What to do in Québec City
Consider a visit to Parliament hill, a must-see in Québec City. Dominated by the majestic outline of the Parliament Building and graced by a splendid fountain in its forecourt, Parliament Hill exudes style and elegance. Just minutes away from the Convention Centre, the Parliament Building is home to the National Assembly, which serves as the meeting place for Québec's 125 elected representatives. The very first national historic site in Québec, the Parliament Building is an impressive structure whose four wings form a square measuring about 100 by 100 metres. Built between 1877 and 1886, its architecture, unique in North America, is inspired by the Louvre Palace, making it one of the only French-style institutional buildings in Québec City.
Directly in front of the Parliament Building, stands Fontaine de Tourny. The seven-metres-high fountain is especially stunning when lit up at night. Not far from Parliament Hill is porte Saint-Louis, a towering stone gate providing access to the walled town. Built in 1694, it was demolished and rebuilt on two separate occasions. On one side, Porte Saint-Louis leads to Grande Allée, one of the city's most famous streets. To the other side lies Rue Saint-Louis and Château Frontenac.
Parliament Hill is at 1045 rue des Parlementaires, Québec, QC, G1A 1A3
For more information about the free guided tours, click here.
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Job Postings and Announcements
Laboratory Dynamics of Language (CNRS) and Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre (INSERM)
Postdoctoral Fellow Position
Applications are invited for a 12-month full-time (with possible 12-month extension) Postdoctoral Position in cognitive neuroscience in Lyon, France, to collect and analyze fMRI data on language processing. The post-doc is part of an exciting new project, which is a collaboration between Drs Alice Roy and Véronique Boulenger from the Laboratory Dynamics of Language (CNRS), and Dr Claudio Brozzoli from the Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre (INSERM).
The project lies in the context of embodied cognition theories and aims at uncovering the functional role of the motor system in second language processing. It will examine, using fMRI, the dynamics of cortical activation in motor regions before and after phonological training in a foreign language.
The project will be conducted in Lyon, a vibrant and stimulating neuroscience environment and a culturally rich city life, ideally located just an hour away from the Alpes, 2 hours from Paris and an hour and a half from Marseille and the Mediterranean sea (by train).
Key requirements for the candidates:
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in neuroscience, cognitive sciences or a related field and will have substantial experience in fMRI imaging analyses (e.g. SPM, connectivity analysis, resting state) and good programming skills (MATLAB). A background in speech and language is required.
Applicants from outside the European Union are welcome but they must qualify for a valid visa. French speaking is not a requirement (although it is an asset) as long as the English language is mastered.
Starting date: 2018 - please contact us for further information.
Net salary: ~2000 € / month
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Please feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues and students who could be interested in this position.
University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS)
Vice Chair for Research Position of the Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) Department
The University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) invites nominations and applications for the Vice Chair for Research position of the Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) Department. The program is seeking a dynamic individual with outstanding communication and collaborative skills to serve as a member of the CSD senior leadership team in its ongoing pursuit of excellence in research. In collaboration with the CSD chair and faculty, the Vice Chair for Research will be responsible for setting research and program priorities and allocating resources to meet those priorities; overseeing mentoring programs for research faculty; representing the Department on School and University committees; developing research partnerships and synergies across the University, Medical Center, joint Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburgh Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), as well as nationally/internationally.
The Vice Chair for Research will also be responsible for development of a systematic research program in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences (BBS). The successful candidate will be charged with development of a shared Brain and Behavioral Sciences Laboratory within the Department of Communication Science and Disorders focusing on the clinical neurosciences of communication. It is envisioned that this laboratory will house versatile, portable neuroimaging technologies, behavioral testing suites, and facilities for computing/conferencing. The capabilities of the laboratory will serve students from a variety of interdisciplinary areas, focusing on brain and behavior.
