PhD Position in the Department of Language and Literature

The Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, investigates the cognitive, affective, neuronal and sociocultural foundations of aesthetic experience.

The Institute currently offers a

PhD Position

in the Department of Language and Literature.

The PhD student will work on the DFG-sponsored project “Reading Time Regularity” under Dr. Sebastian Wallot. The project investigates how temporal regularity in process measures of text reading (such as response times, eye movements, and voice recordings) predicts text comprehension. Moreover, cross-linguistic studies of text reading will be conducted in order to test whether temporal regularity in reading times can serve as a language-invariant measure of text comprehension. While working in this project the PhD student will be in a position to undertake independent research work to write a dissertation and obtain a doctoral degree.

Applicant Profile:

  • Degree (Diplom or Master) in psychology or cognitive science with an excellent track record
  • Interest in reading research and both international and cross-disciplinary cooperation
  • Very good skills in research methods and statistics (preferably in R and/or Matlab)
  • Good English language skills

We offer excellent research facilities and international research cooperation opportunities.

The position is for a period of three years. Salaries are determined following the salary scale E 13 according to the TVÖD (Bund)*. The PhD position is filled with 75% of a regular contract.

The Max Planck Society is committed to hiring more disabled persons. So we encourage applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society would also like to increase the proportion of women in those fields in which they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.

Please submit your application including cover letter explaining your interest in the position, academic CV, copies of degree certificates and your thesis and/or scientific publications - preferably in pdf-format - by August 26, 2018 to:

Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik
Grüneburgweg 14
60322 Frankfurt am Main

*Collective Wage Agreement for the Federal Civil Service