Postdoctoral researcher in sociogenomics – Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics – Nijmegen

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Job description

The successful candidate will co-lead a project on sociogenomics (behavioral genetics) and language development. Among other things, the project seeks to understand the causes and consequences of individual differences in language learning in early childhood. This is done by applying concepts derived from the Familial Control Method (van Bergen et al., 2017; Hart, Little, van Bergen, 2021) and applied to a population of Dutch-acquiring (monolingual) children and respective family members. Specifically, a series of linguistic tasks and background questionnaires will be performed (online) by families spread across the country. Measures extracted from these tasks/questionnaires will allow us to model the association between vocabulary scores of parent(s) and child(ren), so to model intergenerational transmission. The project team are: Prof Caroline Rowland, Dr Sergio Miguel Pereira Soares (MPI for Psycholinguistics) and Dr Elsje van Bergen (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam).

You will also be encouraged to set up your own additional projects. We especially encourage you to consider collaborations with members of the Language and Genetics Department here at MPI and/or working on data from existing cohorts to which we have access, such as that from The Netherlands Twin Register, and the YOUth Cohort Study



  • A PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., sociogenomics, behavioural genetics, educational genetics, or psychiatric genetics). Researcher who expect to have received their PhD by January 2024 are welcome to apply.
  • Expertise in advanced statistical modelling of genetically-sensitive family data (i.e., genetic structural equation modelling, like twin models and parent-offspring models).
  • A track record of research on human behavioural genetics, including experience disseminating research through conference presentations and publications.
  • Experience managing confidential information provided by participants, dealing with ethical and administrative issues, and efficiently managing and cataloguing data.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. The language of the institute is English, so knowledge of Dutch is not required.
  • Desirable

  • Expertise in conducting analyses with developmental data on language or literacy
  • Experience working with longitudinal datasets.
  • An explicit interest in, and commitment to, Open Science.
  • What we offer you

  • The position is available from November 2023. Start date is negotiable but you should be in place by January 2024 at the latest.
  • Unfortunately, remote working is not possible.
  • Full-time position (39 hours per week) with a term of appointment of 4 years. However, part-time/job share is possible in negotiation
  • The salary is according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and is classified in salary group E13. Depending on the experience of the applicant, the salary is between EUR 4,187.45 and EUR 6,089.52 gross per month plus a holiday bonus of 8% of the gross salary. This equates to EUR 54,269.34 – EUR 78,920.18 per year, including holiday bonus.
  • All research staff have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities and a generous conference and travel budget. 
  • The job may involve co-supervision of junior researchers (e.g. Masters students), but there are no other teaching obligations.
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