August 20-22, 2019
Job Postings & Announcements
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The University of Texas in Houston
Postdoctoral Research Positions
Multiple Postdoctoral research positions are available in the Tandon Lab at The University of Texas in Houston as part of the newly formed Texas Epilepsy Neurotechnologies and Neuroinformatics (TENN) Institute. Positions are funded either via multi-year Institute funding or by NIH funds (U01 and R01). The lab uses multimodal approaches - fMRI, lesional analysis following epilepsy surgery, intracranial recordings and direct stimulation to create and validate network level representations of language. Lab Collaborators include Greg Hickok (UCI), Stanislas Dehaene (NeuroSpin), Nathan Crone (JHU), Simon Fisher Baum (Rice) and Xaq Pitkow (Rice-Baylor); the post-doc will benefit from a close interaction with these experts in the fields of reading, semantics, speech production and computational neuroscience.
The selected individual must have a Ph.D. in one or more of the following: neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, mathematics, electrical engineering or computer science. Previous experience in neural time series data analysis, functional imaging studies of language, or studies of speech production are desirable - but not crucial. They must possess the ability to independently code in any or all of the following: MATLAB, R or Python.
They are expected to be highly motivated, team players with a passion to study cognitive processes using any or all of the various modalities available in the lab - imaging, direct recordings and closed-loop cortical stimulation - in humans. Given the multiple unpredictable variables and privacy issues around data collection in human patients, the individual must possess high ethical and professional standards and be adaptable. A strong publication record and excellent academic credentials are highly desirable.
More information @ www.tandonlab.org
Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences
Three PhD Fellowships for 2019-2023
The IMPRS is highly interested in applicants with broad theoretical and experimental knowledge, including advanced methods (e.g. EEG, fMRI, computational models, etc.) and statistics (e.g., mixed effects models, Bayesian). Applicants are invited to develop an interdisciplinary research proposal promoting new approaches in combining different lines of research. The successful applicant will be based at one of the following departments:
- Language and Genetics led by Prof. Simon E. Fisher
- Language Development led by Prof. Caroline Rowland
- Neurobiology of Language led by Prof. Peter Hagoort
- Psychology of Language led by Prof. Antje S. Meyer
The IMPRS is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative between the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and its partner institutes at Radboud University: the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities ranging from genetics labs, advanced brain imaging techniques to a virtual reality lab, and an enriching interdisciplinary environment. Our doctoral candidates have full access to facilities and resources across all three institutes to carry out their research.
The application portal will be online on 17 December 2018 (noon CET)
Application submission deadline: 14 January 2019 (noon CET)
References submission deadline: 21 January 2019 (noon CET)
UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
We are now inviting applications for five places to study in the ECOLOGICAL BRAIN DTP starting on 23/09/2019.
ECOLOGICAL BRAIN provides training in methodologies and analytical tools for studying brain and behaviour in the real-word. Projects are divided in three highly interrelated pathways: (i) basic research (ii) applied research and (iii) methodology. We hope to attract students from a variety of academic backgrounds such as psychology, anthropology, biology, architecture, engineering, computer science, education and geography.
The programme follows a four-year model, in which the first year (rotation year) consists of intense but personalised core training, including; basic scientific training (statistics, programming, neuroanatomy), bespoke training (e.g. mobile sensing and tracking, designing experiments with VR, app development, applied machine learning) and research ethics. In addition to this students will conduct three rotation projects under supervisors from different fields. These projects enable students to develop relationships and collaborations with various supervisors before deciding on a three year PhD project, as well as allowing students to try new areas.
Students will embark on their 3 year PhD project at the end of year one, after submitting a PhD proposal. In line with the interdisciplinary nature of the DTP, every student should have at least one secondary supervisor from a different department from those of the primary supervisors.
Our supervisors have been selected based on their outstanding record in real-world research and cover a broad range of areas including basic behavioural sciences, applied sciences and data sciences. Further information on our supervisors can be found here.
This is a fully-funded four year PhD programme, which offers Home/EU tuition fees and living stipend of approx. £16,777k per year (for 2018/2019 - matched with Research Council rates).
To be eligible for a studentship, applicants must either be UK or EU nationals.
Students must have achieved (or expect to obtain) at least an upper 2:1 in their undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Geography or related discipline within the remit of the ECOLOGICAL BRAIN.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted via the University College London Admissions web page. Please note that students do not need to decide on their PhD project/primary supervisors when submitting the application. Students with all backgrounds and interests related to the ECOLOGICAL BRAIN are highly encouraged to apply. The interviews for prospective candidates will take place on the end of Feb/beginning of March 2019.
The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
Closing date: Friday, 1 February, 2019 23:59 BST.
Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL)
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers three postdoctoral positions in three main broad areas or research:
- Language, reading and developmental disorders: How language acquisition, comprehension, production, and reading take place in the human brain. Special attention will be paid to language disorders and the development of computerized tools for their early diagnosis and treatment.
- Multilingualism and second language learning: The cognitive and brain mechanisms of language acquisition and processing in a second language. Special attention will be paid to multilingualism within the school system and to the development of new educational technologies for second language learning.
- Neurodegeneration, brain damage and healthy aging: Language and Cognition: Early cognitive and brain markers related to language for neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson); neural plasticity and language functions through brain stimulation in the awake patient during surgical brain operations; developing of computerized diagnostic and training tools for aphasic patients and neurodegenerative diseases.
The BCBL (center of excellence Severo Ochoa) promotes a rich research environment without substantial teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs. There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The positions have a term of appointment of 2 years with a possible renewal.
We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, computational modelers, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI/MEG expertise.
Candidates should have a strong publication track record.
Deadline: February 1rst, 2019.
We encourage immediate applications as the selection process will be ongoing and the appointment may be made before the deadline.
- Your curriculum vitae.
- A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000 characters maximun)
- The names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of recommendation
For information about the positions, please contact Manuel Carreiras (firstname.lastname@example.org).
University of Cambridge - Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain
Cognitive Neuroscience Position
Applications are invited for an experienced and enthusiastic cognitive neuroscientist with strong computational skills to work on an ERC Advanced Investigator grant on the neurobiology of language processing using MEG neuroimaging.
The applicant will join the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain (at the University of Cambridge http://cslb.psychol.cam.ac.uk), an inter-disciplinary team led by Professor Lorraine Tyler. The Centre has access to a research-dedicated 3T Siemens MR scanner, and EEG and MEG facilities. We currently use a variety of analysis methods on MEG and fMRI data-sets, and in particular multivariate analysis methods such as Representational Similarity Analyses.
Applicants must have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, computer science, or a related discipline. They are expected to have an interest in the neurobiology of cognitive functions, advanced statistical skills, and excellent computer programming (especially MATLAB and/or Python) skills.
Experience of MEG analyses, particularly in using multivariate neuroimaging methods for MEG data and MEG source localization methods, are highly desirable. Relevant post-doctoral experience is an advantage.
Given the nature of the research, candidates should be fully fluent in English. This is a fixed-term post subject to further funding.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2020 in the first instance.
Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Tyler
Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 6 January 2019.
Applications received after this time will not be considered.
Please quote reference PJ17462 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
NYU Neuroscience of Language Lab (Abu Dhabi & New York)
Pre-doctoral Research Scientists
The Neuroscience of Language Lab has openings for pre-doctoral research scientists, one position in Abu Dhabi and another in New York. A BA/BS or MA/MS in a cognitive science-related discipline (psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, etc.) or computer science is required.
The hired person would ideally have experience with psycho- and neurolinguistic experiments and a background in statistics and programming. A strong computational background and knowledge of Arabic are both big plusses. Most important though is a can-do attitude, a creative mind, superb organizational and teamwork skills and a passion for research.
The pre-docs' roles will depend on the specific qualifications of the person hired, but will in all cases involve MEG research on structural and/or semantic aspects of language.
We are looking to start these position in summer 2019. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately.
To apply, please email cover letter, CV and names of references to Liina Pylkkänen at email@example.com and Alec Marantz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject line: Application for NeLLab RA position 2019.
Please indicate if you have a preference for Abu Dhabi vs. NYC.
Application Deadline: (Open until filled)
University of Potsdam - Research Group Cognitive Science: Methods and Language (CSML)
The Research Group Cognitive Science: Methods and Language (CSML) at the University of Potsdam, Germany, is recruiting a Post-doctoral researcher.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a background in psycholinguistics or experimental linguistics (Ph.D in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Linguistics). The ideal candidate will have solid expertise in applications of statistics and documented experience in the study of cognitive processes using eye-tracking methodologies. Good written and oral communication skills in English and German are essential. Basic knowledge of French is desirable. Programming skills (Python, Matlab) are a plus.
The position is funded by a DFG grant awarded to Audrey Bürki. It is a full time position (40 hours per week), and it is limited to 30 months. The candidate will work on the project "Planning utterances across languages". S/he will design and implement behavioural/eye-tracking experiments involving language production tasks in German, English and French, collect and analyse the relevant data, and submit the outcome of these experiments to conferences and journals in the field. The candidate will be based at the University of Potsdam (Germany) but will undertake several short stays at the Universities of Marseille (France) and Exeter (UK) to collect data with French and English monolingual speakers.
