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PhD Position Investigating Utterance Comprehension in Multimodal Context at the Donders Centre for Cognition

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    Radboud University
    Cultural studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    16/06/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Nijmegen


The PhD project will aim to develop a model of how we understand language in face-to-face communication. A fundamental question of human behaviour is how social agents communicate meaning and comprehend others. This core aspect of behaviour allows us to influence and coordinate with others in meaningful and highly complex ways, and often quite rapidly. Most often this is achieved using language. Language provides a great deal of structure and flexibility for communication, but also leads to a high level of complexity.

You will investigate how visual and verbal information streams are selectively bound during face-to-face conversation to form multimodal message representations online, as utterances unfold. The project will combine behavioural, electrophysiological and computational methods.

More Information


  • Employment: 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,061 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract).
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2021.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.
  • You will be part of the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience.

Selection process

Please address your application to Judith Holler and submit it, using the application button, no later than 15 June 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV, including a detailed section describing your research skills and experience and the contact details of two referees.

The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 21 June.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Judith Holler, Associate Professor
Email: j.holler@donders.ru.nl

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • A background in the language or cognitive sciences (including a Master's degree).
  • A strong interest in human multimodal communication and cognition (experience in research on multimodal communication is a clear advantage), as well as a strong interest in psycholinguistic language processing.
  • Experience in experimental research, including recruiting participants, running experiments, hypothesis formulation and testing.
  • Experience in qualitative and/or quantitative language corpus analysis (ideally conversation-based).
  • Experience in statistical analysis (including linear mixed effects models).
  • Experience in computational modelling and with Elan, Praat and R (desirable).
  • Experience with EEG (desirable).
  • Programming skills (desirable).
  • Proficient or near-proficient Dutch language skills.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Radboud University
6525 XZ
Houtlaan 4

EURAXESS offer ID: 643311
Posting organisation offer ID: 300845


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