Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Human Genomics

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    Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
    Cultural studies
    Medical sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    13/07/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Nijmegen

Successful applicants will use in silico methods to decipher the genetics of distinct human cognitive traits, bringing together data from next-generation DNA sequencing, genome-wide association screens, neuroimaging genetics and comparative genomics. Our research takes advantage of unique cohorts that we have collected ourselves, as well as data from large-scale collaborative meta-analyses (including the ENIGMA consortium), and publically available resources (such as UK Biobank). Some example projects include (i) genetic architecture underlying brain structures that support unique human traits; (ii) evolutionary histories of genes associated with speech and language skills; (iii) genetic variations implicated in synaesthesia, an unusual human condition involving mixing of the senses. Choice of project is flexible and specifics will be discussed further at interview. Successful applicants are expected to take a leading role in performing analyses and writing up findings for publication, as well as giving presentations about the work at international conferences.


  • Positions are available from September 2019, though the start date is negotiable.
  • Full-time position (39 hours per week) with a term of appointment of three years.
  • The salary is according to the German TVöD (starting salary €47,960 - €56,223 p.a.)
  • All research staff have access to cutting-edge research and training facilities and technical infrastructure, as well as a generous conference and travel budget.

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How to apply

Applications should include:

  1. A 2-page statement of interest, including motivation behind applying and specific explanation of how the applicant’s skills fit the requirements of the position;
  2. a CV;
  3. a list of publications;
  4. the names, email addresses and contact numbers of at least two referees who would be willing to provide letters of recommendation;

Applications and general enquiries should be sent to Martina Bernhard (Secretary, Language & Genetics Department); E-mail: martina.bernhard@mpi.nl.

The deadline for applications is July 12th 2019.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • Successful applicants will hold, or shortly expect to obtain, a PhD qualification in the molecular basis of human traits, human population/evolutionary genetics, or a related field.
  • Experience in bioinformatic analyses of human genome/exome sequences, large-scale genotyping datasets and/or other ‘omics’ resources is essential, as is proficiency in coding/scripting, and in implementing existing data analysis pipelines.
  • Successful applicants will have a critical, careful and responsible approach to science, with strong organization skills, and will be adept in communicating project plans and outcomes to others, including clear writing up of reports and manuscripts.
  • Abilities to engage across fields in an interdisciplinary setting are also important, since the Max Planck Institute encourages synergies across diverse fields of research.

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Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
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