Please send your application including CV, copies of certificates, cover letter, statement of research interests, your PhD thesis, and two letters of recommendation by email to email@example.com by December 31, 2018.
University of Oslo, Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing)
Laboratory Researcher Position
We invite applications for a Researcher at the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at University of Oslo.
The selected applicant will work at the new socio-cognitive laboratory at MultiLing. The laboratory hosts a new 128-channel EEG system (BrainProducts ActiCHamp), an eyetracker (SMI), cutting-edge video recording equipment, and software (Presentation, E-Prime) for running behavioral experiments in three separate recording rooms. The candidate is expected to conduct her/his own lab-related research 50 % of the working time. In addition to conducting her/his own research, the successful candidate is expected to assist the researchers and collaborators of MultiLing in their studies in the laboratory.
MultiLing is a Center of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway that opened on June 1, 2013. The Center has successfully completed the Midterm Evaluation to secure funding for the second period of five years, until 2023. Work duties are linked to MultiLing and employment is dependent on funding of the Center. Continued employment from June 2023 onwards is therefore dependent on funding from other sources.
For more information about the position and how to apply, please see
Deadline for applications: February 1, 2019
Auburn University, Language, Attention, and Memory (LAM) Lab
The Language, Attention, and Memory (LAM) Lab at Auburn University, under the direction of Dr. Susan Teubner-Rhodes, is recruiting graduate students to begin in Fall 2019. Applications are due by January 15, 2019.
Research in the LAM lab uses converging behavioral (choice reaction time, eye-tracking) and neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI) techniques to explore how domain-general cognitive functions contribute to speech and language function across the lifespan. We aim to understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support language processing under conditions of uncertainty, when communication is most likely to break-down. In particular, we assess how individual differences in cognition that are driven by age and experience impact language across multiple levels of the processing stream, from the early stages of speech recognition to higher-level construction of sentence meaning. Current projects in the lab examine questions such as: What is the role of cognitive persistence in understanding speech in challenging listening conditions? What neural systems support persistence when things get hard, and why do some people try harder than others? How does moment-to-moment engagement of cognitive control impact language processing when noise or ambiguity is present? Does the role of cognitive control in language processing change with age, as cognitive and sensory systems start to decline?
Successful candidates will join the doctoral program in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Psychology at Auburn. Students will have access to the Auburn University MRI Research Center, home to a Siemens Verio 3T MRI scanner and a research-dedicated Siemens Magnetom 7T MRI scanner, one of the first of its kind in the US. Auburn's new Center for Neuroscience Initiative fosters interdisciplinary neuroscience research collaborations and offers numerous graduate education opportunities, including a certificate in neuroscience.
Applicants should hold a B.A./B.S. in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics, or a related field by the expected start date, and should have prior experience conducting research. Experience with computer programming (e.g., Matlab, R) is preferred. Interested applicants can contact Dr. Teubner-Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Instructions for applying can be found here.
Union College Department of Psychology
Visiting Associate Professor
The Union College Department of Psychology seeks an excellent teacher/scholar specializing in cognitive psychology and/or neuroscience for a period of three years, with the possibility of extending to five years. The area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will be able to offer our 200-level courses in cognitive psychology and behavioral neuroscience. An ability and interest to teach some subset of statistics, introduction to psychology, sensation and perception with lab, and research methods would also be helpful. We also anticipate that our new colleague will contribute to the College's general-education program by teaching a first-year preceptorial and/or sophomore research seminar. Both of these courses are aimed at non-majors, focus on a topic of the faculty member's choosing, and develop students' writing, thinking, and secondary-research skills. We expect that our new colleague will establish and maintain a high-quality research program that involves a diverse group of undergraduate students. PhD by appointment date preferred.
Union College recognizes the rich possibilities of interdisciplinary studies. Candidates who can support Interdisciplinary Studies programs, including those with community engagement interests, are encouraged to apply.
Teaching load is two courses per ten-week trimester, six courses per academic year. Salary and benefits are competitive. The College offers strong support for both teaching and research.
Founded in 1795, Union College is a small, selective, private college with a history of excellence in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering. Both the College and the department take great pride in offering our students rigorous and engaging learning experiences and the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research.
The College is located in New York's Capital Region, a metropolitan area of over one million people. Our region offers affordable, livable neighborhoods and a variety of interesting cultural and recreational opportunities. In addition, both New York City and Boston are located within a three-hour drive from campus.
Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Our goal is not only to increase diversity, but to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive. As such, we welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups. Applicants are encouraged to state in their cover letter how they will enhance the diversity of offerings and educational experiences if hired. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities who request such accommodations.
