply and detailing how you fit the requirements above;
  • A current CV, listing relevant experience.
  • The names and contact details of two referees (referees will not be contacted unless you are invited to interview)



The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is a research institute 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 also work closely with other child development researchers as part of the Baby and Child Research Center. 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).

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. We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We therefore welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief, or sexual orientation (

If you have questions about the position that you wish to discuss before you apply, please contact Aslı Özyürek (asli.ozyurek [at] (subject: Question%20about%20the%20Student%20Assistant%20Position%20for%20Zoom%20Experiment) ).


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