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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 relationship between spectral and temporal properties of the human electroencephalogram and statistical properties of human languages. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the supervision of the group's doctoral students. We also envision international faculty exchange with collaborating laboratories. The institute's broad research portfolio (i. e. four departments as well as a line of junior research groups) will provide several opportunities for collaborative research.
Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in computational linguistics, data science, cognitive science, or an adjacent field. Prior international publications in renowned outlets are desired. We expect profound experience with annotated linguistic corpora, in-depth knowledge of information theory, and advanced skills in artificial intelligence (e. g. machine learning). The ideal candidate will also be versatile in time - and frequency-domain analyses of EEG data and fluent in both MATLAB® and R.
The starting date is flexible, but should be no later than 1st October 2019, and the duration of the post is 2 years with the possibility of an extension for up to three years. Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society.
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, a personal statement, contact information of two referees, academic certificates and three prior publications that illustrate your suitability. Please submit your application via our online system at http://www.cbs.mpg.de/vacancies
(subject heading: "PD 08/18").