- an application letter,
- a curriculum vitae,
- statements of teaching and research interests,
- evidence of teaching effectiveness including any course evaluations and peer evaluations that are available,
- evidence of scholarship including copies of peer-reviewed publications, and (
- a statement describing experience working with diverse student populations and/or the ability to contribute to a diverse community.
Questions may be directed to Dan Burns, chair of the search committee, at Burnsd@union.edu. Review of applications will begin on December 31. 2018.
Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.
Advertised: December 4, 2018
Applications Deadline: Open until filled
Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL)
Master's Program in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
Master in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language - BCBL
The Master's program aims to provide specialized, comprehensive and rigorous training in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. The Master's program includes core courses (theoretical and methodological), advanced elective courses, and a research-based project at the end of the program. Students learn from the world-class scientists at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language.
The Master's program is aimed at university graduates with various degrees who are interested in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, including previous training in psychology or linguistics, as well as language-oriented training in cognitive science, computer science, or mathematics. The duration of the program is one academic year with 60 ECTS credits. Students will develop research skills through the mentorship of experts and by completing a Master's Research Project at the end of the program. The language of instruction is English. Selecting the appropriate Masters program is the best way to start a successful research career, and in fact, several of our current PhD students began their research careers in our Master's program.
In the 8 years that we have been running our Master's program, graduates have gone on to PhD programs in places such as New York University, the Donders Center at Radboud University, UC San Diego, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Michigan State University, the University of Bielefeld, and our own PhD program at BCBL.
- Application sent by mail to email@example.com by FEBRUARY 25.
- Notification of the Master's admissions board's decision: MARCH 25.
- Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate in the program by APRIL 15.
- Pre-enrollment must be submitted ONLINE along with the confirmation of participation.
- Application sent by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by APRIL 30. Rolling admissions until JUNE 30 the latest. If slots are filled before, no more admissions will be accepted.
- Notification of the Master's admissions board's decision: Applications received by APRIL 30 will receive notification by MAY 31.
- Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate within two weeks of being accepted into the program.
- Pre-enrollment must be submitted ONLINE along with the confirmation of participation.
Conferences, Programs, and Calls
2019 PolyU CBS Summer School
The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is pleased to announce that the 2019 PolyU CBS Summer School will be held in Hong Kong, from Monday, July 15th to Friday, August 9th 2019.
Credit-bearing courses will be offered under two themes: (1) Language and Culture (undergraduate), and (2) Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (postgraduate). These courses will offer you a window into language, brain and culture by considering such questions as: How does language work? How is language instantiated in the brain? How does language reflect our cultural and social identity? How does language shape us as humans? By considering and addressing these questions in our summer school, you will have a clearer understanding of what language is really like.
The summer school program will include invited speakers, workshops and fieldtrips. The courses and talks will be in English.
Undergraduate - Language and Culture (two 3-credit courses)
Fun with language (Dr. Yu Yin Hsu and Dr. Cherie Wong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Understanding Japan: A Journey into Japanese Culture and Society (Dr. Reijiro Aoyama, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Postgraduate - Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (two 3-credit courses)
Advanced Topics in Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics
Prof. Jackson Gandour (Purdue University)
Prof. Evan Kidd (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Prof. Ping Li (Penn State University)
Prof. Chia-Ying Lee (Academia Sinica)
Prof. Elena Lieven (University of Manchester; ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD))
Prof. Salikoko S. Mufwene (The University of Chicago)
Prof. Ken Pugh (Haskins Laboratories & Yale University)
Prof. Caroline Rowland (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Prof. Tom Schoenemann (Indiana University)
Prof. Michael Ullman (Georgetown University)
Prof. Feng Wang (Peking University)
Prof. William S-Y. Wang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Prof. Fan-pei Gloria Yang (National Tsinghua University)
Advanced Topics in Research Methodology for Language Sciences
- EEG workshop by Dr. Stephen Politzer-Ahles (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
- fMRI workshop by Dr. Bolton K. H. Chau and Dr. Bess Y. H. Lam (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
- Eye-tracker workshop by Prof. Jie-Li Tsai (National Chengchi University)
- tDCS workshop by Prof. Dirk Den Ouden (University of South Carolina)
We look forward to seeing you at the summer school.
The 2019 LCN Summer School Organizing Committee
Third International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning
The third International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning will take place in San Sebastian (Spain), June 27-29, 2019. Please reserve the dates!
The conference explores statistical learning and its underlying mechanisms, from behaviour to neuroscience, in various domains.
Please note that the deadline for abstracts is March 1st, 2019.
Looking forward to seeing you all in San Sebastian!
Manuel Carreiras, Ram Frost, Blair Armstrong, Morten Christiansen, and Louisa Bogaerts.
The Society for the Neurobiology of Language