PhD position in Comparative Cognitive Anthropology

A Research position for a Ph.D. student is available in the research group ‘Comparative Cognitive Anthropology’ at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, NL). The successful applicant will be expected to investigate social emotions (e.g., shame, pride, fear of ostracism), using a cross-cultural approach, in order to examine similarities and differences across cultural groups in the conceptualization and/or communication of social emotions. The PhD position is available for up to 3 years.

Host Institute

The Max Planck Institute for psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, Netherlands) offers an exceptional training and research environment for researchers in the communication sciences, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work. The working language of the institute is English. The research group for Comparative Cognitive Anthropology works in close cooperation with the Language and Cognition Group at the Max Planck Institute for psycholinguistics and provides fully equipped research facilities, field budget, conference travel funds and full technical support. The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr.Disa Sauter ( and Dr.Daniel Haun (


Applicants must have a Masters/Diploma degree (or expect to complete the degree before autumn 2010) in psychology, cognitive science, biology or anthropology. The candidates have to be willing to travel to, and conduct research in remote places including rough working-conditions. Prior field-research experience is welcome but not necessary.


Curriculum vitae. In addition to details about your work and educational background, please include information about your technical skills, and details about your Masters degree, including the names of your supervisors, date of completion, title of thesis, a brief description of your topic, and any grades you received for relevant coursework.

Personal statement. Please provide a statement of interest, expertise, and career aspirations in no more than half a page.

Research proposal. In no more than one page, please provide a proposal for a PhD research project. This should give the Selection Committee a basic understanding of your proposed research and methodology.

References. Please provide the names and email contact details of two references.

Applications must be received by August 1, 2010. Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview, to be held in August/September 2010.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send applications to:


Postal address: Ina Grevel,

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, PO Box 310, 6500 AH, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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