Postdoctoral Position in Cognition

Radboud University Faculty of Social Sciences

Early Career Postdoctoral Position at the Donders Centre for Cognition: 'Bridging Science and Practice in Adaptive Language'

  • 20 - 30 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 4,978
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Required background: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years
  • Application deadline: 21 June 2020

We are looking for

The Adaptive Language Consortium aims to use theoretical knowledge to help solve societally important problems in language and communication. In ways ranging from fundamental to applied research, the members of the consortium all work on Adaptive Language, the ability to use language flexibly for communication. The primary goal of the consortium is to obtain external grant funding on Adaptive Language to study how communication can be optimised with and by individuals with reduced language (e.g. individuals with brain injury or disease, cochlear implant users, or immigrants with limited proficiency in the language of their new country). 

Your task will be to manage this consortium, and to coordinate its activities under the supervision of the consortium leaders (Prof. McQueen, Prof. Ozyurek and Dr Piai). More specifically, you will have three tasks. First, and most importantly, you will coordinate grant applications on Adaptive Language to national (NRO, NWA, NWO) and/or international agencies (MarieCurie, Horizon Europe). Second, you will organise three workshops. National and international experts will come to Radboud University to discuss adaptive language with consortium members and to build up a network on adaptive language, in preparation for the grant applications. Third, you will help to develop an elective Bachelor's degree course on adaptive language to be taught in the faculties of Medical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts.

We ask

  • A PhD in language science or cognitive science (i.e. psycholinguistics, linguistics, multilingualism, multimodal language, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, speech and language pathology, or a related discipline).
  • Experience in (or at least a strong affinity for) writing national and/or international academic research grants with applied components.
  • Experience in applied settings with people with reduced language abilities.
  • Experience in (or at least a strong affinity for) management of interdisciplinary research and project planning.
  • The drive and ability to coordinate team science and build research networks.
  • Experience in undergraduate teaching in the language sciences (teaching experience in speech and language pathology would be especially welcome).
  • Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English and Dutch.
Candidates who meet most but not all of these requirements are also welcome to apply.

We are

The position will be held at the Donders Centre for Cognition, one of the centres of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands). The Donders Institute is a world-class interfaculty research institute that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and control, 3. Plasticity and memory, 4. Neural computation and neurotechnology. Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is being conducted at the Donders Institute. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as excellent and recognised as a 'very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent'. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.

More specifically, the position will be embedded in the newly established Adaptive Language Consortium, which includes researchers from three faculties at Radboud University (Social Sciences, Medical Sciences and Arts). The position will bridge across several research groups including (but not limited to) the Sound Learning Group (Prof. James McQueen), the Multimodal Language and Cognition Group (Prof. Asli Ozyurek) and the Language Function and Dysfunction Group (Dr Vitoria Piai).

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 20 - 30 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 4.978 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2020.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: 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.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
James McQueen, Full professor
Tel.: +31 24 361 26 08

Vitoria Piai, Assistant professor

Apply directly

Please address your application to James McQueen and submit it, using the application button, no later than 21 June 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV (including names of two referees).
Given the current health crisis, the dates for the first and second interviews have not yet been set, and the starting date for the position is uncertain.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.