The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics invites nominations, including self-nominations, for a director, who will establish a new research department at the institute with a unique, innovative and long-term research program focussed on the study of language. The area of expertise is entirely open. Examples of potential research areas are semantics, morphosyntax, phonology and/or pragmatics in spoken or sign languages, multimodal communication, comparative linguistics, typology, language evolution or computational linguistics.
Max Planck directors need to have a record of successful leadership, the ability to devise a long-term visionary strategy for their research, and the potential to make a substantial contribution to their institute’s mission and to develop collaborations with other departments at the institute and other institutes within the Max Planck Society.
Research at the MPI for Psycholinguistics is focussed on the interdisciplinary study of language (see www.mpi.nl). Our mission is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, how we can learn language, and what is the underlying genetic and neurobiological infrastructure. The institute currently has four departments, each led by one director; the new director will join the directorate as the 5th director. The institute offers outstanding facilities for studying language, including extensive onsite labs and access to state-of-the-art facilities at Radboud University.
The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University in Nijmegen and has close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. Nijmegen is a thriving Dutch city close to the German border, and a popular place for students, postdoctoral researchers and young families (see https://en.visitnijmegen.com/). The working language of the institute is English.
The institute is part of the German Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Max Planck Society, an equal opportunities employer, is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment, and is particularly committed to increasing the number of women amongst its scientific leadership. Therefore, we strongly encourage nominations of qualified women researchers.
Nominations, including self-nominations, should be sent to: caroline.rowland [at] mpi.nl. A nomination should include:
• The candidate’s name and current affiliation
• A brief motivational statement (200 words max.) specifying why you have nominated the candidate
Note that this call is part of the institute’s scouting procedure; its purpose is to inform the institute about possible candidates. The formal appointment procedure has not yet begun. As a result of this call, a selection of (self-)nominated candidates will then be invited for a visit to the institute in due time.
All nominations will be treated in the strictest confidence. We expect this call to remain open until midnight (CET) on Sunday 31st May.
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
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