New Language Development posts at the MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

The new Language Development department at the MPI for Psycholinguistics has been up and running for 18 months, and we are now in phase *2* of recruitment. We have the following posts available. Please spread the word. You can also find out more about the new department here:

Postdoctoral researcher in computational/cognitive modelling, working with me and Evan Kidd: (Deadline Friday 18th May (in 5 days time!))

Postdoctoral researcher in children’s language processing, working with Evan Kidd’s new research group. (Deadline Friday 1st June):

A PhD/Drupal developer to work with the Language Archive team (rolling recruitment, no deadline):

Two Dutch speaking student assistant posts (deadline Friday 1st June):


Fully funded PhD Student Position: A Model-Based Approach to Infant Cognition

Fully funded PhD Student Position: A Model-Based Approach to Infant Cognition

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Application deadline: May 16, 2018


Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD position at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to examine early developing differences in learning and cognition using a combined behavioural and modelling approach. By combining developmental psychology experiments with a computational modelling approach, we aim to gain new insights into the abilities of the developing brain and how these are predictive for future development. We aim to explain what lies at the core of stable inter-individual differences in how young children seek out and process information about the world. The PhD candidate will formulate a formal computational model that explains the emergence of these differences, which will then be tested in a series of behavioural and neurocognitive experiments with infants. The experimental work will be conducted at the Baby and Child Research Center ( of Radboud University.


The PhD student will be supervised by Dr Sabine Hunnius and Dr Rogier Mars. This research is a collaborative project of the BabyBRAIN Group and the Cognitive Neuroecology Lab of the Donders Institute. The BabyBRAIN Group examines the developmental mechanisms and neurocognitive changes underlying early social-cognitive development. The aim of the Cognitive Neuroecology Lab is to understand how brains differ and are adapted to their environment, no matter whether it concerns the brains of different species, different individuals, or at different stages of development. The Donders Institute is a state-of-the art cognitive neuroscience institute with a multidisciplinary approach. It offers excellent research facilities, including a large infant lab, as well as outstanding PhD supervision and technical support.


Preference will be given to candidates with an MSc in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, biomedical science, engineering science, or a related field who are highly motivated to conduct challenging interdisciplinary empirical and model-driven research at the intersection of developmental psychology and cognitive science. The successful candidate will have a proven affinity with experimental psychology and/or mathematical modelling of behaviour. Demonstrable experience with techniques for quantitative data analysis (e.g. Matlab) is highly desirable. Due to the international and interdisciplinary nature of the research group, good collaborative and communication skills are essential.


The PhD student will be enrolled in the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience. Anticipated starting date is September 1, 2018.


For more information, please visit

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Sabine Hunnius ( or Dr. Rogier Mars (


Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Social Neuroscience at Bangor University, UK

Join the Developmental Social Vision Lab as a PhD Student!

Applications are invited for a 3-year, fully funded  PhD position in the lab under the supervision of Dr. Kami Koldewyn. The post is part of a European Research Council funded Starting Grant focused on Developmental Social Neuroscience. The project, ‘Becoming Social’, investigates developmental change in social perception, social learning and the social brain in late-childhood/early adolescence. The successful applicant will work with the Becoming Social team to design and carry-out research that  focuses on understanding how we perceive, process and understand the social interactions we observe. Methods used may include behavioural, eye-tracking and neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI, DWI) measures and the PhD student will be very involved, both conceptually and technically, in the design and construction of research questions and the tasks to address them. This studentship will likely involve investigating developmental questions in late-childhood and early adolescence.

Closing date for applications:  16th  April , 2018.

Start date: ~25th  September, 2018.

For full details see this document: PDF of advertisement  or this link on the Bangor Web-page:

To apply, visit:


For more information or discuss eligibility please contact: Kami Koldewyn at

Fully funded PhD – University of Dundee

Please circulate to interested parties the following PhD opportunity at the University of Dundee:–university-of-dundee.php.  Funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (1+3, or +3), this project embeds the PhD student within a local arts centre to explore the social importance of involving children in early years art.

Deadline 7th May, any questions can be directed to me. Apologies for any cross-posting.

Two fully funded PhD Student Positions: Social-Cognitive Development in Infancy

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Application deadline: April 22, 2018

Applications are invited for two 4-year PhD positions at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. We are looking for two highly motivated PhD candidates to conduct research on social-cognitive development in infants. The PhD positions are embedded in the MOTION project, a European Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN project exploring infants’ and toddlers’ actions, gaze direction, and brain activity as they actively explore the world around them. ITNs are international collaborative research and training networks involving several University and private sector partners. The PhD candidates will conduct a series of studies focusing on (1) social learning and (2) infants’ developing understanding of others’ emotions and intentions.

The PhD students will be supervised by Prof. Sabine Hunnius and will be part of the Baby BRAIN Group (see at the Donders Institute (DI). The research will be conducted in a collaborative network of prominent European experts in the study of infant development. While the successful candidates will be based at Radboud University, as part of their training, candidates will have the opportunity to spend several months at one or two of the other network partners. The PhD students will be enrolled in the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience. Starting date will be no later than September 1, 2018.

The DI is a state-of-the art cognitive neuroscience institute with a multidisciplinary approach. It offers excellent research facilities, including a large infant lab (, as well as outstanding PhD supervision and technical support.

Prospective candidates should hold a degree in Psychology or a related discipline, such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science or Human Movement Sciences. They should have a strong motivation for developmental research. Advanced data analysis and programming skills are a plus. Experience conducting behavioural or neuroscientific experiments with young children or adults will be advantageous. A good command of spoken and written English is essential.

Due to the mobility constraints of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, it is a requirement that the PhD candidates have not resided in the Netherlands for more than 12 months during the last 3 years.

