PhD Student position at the BCBL

PhD Student position at the BCBL
Deadline for application: 31/05/2021
PhD Student position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain)


  • Position: PhD student
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1-up to the point of PhD)
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Project: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Plan Nacional RTI2018 093547 B I00 (LANGCONN)
  • Location:  Spain > Donostia-San Sebastian
  • Research Field: Neuroscience > Cognition and Language
  • Type of contract/Duration of Contract : Temporary > 4 years
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours per week: 35
  • Starting date: 01/07/2021 (flexible)
  • Application deadline: 31/05/2021
  • Information about the project: The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language – BCBL- (Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain)
A predoctoral position to work on a translational research project is available in the Neurobiology of Language group, headed by Dr. Manuel Carreiras, at Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language (BCBL). The appointment is for four years. Starting date is flexible. The project is aimed at investigating to what extent the human brain connectome could be used to identify biomarkers of postsurgical cognitive recovery using presurgical neuro-anatomical and functional information in patients with diffuse low-grade glioma (DLGG).

Project summary: DLGG is a primary brain tumor affecting young individuals in full possession of his/her cognitive faculties. The slow growth of this type of lesion allows the brain to reorganize its structure and functions hampering the onset of the cognitive symptoms. However, DLGG unavoidably evolves to become a more invasive type of tumor, at the expense of both survival and cognitive functional prognosis. This translational project lies at the nexus of neurosergery, neuroscience, biomedical imaging, computer science and statistics. Its long-term goal is to build an accurate and reliable model capable of predicting patient’s postsurgical cognitive recovery. This is a primary need, for both clinicians and patients, promoting better outcomes for surgeries, longer life expectancy and better quality of life for patients. The tools we are planning to develop will allow surgical teams to tailor interventions on a patient-by-patient basis, both before and after the surgery. By applying machine learning algorithms using a compendium of clinical, behavioral, structural, and connectomic features from a large sample of individuals with DLGG and healthy controls we will be able to investigate how the appearance of a brain lesion impacts brain network dynamics, and whether this network malleability represents an adaptive advantage for post-surgery brain recovery processes.

Job description: The selected candidate will participate in several studies that combine clinical parameters, behavioral and neuroimaging data. His/her work will be focused (though not exclusively) on the acquisition, processing and analysis of functional and diffusion images (DTI) of pathological and healthy participants. The candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in a translational research project where clinical research groups, neuroimaging and basic research collaborate and will be able to develop the doctoral thesis project in the field of neuroimaging and neuroplasticity. In addition, the selected candidate will have access to cutting edge research facilities, including MEG, EEG, fMRI, eye-tracking and psychophysics laboratories.

PI and research group: Dr. Manuel Carreiras – Neurobiology of Language group.

Required skills:
  • Possession of a Master degree in cognitive neuroscience, biomedical engineering, experimental psychology or any other related area.
  • A strong level of written and spoken English and Spanish.
  • Programming skills in Matlab, Python, or R environments.
Desirable skills: 
  • Research experience with MRI/fMRI
  • Knowledge of SPM and FSL.
  • A strong methodological and theoretical background in cognitive neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or related fields.
  • Previous experience of using machine learning.
  • Basic skills in statistics, sound processors and graphics.
Salary: 17.000 Euros per year (gross salary)
Entitlements and other benefits:
Training opportunities and Career development plan: 
Researchers at any stage of their career, regardless of their contractual situation, are given an opportunity for professional development and for improving their employability through access to a Personal Career Development Plan which includes
(1) Training through individually personalized research projects under senior supervision
(2) Exchanging knowledge with the scientific community and the general public
(3) Network-wide training in theory and methods
(4) Complementary training courses
(5) Involvement in proposal writing, task coordination
(6) Development of skills for the organization of training and scientific events

