Post doctoral position available in molecular/neurogenetics

Post doctoral position available in molecular/neurogenetics

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Post doctoral position available in molecular/neurogenetics
Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication Group
Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen, NL

We are looking for a staff scientist at post-doctoral level to join the Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication Group run by Dr. Sonja Vernes. We are a growing, dynamic lab investigating the genetic and molecular underpinnings of speech, language and vocal communication at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
More information about us and the work we publish can be found on our website:

Job description:
• You will be responsible for directing, planning, and executing project(s) investigating the role of genes and molecular networks in vocal communication and the evolution of spoken language using in-vitro models, in-silico approaches and novel model organisms.
• You will perform a range of molecular genetics lab techniques, histological techniques, and basic data analysis
• This position also involves supervision and mentoring of junior researchers (eg PhD students or masters interns)
• You will have the opportunity to publish first author papers, contribute to related projects as a co-author and present your work at international conferences and institutions.
• This is an outstanding opportunity to develop your research skills and ask exciting scientific questions to drive forward your own research project(s) in this new area of research using cutting edge approaches.

• PhD in a relevant field (genetics, molecular biology, systems biology, neuroscience or similar)
• You must have good molecular biology skills and proven experience in this area (e.g. during PhD or other training). Some knowledge of histological techniques would be useful, but not essential
• Bioinformatic skills are not essential (e.g. for the analysis of -omics datasets such as RNA-seq), but if you have these skills or a willingness to learn basic bioinformatic skills (with training provided by us), it would be advantageous.
• Enthusiasm for the work and the subject area
• Self-motivated and able to work independently
• Experience supervising students at any level would be advantageous
• We encourage early career stage researchers and recent graduates to apply
• The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly welcomed.

Conditions of employment / what we offer:
• 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.
• The salary is according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and is classified in salary group E13 (Starting salary: EUR 49,598 p.a based on a full time employment).
• Full time position (1.0 FTE), 39 hours per week (lower FTE will be considered if desired by candidate)
• Flexible start date and 1-2 year initial appointment, potential to extend
• Great location – Nijmegen offers high quality of life. Relocation packages may be possible for suitable candidates

The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is the only research institute in the world entirely devoted to the study of language. Our goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types. We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer.

Application procedure:
Applications must be in English and include:
• a brief cover letter (max 1 page)
• an up to date CV
• the names and email addresses of two referees

Send applications to:
• Ms. Evelyn Veen (Secretary to Dr. S Vernes):
Please use the subject line: Post-doctoral application – 2019
Should you require more information about the position, please contact us at the above email address.
Deadline for applications is 28th February 2019, or until the position is filled.


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Post doctoral position available in molecular/neurogenetics