PhD position in cognitive psychology

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is inviting applications for a PhD position in cognitive psychology The position is available at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics beginning September 2015, embedded within the Psychology of Language department. The PhD project, supervised by Dr. Shiri Lev-Ari and Prof. Antje Meyer, should examine how social experience or social information can influence linguistic processing and representations. One possibility for the PhD candidate is to join an existing project that examines how individual differences in people's social circle influence their linguistic abilities. People vary in how large and how heterogeneous their social circle is. These individual differences influence the nature of the linguistic input they receive, and therefore might influence their linguistic representations and skills. The PhD candidate can choose to develop a project within this framework, or to examine the effects of other individual differences in social experiences or social knowledge. The project will involve developing a research project and conducting several experiments with a wide range of participants. The Psychology of Language department emphasizes the need to study language in the normal population collecting data from participants with various backgrounds in and outside the lab and online. The department provides opportunities for training in a range of neuropsychological, psychological and phonetic techniques, frequent research and public engagement meetings, and support from an excellent team of researchers in psycholinguistics. For further details of our research, please see our website: http://www.mpi.nl/departments/psychology-of-language The MPI in Nijmegen is a leading research institute, with a stimulating environment and excellent facilities and resources. The institute is entirely devoted to the question of how we acquire, produce and understand language, and its investigations are highly multidisciplinary, uniting anthropology, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and genetics. Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a Master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science or related areas. We seek exceptional students with a talent and inclination for first class research. Candidates should have an excellent written and spoken command of English. The position is available as of September 2015 and is funded for 3 years. Funding includes generous research and travel budgets. All students participate in the taught doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences. For full consideration applications should be submitted by March 10, 2015. For any questions concerning the research program please write to [email protected] or [email protected]. To apply write to [email protected]. Your application should include your CV, the names and e-mail addresses of two referees, and a statement of your research interests (approximately 1000 words), where you describe your research experience and sketch which topic(s) you might want to pursue in your PhD project. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.