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PhD Student (f/m) Language Cycles
Published(270 days ago)
Deadline for applications(232 days ago)
Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften (MPI CBS)Leipzig
The independent research group Language Cycles at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany (MPI CBS) is seeking a
Our newly established research group investigates how the electrophysiological profile of the human brain constrains our ability to understand language - and how this may have shaped human language as such, cross-linguistically. We will directly link behavioral psycholinguistics, experimental neurolinguistics (i. e., mainly M/EEG), corpus linguistics (i. e., cross-linguistic treebanks), and computational linguistics (i. e., information-theoretic modeling).
MPI CBS is equipped with a 306-channels MEG system, several EEG systems, TMS, tDCS, two 3-T MRI scanners, a 7.0-T MRI scanner, and a SIEMENS Skyra Connectom high-field MRI scanner.
The successful candidate will investigate the role of electrophysiological timing constraints for sentence processing, focusing on neural oscillations in the EEG. The student will benefit from the outstanding teaching portfolio of our International Max Planck Research School. We also anticipate international student exchange with collaborating laboratories from the above fields.
Candidates must hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, or an adjacent field and be enthusiastic about language and electrophysiology. The successful candidate will have profound knowledge in psycholinguistics (i. e. sentence processing), solid programming skills (i. e. MATLAB®), and experience with statistical analysis software (i. e. R). The position demands eagerness and curiosity to conduct advanced electrophysiological analyses (e. g. time–frequency analysis, functional connectivity).
The starting date is 1st April 2019, and the post is for a duration of 3 years. Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society (i. e. TVöD E 13, 50 %).
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information of two referees, academic certificates and a half-page project proposal relevant to this advertisement. Please submit your application via our online system at http://www.cbs.mpg.de/vacancies
(subject heading: „PhD 10/18“).