Postdoctoral Position in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is looking for a staff scientist at the post-doctoral level to join the Language and Computation in Neural Systems (neuroscience) Group led by Dr. Andrea E. Martin.

They are a dynamic lab investigating the representation and processing of spoken language from a theory-driven perspective that is informed by advanced techniques in the cognitive, computational, and neurosciences. The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics recognizes the positive value of diversity, promotes equality, and challenges discrimination. They are committed to redressing systemic problems with diversity in science, and therefore welcome applications from individuals from minority groups and from groups that are otherwise under-represented.


For this position, the candidate will:

  • be responsible for directing, planning, and executing project(s) investigating the processing of spoken language comprehension using magnetoencephalography (MEG), contemporary data analysis techniques, and computational models. 
  • perform a range of neuroimaging experiments, as well as devise and implement computational models, perform data analysis, and write papers in collaboration with the group leader.
  • supervise and mentor junior researchers (e.g., PhD students, masters students, and interns).
  • have the opportunity to publish first author papers, contribute to related projects as a co-author and present their work at international conferences and institutions.
  • Utilize the opportunity to develop their research skills and ask exciting scientific questions to drive forward their own research project(s) in this new area of research using cutting edge approaches.

Duration: 2.5 years


The Postdoctoral Position in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language covers:

  • A gross salary of EUR 4,187.45 and EUR 5,329.90 per month according to the German TVöD depending on the experience of the applicant.
  • Exciting research environment addressing cutting edge questions with interdisciplinary colleagues and collaborators (both local and international).
  • State of the art laboratory and computing facilities, excellent resources, infrastructure and offices.
  • Excellent mentoring, training and career development support and opportunities. Including local support and funding to attend external conferences and training courses when needed.
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Job Requirements

  • PhD in a relevant field (e.g., cognitive neuroscience of language, experimental psychology, computational cognitive science of language, psycholinguistics).
  • You must have good computational skills and proven experience in this area (e.g. during PhD or other training). Experience with neural oscillations, cognitive computational neuroscience, or the cognitive neuroscience of language is highly desirable. 
  • Enthusiasm for the work and the subject area (i.e., language, structured representations, neural oscillations, symbolic-connectionism).
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Experience supervising students at any level would be advantageous.
  • They encourage early career stage researchers and recent graduates to apply.

Application Process

Applications for the Postdoctoral Position in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language must be in English and include:

  • a brief cover letter (maximum 2 pages)         
  • an up to date CV
  • the names and email addresses of two referees 

To apply for a Postdoctoral Position in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, click here.

Application Deadline: March 30, 2022.

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