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PhD Positions: Human genetics, functional genomics : Nijmegen, Netherlands

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is offering PhD positions in human genetics and functional genomics. The MPI in Nijmegen is one of the leading research institutes in the world, with a very stimulating environment, excellent facilities and resources. The Language & Genetics Department at the MPI uses state-of-the-art methods and cutting-edge technologies to trace the connections between genes, neuronal and brain functions, and behavior. Moreover, we benefit from close connections with expert teams in neuroscience and brain imaging at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and in human genetics at the Human Genetics Department of Radboud University.

We seek exceptional students with a talent and inclination for first class research, to carry out projects related to the priority interests in our department.

Examples of our research activities and interests are:
• Genome-wide association analysis in large cohorts with language impairments
• Isolating language-related genes with next-generation sequencing and multi-level data extraction and mining
• Functional dissection of neurogenetic pathways involved in speech and language
• Genetic association studies of brain structure and function

Qualification : Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a high quality masters degree in a subject that is related, or can be applied, to one of our priority interests. Masters degrees should involve several months of experience and training on a scientific project. For computer-based projects, some technical skills in scripting and handling large datasets will be an advantage. Laboratory-based candidates should have their degree in molecular biology, genetics, molecular neuroscience or related subject.

Salary : The PhD positions are funded for 3 years. The Language & Genetics department provides fully equipped research facilities, technical support, as well as a conference and travel budget.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. The business of the institute is conducted in English, and candidates should have excellent written and spoken command of this language.

Applications should include :
(i) A statement of interest in the position
(ii)a CV;
(iii)the names, email addresses and contact numbers of at least two referees who would be willing to provide letters of recommendation;

Send applications or enquiries to Martina Bernhard (Secretary to Dr S Fisher, Director)
Email : martina.bernhard@mpi.nl

Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until the positions are filled. The first round of shortlisting will be in December 2011

Deadline : 30.12.11




Friday , 16   December , 2011