IMPRS Language Sciences Fellowships (Germany)

Call for Applications:
2016 IMPRS for Language Sciences Fellowship positions

The IMPRS for Language Sciences is now advertising three fully funded PhD positions.

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies of the Radboud University. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities (from genetics labs, advanced brain imaging techniques, psychology labs to supported fieldwork opportunities), and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment.

We aim to attract outstanding students who wish to earn a PhD degree in any area of Languages Sciences. Broad questions addressed by students of the IMPRS include: What is the architecture of the language system? How is language represented in the brain? How does your genome help you speak? What is the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental communication disorders?  Why is the human brain capable of learning and processing diverse languages? If you have a background in Psychology, Linguistics, Genetics, or Neuroscience, you could contribute to fundamental science in this area and earn a PhD degree in the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences.

PhD projects are fully funded for four years. PhD students receive a monthly salary sufficient to cover living costs in Nijmegen.

Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2016) in a relevant field. The working language of the research school is English.

Please email your application as one PDF document including the following information:
1. Curriculum vitae. Include:
• Relevant work and educational background
• Details about your Master’s degree, including names of supervisors, (intended) date of completion, title of thesis, a brief description of your topic
• Grades for relevant coursework
• Details about relevant technical or research skills (e.g., programming, statistics, experimental design/methods, molecular biology, neuroimaging, practical phonetics, corpus methods, fieldwork).
2. One page summary of your (completed or ongoing) Master thesis project or equivalent research project (max. 500 words).
3. Identification of potential promotor/supervisor and an explanation why you want to work in her or his domain (max. 200 words).
– See the list of potential promotors in the IMPRS here.
Also look at the (personal/department) websites of these professors.
4. References. Please provide contact details of two academic referees. Non-native speakers of English must also provide a TOEFL/Cambridge/IELTS certificate or equivalent before taking up the post.

Closing date for the applications is January 6 2016.

Skype interviews are planned for the period between 8 and 19 February. Additional life interviews at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics with a final shortlist are planned for the end of February. Start date for the positions is 1 September 2016.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

Please send your application and any queries by email with the subject header “IMPRS application”

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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