Language policy
  • The corporative language at the Center is English but the national language will be an asset for this particular position
  • The center provides initial level Spanish and Basque lessons to all the international staff members
  • The interview will be conducted entirely in English
Submission of the application and documentation:
To submit your application, please follow this link: applying for “PhD Manuel Carreiras (LANGCONN) 2021” and attach the following documentation:
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position
  • Two letters of recommendation
Application process timetable:
  1. Deadline for application: 31/05/2021
  2. Evaluation by committee: 01/06/2021-04/06/2021
  3. Interviews: 07/06/2021-11/06/2021
  4. Final decision: 14/06/2021
  5. Feedback to all applicants: 15/06/2021
  6. Work contract start date: 01/07/2021 (flexible)
Contact details for enquiries: 



The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics celebrates its 40th anniversary with a series of scientific events. Due to the corona crisis, this conference will be held online.One of these events is a two-day meeting on the topic of The Neurobiology of Language: Key Issues and Ways Forward. Rather than looking back, we would like to see from the contributions of the speakers what the challenges and the promises are for the neurobiology of language, a field that in its current form has a much shorter history than our institute. The research of the invited speakers has opened promising avenues, which we would like to hear more about from a forward-looking perspective.

Webinars are free to attend but registration with a professional email address is required (e.g. business, university, school, research institute email address; please email  if you wish to register but do not have a business address).
Please register here
Registration closes 18.00 CET Wednesday April 7, 2021.


Research positions in the Neurobiology of Language department of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Job offer: Research positions in the Neurobiology of Language department of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Research positions in the Neurobiology of Language department
Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
We are offering a few junior and senior research positions (postdoctoral and beyond) in the Neurobiology of Language department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Research in the Neurobiology of Language department is done in a very inspiring research environment, without teaching obligations. Furthermore, considerable technical support is available, as well as access to state of the art research and neuroimaging facilities including MRI at 1.5, 3 and 7 Tesla, a whole-head MEG system, three ERP labs, a TMS lab, a Virtual Reality Lab, and multiple behavioural labs.

·         A PhD qualification in a related field.
·         The focus of your research should fit into the overall research portfolio of the department, as described on our website
·         A connection to the Memory, Unification and Control (MUC) framework would be appreciated.

Conditions of employment
·         Full-time position (39 hours per week) with a term of appointment of maximally 3 years.
·         The salary is according to the German TVöD (Starting salary: €52,573 – €61,663 p.a.).
·         Positions will be available in the fall of 2020 and later.

The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is the only research institute in the world entirely devoted to the study of language. Our goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types. We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Institute is part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged. The Institute is located in the Netherlands. Scientists in the Netherlands report among the highest job satisfaction ratings of any in the world.

For further details please see our website:

Application procedure
For information about the position, please contact Peter Hagoort (

Applications should include:
1.           a CV;
2.           a list of publications;
3.           the names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of recommendation;
4.           examples of published work;
5.           a cover letter describing research interests;

Send applications to:
Carolin Lorenz (Secretary to Prof. dr. Peter Hagoort)
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Postbus 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Deadline for applications: September 15 2020

IMPRS Conference 2020 (no registration fee)

The IMPRS Conference: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Language Sciences is an international, three-day conference organised by the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences. It will take place from June 3 – 5 2020, now in a virtual format!

The IMPRS Conference is catered towards junior scientists (master’s & PhD students) and aims to inspire the next generation of language scientists to take on new challenges that will further our understanding of the human language ability. More senior researchers are welcome to register and submit a poster, but junior researchers will be prioritized.

In this year’s edition, we will focus on two themes (Language Disorders and Memory & Learning) and explore them from multiple viewpoints, such as genetics, psychology, (neuro)biology, linguistics and computer science. Alongside the keynotes, short talks and discussion sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to present their own work during the poster sessions. Furthermore, we will also have various workshops on soft skills, research methods and data analysis on offer.

The conference will now be hosted completely virtually, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Please bear in mind that the schedule might change to accommodate the virtual format. More information on the virtual format can be found here.

This conference series is catered towards junior scientists (master’s & doctoral students) and aims to inspire the next generation of language scientists to take on new challenges that will further our understanding of the human language ability.

To register, please head over to our website and fill in the registration form.

Note that there are limited spots for the workshops.

Registration will be confirmed by 15th May at the latest.

The IMPRS Conference 2020 committee | @imprsconference