RA Position in the Dutch Research Consortium ‘Language in Interaction’

Research Assistant Position – BQ4-2

Content Description
You will support the postdoc and other staff with the research of Strand B of Big Question 4. Tasks will include (a) the preparation of materials for experiments, (b) the recruitment of a large sample of child, adolescent and adult participants, (c) the collection of behavioral and MRI data from those participants, (c) the archiving of those data, and, possibly, (d) some aspects of data analysis. You will work in the team of researchers engaged in Strand B and, more broadly, coordinate with those working on Strand A. You will work not only on the grammar-learning sub-project (see advertised postdoc position BQ4-1) but also on the other sub-project of Strand B, which is on word learning. You will take part in a novel and exciting project designed to address why there are individual differences in language learning ability. This position will enable you to advance your career in science (e.g. it will be excellent preparation for a PhD).


You should

  • have completed, with good grades, a Bachelor’s or (Research) Master’s degree in psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, or a closely-related field of study.
  • be familiar, ideally, with running experiments with human subjects (MRI experiments and/or behavioural experiments in psycholinguistics and/or human memory and/or individual differences).
  • have experience with testing large numbers of participants. Experience with testing children would be especially welcome.
  • have excellent organizational and communicative skills and programming abilities.
  • have demonstrable interest in language acquisition and the cognitive neuroscience of language.
  • be a proficient speaker of Dutch.
    It would be preferred if you had experience with analysis of large datasets on behavioral and/or neuroimaging measures.

Applications from excellent candidates with a less than ideal profile will also be considered. Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Embedding and Terms of employment
You will be based at the Donders Institute, RadboudUMC, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

  • Employment: 0.8-1.0 FTE;
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a maximum gross monthly salary of €2,980 based on a 36-hour working week (salary scale 7);
  • you will be appointed for a period of 24 months with possibilities for extension;
  • the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch University Medical Centres is applicable to this position;
  • the institute involved has regulations in place that enable its staff to create a good work-life balance.

Further information about position BQ4-2
Please contact: Prof. James McQueen, Dr. Kristin Lemhöfer or Dr. Gabriele Janzen.

To apply: https://www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/BQsthirdpositions.html