new graduate program in Leipzig; PhD scholarships

Balthasar Bickel autotype at UNI-LEIPZIG.DE
Mon Jan 19 10:34:04 UTC 2009

Dear all

The following new graduate program in Leipzig may also be of interest  
to students in typology:

International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Neuroscience of  
Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Neuroscience  
of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity is based at the  
Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences,  
Leipzig, and the University of Leipzig (Germany). The IMPRS also  
involves the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, and the  
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, UK.

The IMPRS offers a unique interdisciplinary graduate programme to  
study the functional, structural, and plastic bases of human  
communication. Its overriding goal is to train Ph.D. students in  
multidisciplinary aspects involved in communicative action. Besides  
behavioural work, the programme draws on elaborate modern imaging  
techniques including a 7-Tesla MRI scanner and a 306-channel MEG system.

Successful candidates will be accepted into one of the following four  
modules of the school:
(1) Verbal Communication: Language;
(2) Non-verbal Communication:
Action and Interaction;
(3) Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical;
(4) Methods: Modern neuroimaging techniques, biophysics, and signal  

Requirement for successful candidates is a Master's (or qualified  
equivalent) degree in disciplines like computer science, linguistics,  
neurobiology, neurology, physics, psychiatry, psychology, or related  
fields. Candidates near to completion may also submit applications,  
indicating the date of completion. Depending on qualification and  
background, we may consider applicants with a Bachelor's degree.

Further requirements include outstanding academic performance;  
excellent oral and written English language skills; aptitude for  
original, independent, and creative work; performed research and  
published, or submitted for publication, results (desirable).

The application must be supported by a degree and school certificate,  
academic transcripts, a CV, three names and email addresses of  
academic referees, and a personal statement explaining the candidate's  
motivation and reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. at the IMPRS. Applications  
should indicate the preferred module into which the candidate wishes  
to be accepted, and specify the preferred supervisor.

All admitted students receive financial aid in the form of a  
scholarship for the duration of three years. The language of the IMPRS  
is English. Visit for information on living in Leipzig,  
Germany, in the heart of Europe.

We seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are  
under-represented and therefore explicitly encourage women to apply.  
We are committed to employing more handicapped individuals and  
especially encourage them to apply.

For further information and application details, go to our website  
listed above, or contact

Dr Antje Holländer, Co-ordinator of the IMPRS (see contact information  

Applications are to be submitted in electronic format only until 31  
March 2009.
We will start assessing applications as of mid-February 2009. The  
programme will start with the Summer Semester 2009 at the University  
of Leipzig
(1 April 2009).

Application Deadline: 31-Mar-2009

Mailing Address for Applications:
	Attn: Dr Antje Holländer
	Stephanstrasse 1a
	Leipzig 04103

Contact Information:
	Dr Antje Holländer
	hollaender at, imprs at
	Phone:0049 341 9940 2261

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