Postdoc and PhD Position 'Communication in Context' (1.0 FTE)

Vacancy number: 30.07.19
Application deadline: 23 June 2019, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone

Responsibilities
We are looking for highly motivated candidates to enrich a unique consortium of researchers that aims to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.
 
Currently, our consortium advertises one Postdoctoral Researcher position and one PhD position. These positions provide the opportunity for conducting world-class research as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

Work environment
These positions will be held at the Donders Insititute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
 
The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The ‘Language in Interaction’ research consortium, sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. In addition to excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, our consortium provides state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in the complex research methods that will be invoked to address the scientific questions at the highest level of methodological sophistication. These include methods from genetics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and patient-related research. This consortium realizes both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else.
 
We have identified five Big Questions (BQ) that are central to our understanding of the human language faculty. These questions are interrelated at multiple levels. Teams of researchers will collaborate to collectively address these key questions of our field.
 
Our five Big Questions are:
BQ1: The nature of the mental lexicon: How to bridge neurobiology and psycholinguistic theory by computational modelling?
BQ2: What are the characteristics and consequences of internal brain organisation for language?
BQ3: Creating a shared cognitive space: How is language grounded in and shaped by communicative settings of interacting people?
BQ4: Variability in language processing and in language learning: Why does the ability to learn language change with age? How can we characterise and map individual language skills in relation to the population distribution?
BQ5: How are other cognitive systems shaped by the presence of a language system in humans?
 
You will become member of our Synergy team which in turn will be embedded in our Big Questions framework. The research is conducted in an international setting at all participating institutions. English is the lingua franca.

What we expect from you
Each position has its own requirements and profile.

General requirements for all positions are:

  • an integrative mindset;
  • a theory-driven approach
  • good communication/collaboration skills;
  • strong motivation;
  • excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.

Applications from excellent candidates with a less than ideal profile will also be considered.

What we have to offer

  • employment: 1.0 FTE;
  • terms of employment depend on the position applied for;
  • Dutch universities and the institute involved have a number of regulations in place that enable employees to create a good work-life balance;
  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.

Other Information
The institute involved is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities.

Would you like to know more?
Further information on our Big Questions
Further information on: the different positions, including terms of employment

Additional information can be obtained from
Dr. Arjen Stolk
Dr. Jana Bašnáková

Are you interested?
You should upload your application (attn. of Prof. dr. P. Hagoort) using 'Apply directly'. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachments:

  • a cover letter quoting at the top the position you apply for,
  • your curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names of at least two persons who can provide references.

Please apply before 23 June 2019, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

For more information on your application: +31 24 3611173.

No commercial propositions please.