PhD Candidate in Inner Speech in Children with Developmental Language Disorder
Radboud University

PhD Candidate: Inner Speech in Children with Developmental Language Disorder

  • 32 - 40 hours per week
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Job level: Research University Degree
  • Duration of the contract: 4 years
  • Application deadline: 17 November 2019


We are looking for

The title of this 4-year PhD project is 'The role of inner speech in the development of executive functioning and theory of mind in children with developmental language disorder (DLD)'. Many children with DLD not only have problems in their language development, but also in their executive functioning (EF) or theory-of-mind (ToM) development. The present project aims to find out to what extent these problems in EF and ToM are interrelated with problems in inner speech development. The candidate will study children with DLD between 8 and 12 years old, and investigate to what extent problems in inner speech can be linked to the cognitive-linguistic profile of the children in a longitudinal study. Subsequent intervention studies will be conducted in stimulating inner speech in relation to EF and ToM.

Your task will be to collect data, conduct research, to write scientific articles, and to complete a PhD thesis in time. You will also participate in conferences, workshops and other scholarly and knowledge transfer activities, and contribute to teaching.

We ask

  • A Research Masters degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Neuropsychology, Psycholinguistics, Behavioural Science, Educational Psychology, or another relevant study.
  • Broad experience with quantitative research.
  • Outstanding methodological and analytical qualities, and experience with collecting and analysing data.
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in Dutch and English.
  • Organisational talent, accompanied by independence and perseverance.
  • Affinity with and understanding of the target group of children with developmental language disorders.
  • An independent, flexible and proactive work style.
  • An affinity for challenges.

We are

The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) is a multidisciplinary research institute. Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science, and communication science. BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes: 1) development and learning, 2) psychopathology, health and well-being, and 3) social processes and communication. BSI conducts fundamental research as well as applied/translational research. For more information, please visit our website.

BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG and other physiological measures, and behavioural measurements in real and 3D virtual environments. The neuroimaging facilities of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG and TMS) are available for research on the neural bases of behaviour.

You will work in BSIs Learning and Plasticity group (BSI, This programme deals with microanalysis of learning processes. BSI is a KNAW-acknowledged research school providing excellent research facilities and high-quality training for PhD candidates. The project is conducted in collaboration with Royal Dutch Kentalis.

The Learning and Plasticity programme focuses on learning and development in typical and atypical populations. Intervention studies on individuals with a variety of disorders as well as on those at risk are also conducted to yield a better understanding of the dynamic factors that can prevent or remediate learning problems. The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the largest faculties at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands). The faculty currently employs about 650 employees. The facultys ambition is to become one of the top social science institutes in Europe, providing high-quality research and study programmes that rank among the best in the Netherlands.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (p scale).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 February 2020.
  • As part of the contract, you will participate in teaching for approximately 10% of your work time.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Eliane Segers, Full Professor
Tel.: +31 24 361 28 22 (secr)

Constance Vissers, Full Professor
Email: /

Apply directly

Please address your application to Eliane Segers and submit it, using the application button, no later than 17 November 2019, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.

The first round of interviews will take place on 29 November 2019.
The second round of interviews will take place on 6 December 2019.


We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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