For more information, please visit

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Sabine Hunnius (

PhD position in language (Oxford, UK)

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD position at Oxford Brookes University. The project aims at investigating the mechanisms and the level of generalization of statistically-based phonological acquisitions . The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez and Dr Michael Pilling

The position will start from September 2018.

Closing date for applications:  12th  April, 2018.

Click here for further details about the position

4 PhD positions in cognitive development

The Department of Cognitive Development and the Psychology of Language Lab at the University of Göttingen invite applications for

4 PhD positions (TVL-13, 65%) in developmental and comparative psychology.

The positions will be located in the graduate school “Understanding Social Relationships” that brings together research from developmental, cognitive and social psychology with human and non-human primates.

Detailed information on the application process, the research topics and the training program can be found in the announcement attached and at (the 4 developmental/comparative PhD positions pertain to projects 1, 8, 9, and 10 listed there).
Candidates are required to indicate up to two preferred projects.

For further information, please contact
•    Tanya Behne (
•    Nivedita Mani ( and
•    Hannes Rakoczy (

Starting date for the 3-year-position is October 2018.
Deadline for applications is April 10, 2018.

PhD position in artificial intelligence and advanced autonomy in aerial robotics

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship position within the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark starting in the fall 2018. At Aarhus University, you will have thrilling opportunity to apply the latest artificial intelligence technologies to solve real-world problems, in particular advanced autonomy for aerial robots.


Research area and project description:

We are looking for qualified and talented enthusiast PhD students who wish to investigate embedded guidance, control and navigation problem of unmanned aerial systems using artificial intelligence/machine learning methods with emphasis on reinforcement learning, deep neural networks, and learning controls for robotics.

Our aim is to leverage the current state-of-the-art autonomy level towards smarter robots, which will learn and interact with their environment, collaborate with people and other robots, plan their future actions and execute the given task accurately.

If you wish to shape the future through the marriage of robotics with artificial intelligence/machine learning, come and join us, we can create this vision with your help through the alliance of robotics with artificial intelligence/machine learning.

What you stand to gain? A fully funded PhD position for 3 years (starting Fall 2018) at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University; a fun environment to drive your passion for robotics.

Qualifications and specific competences:


  • A master’s degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer science/engineering, control theory, mechatronics, applied mathematics, or other related disciplines
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English with very good communication skills
  • Experience in Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Concrete knowledge in C/C++


  • Experience in machine/deep learning
  • Hands on experience in UAVs
  • Demonstration of research activities (conference or journal papers)


Please refer to the official advert [1] for application details and guideline. The deadline for applications via the online system [1] is 01 May 2018.



Do you want to study for a PhD at a top 100 university?

Aarhus University is a modern, academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 42,500 students and 11,500 employees and has an annual budget of EUR 840 million. Over the course of the past decade, the university has consolidated its position in the top 100 on the most influential rankings of universities world-wide.

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Denmark is home country for Aarhus University and provides a safe and stable environment with great conditions as well as lots of social opportunities. Aarhus is innovative and international, big city but in walking distance, surrounded by forests, parks and sea.
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Salary range:

PhD fellows are employed on the basis of academic trade union agreements, and the salary is regulated accordingly (depending on seniority). The salary amounts to approx. DKK 26,000 per month before tax, excluding pension and holiday (2017). The working and fiscal status of a recipient of a PhD fellowship is that of a university employee.
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Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:
Associate Professor Erdal Kayacan, e-mail:

Ph.D. Opportunity in Bilingual Language and Literacy Research

Dr. Marc Goodrich is seeking highly-qualified doctoral students interested in studying how children who are learning more than one language acquire language and literacy skills in their first and second languages.

Dr. Goodrich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His specific research interests focus on how children utilize knowledge and skills from their first language while learning a second language. Additionally, Dr. Goodrich’s research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of instructional strategies designed to improve language and literacy outcomes for children who are acquiring more than one language.
The doctoral program in special education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a unique program that trains students to design instruction to support children with learning difficulties. Students receive extensive training in high-quality research design, methodology, and statistics.
Admission is currently being granted on a rolling basis. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the doctoral program at UNL. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Goodrich ( for more information.

Funded PhD position in Educational Neuroscience, University of Lyon (France)

The Brain, Behavior, and Learning Lab ( at the Institute of Cognitive Science in Lyon, France, is seeking applicants for a 3-year fully funded PhD position in Educational Neuroscience.

The successful applicant will work with Jérôme Prado (CNRS) and Marie-Line Gardes (University of Lyon) on a project investigating the neural correlates of fraction processing in typically developing children and children with math learning disability, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral measurements. The project will also assess the neural and behavioral effects of an intervention based on a newly developed video game to improve fraction knowledge in children ( The position is a great way to develop research skills in developmental cognitive neuroscience and mathematical cognition. The Institute of Cognitive Science in Lyon provides a stimulating research environment with many opportunities for interaction with other labs investigating the development of cognitive and social skills ( The lab has extensive experience with recruiting and testing children from the Lyon area and has access to a research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner.

To qualify for the position, candidates must have (or soon obtain) a master’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive neuroscience, Educational sciences or in a related area. Candidates should also have a strong interest in mathematical cognition and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Experience with testing children and statistical skills are desirable. Expertise in fMRI is not required but is considered a plus. Finally, because the position involves testing and interacting with French-speaking children, candidates should have at least an intermediate knowledge of French. The salary will be in accordance with the University guidelines for PhD students. The starting date will be around October 1st 2018.

Interested applicants should send a CV and a cover letter to both Dr. Jérôme Prado ( and Dr. Marie-Line Gardes ( More information about the position (in French) can be found there: Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue through March 31 or until the position is filled.