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Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Statistical Genomics/Genetic Epidemiology

The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, is offering a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in Statistical Genomics/Genetic Epidemiology. The host research group, led by Dr Beate St Pourcain, investigates the genetic basis of social communication, language and interaction in large population-based cohorts.

The successful applicant will engage in the analysis of evolutionary signatures and brain-specific genetic encodings of these phenotypes, using genetic, neuroimaging and metabolic data. Analyses will include Mendelian Randomization-based approaches, but also different structural equation modelling techniques and the application of methods to detect evidence for human adaptation. The host research group is embedded within the Language & Genetics Department of the MPI for Psycholinguistics.

Requirements

The successful applicant will hold, or shortly expects to obtain, a PhD qualification in Statistical Genomics, Genetic Epidemiology, Medical Statistics or a related quantitative discipline involving the interrogation of 'omics' datasets. This includes a strong computational background with knowledge of shell, R, Python or Perl or another programming language, and familiarity with approaches to integrate biological information from a wide range of (publicly available) data resources. Knowledge of one or more of the following data-analytical approaches is an advantage:

  • Mendelian Randomization techniques
  • Structural equation modelling or twin modelling techniques
  • Methods to detect human selection and adaptation

Familiarity with neuroimaging data and/or metabolomic data is a further advantage. Candidates do not require prior experience in the analysis of social and communication-related phenotypes, but should be keen to acquire this knowledge during the course of the project and involve themselves in the ongoing research of the department.

Conditions of employment

  • The proposed starting date is 1 November 2018 although the start date is negotiable.
  • Full-time position (39 hours per week) with a term of appointment of 3 years.
  • The salary is according to the German TVöD (Starting salary: €47,399 - €52,573 p.a.).
  • All research staff have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities and a generous conference and travel budget. 

Employer

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 Institute is 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 encouraged.

The Institute is located in the Netherlands. Scientists in the Netherlands report among the highest job satisfaction ratings of any in the world.

For further details please see our website: http://www.mpi.nl

Application procedure

For informal scientific enquiries, please get in touch with Beate St Pourcain ().

Applications should include in a single pdf file:

(i)    a 2-page statement of interest
(ii)   a CV
(iii)  a list of publications
(iv)  Names, email addresses and contact numbers of three referees

Applications and general enquiries should be sent to Martina Bernhard (Secretary, Language & Genetics Department); E-mail:

Applications will be reviewed from 1 September 2018 until the position is filled.

 

Last checked 2018-07-12 by marber
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The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The 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.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.

 

 

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