February 2012

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February Job Postings and Announcements


Job Postings & Announcements

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JobsJob Postings and Announcements


Full-Time RA/Lab Manager at NYU

A full-time RA/Lab Manager position is available at the Neuroscience of Language Lab at NYU (NeLLab) under the direction of Liina Pylkkanen and Alec Marantz. A BA/BS or MA/MS in a cognitive science-related discipline (psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, etc.) or computer science is required. The lab manager will be involved in all stages of the execution and analysis of MEG and EEG experiments on language processing. Previous experience with MEG or some other cognitive neuroscience method is a plus. A background in statistics and some programming ability (e.g., Matlab) are essential. Start date next summer, details negotiable. Interviews will start immediately; we hope to make an offer before March 15. To apply,

please email CV and names of references to Prof. Liina Pylkkanen (liina.pylkkanen at nyu.edu).


Full Professor Position in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone - Marseille - France

The Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (Marseille, France) invites applications for a new faculty position at the Full Professor level, starting in the fall 2012. 


We are seeking applicants with a strong track record in brain imaging, in particular functional MRI, and a specialization in cognitive neurosciences (e.g. motor control, perception, emotions and reward..). The successful candidate must have established himself/herself as a junior or senior group leader. He/she will be expected to set his/her own research group at the Institute and maintain an active, extramurally-funded research program. He/she will be also expected to take the scientific leadership of the 3T fMRI Center affiliated to the Institute (http://irmfmrs.free.fr/) and which serves as a brain imaging platform for neuroscience research at local and national levels.


The position is affiliated to the Medical School of the Aix-Marseille University and the successful applicants will be expected to participate to undergraduate and graduate teaching in Neurosciences.


The Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (INT) (http://www.int.univ-amu.fr)  is a new research laboratory launched by the CNRS and Aix-Marseille Université. The Institute has just moved into a new 5000m2 building located on the Medical School campus, next to the University Hospital. The INT hosts seven research teams (i.e. about 120 Faculty, Technicians and Students members) covering different fields of integrative neurosciences, from spinal and cortical motor control to low- and mid-level visual perception and regulatory systems of cognition (emotion, reward). Different levels of nervous system organization are investigated from cellular to behavioral neuroscience and experimental psychology. Strong scientific relationships are expected between the different teams, leading to new collaborative projects to be supported by the Institute or by the french funding programs. The present call is part of a broader strategy for opening three teams in 2012-2013, the two others positions targeting young scientists in in vivo photonic imaging and non-human primate neurophysiology, respectively.


The successful applicant will be able to develop his/her research project with the help of the technical resources at the Institute. In particular, our 3T fMRI Center is operated by three full-time CNRS engineers and is entirely devoted to neuroscience research. Strong interactions are expected with the other brain and biomedical imaging facilities located on the same campus, either within the INT (in vivo photonic imaging in rodents and NHP) or within other CNRS and University laboratories (CRMBM, CERIMED, U751). The Timone Campus offers a unique access to different brain imaging techniques (3T MRI, PET-MRI, MEG...) in fundamental and clinical neurosciences.


Lastly, Marseille offers a thriving international environment, with extensive outdoor and cultural activities, and a high quality of living.


Application Instruction

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter describing research and teaching interests, selected (p)reprints of publications, and three letters of recommendation. Electronic submission of all materials is preferred and should be directed to mrineuro_search@listes.int.univmed.fr. Alternatively, materials may be sent to Dr. Guillaume Masson, Director, Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone, Faculté de Médecine, 27 Bd Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille, cedex 05, France).  The official application website will be open soon. The candidates will be interviewed by a Selection Committee in March-April 2012 but they are also strongly encouraged to rapidly contact the Institute.


Reprogramming the Human Brain Symposium

The Center for BrainHealth, in partnership with the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at The University of California, Berkeley, present the annual Reprogramming the Human Brain Symposium on April 12, 2012.The Symposium brings together the most distinguished brain scientists to share and learn up-to-the-minute breakthroughs in brain plasticity.


Speakers for the 2012 Symposium include Donald T. Stuss (Ontario Brain Institute), Michael P. Alexander (Harvard), Anthony Chen (UCSF), Lori Cook (BrainHealth), Sandi Chapman (BrainHealth), Jordan Grafman (Kessler), Arthur Kramer (University of Illinois), Leah A. Krubitzer (UC Davis), Earl K. Miller (MIT), and Stephen M. Rao (Cleveland Clinic).

For more information, please visit http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/index.php/events/research_symposium/ or http://symposium2012.eventbrite.com/.

For more information, contact:

Bruce Jones

Assistant Director for Research Operations


(972) 883-3261 phone

(214) 905-3026 fax


San Sebastian, Spain
October 25 - 27, 2012
San Sabastian, Spain
Society for the Neurobiology of Language