The successful candidate must have a record that would earn tenure at the rank of associate/full professor at the University of Pittsburgh. While no candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will demonstrate many of the following professional and personal qualifications: (1) Evidence of collaborative engagement and successful partnerships in neuroscience research and education; (2) Evidence of research and scholarship productivity and a strong record of success in extramural funding; (3) Experience with pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training and interest in leading a T32 training grant in CSD; (4) Ability to mentor staff and faculty to achieve personal, departmental, School and University goals; (5) Familiarity with and experience with varied types of funding sources, including federal and non-federal sources, private foundations, industry, training grants, and private public partnerships; (6) Experience with innovative program development (i.e., in research, teaching).
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and applications should be sent to the Search Committee Chair:
Dr. Michael Walsh Dickey, Associate Professor
Department of Communication Science and Disorders
6035 Forbes Tower University of Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Speech and Hearing Neuroscience Lab at Université Laval
PhD Scholarship: The moderating effect of music on communication, cognition and emotion processing and production in aging: a multimodal MRI study
Applications are invited for a doctoral position to work at the Speech and Hearing Neurosciences Lab at Université Laval, in Canada (http://speechneurolab.ca/). The selected student will lead an FQRNT-funded project that examines the impact of singing and musicianship on speech perception and production, cognition and emotion perception and production-the building blocks of human communication-using sophisticated behavioural and brain imaging methods. The overall goal of the project is to provide a mechanistic account of singing- and music-induced benefits in aging, to further current theories of human brain plasticity and aging. A background in one or more of the following fields is necessary: Cognitive Neuroscience, Brain imaging, Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology, Phonetics/Phonology, Psychology, gerontology or a related field. The award is available for domestic or international students.
The Speech and Hearing Neuroscience lab is located in beautiful Québec City, within a world-class research centre dedicated to the study of neuroscience (https://cervo.ulaval.ca/en).
Applications open: June 1, 2018
Applications close: When a candidate is recruited.
School of Psychology, Bangor University
Closing date: July 6th 2018
Applications are invited for a three-year fully funded PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr. Richard J. Binney within the School of Psychology, Bangor University. The student will be a member of the School's thriving and highly collaborative Social Neuroscience and Language, Bilingualism, Cognitive Development research groups. These groups meets regularly to present and discuss planned and on-going projects as well as important developments in the field. The studentship can commence any time between May and October 2018. This appointment will remain open until filled by a suitable candidate.
Bangor's School of Psychology was established in 1963 and now has one of the largest student cohorts in the UK and a cosmopolitan feel due to the presence of staff and students from over 20 countries. It has consistently performed exceptionally well in the UK's annual National Student Survey (Top 20 of 144 in NSS 2017), it has recently received the highest possible Gold rating under the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017), and is currently ranked in the UK's top 20 for research activity (2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment) & Complete University Guide 2018.
Bangor University is situated among the breathtaking landscape of North Wales. Bangor is a friendly and affordable university city, perched on the Irish Sea and with its back against Snowdonia National Park. There is easy access to beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers and beaches, while maintaining good transport links to some of the U.K.'s larger cities, including Manchester and London.
Richard Binney's laboratory is broadly interested in semantic cognition, which refers to our ability to acquire and use knowledge that brings meaning to our environment and the other people within it. Their research operates under a theoretical framework that views conceptual processing as central to all human behavior and as emerging from complex interactions between multiple higher-level cognitive, language and perceptual systems. At present, we primarily study younger adult and older adult populations using classical behavioral testing methods, as well as functional brain imaging (fMRI) and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (TMS/tDCS).
The advertised studentship may involve training in experimental psychology, fMRI and/or TMS. The individual projects are flexible depending on the candidate's interests and expertise, but should broadly relate to the laboratory's core interests in semantic cognition, language and other aspects of social behaviour. Two suggested topics are outlined below:
Project Area 1: A body of multi-method studies of semantic cognition, using both verbal (i.e., words) and nonverbal (e.g., pictures) stimuli, converges on a hypothesis that there are two principal interacting systems. The first serves a representational role (i.e., it stores knowledge), and the other is responsible for enacting executive 'control' processes that, for example, are brought to bear when stimuli have multiple possible meanings (e.g., 'bank'). Similar hypotheses have been expressed in the context of other, arguably very different cognitive domains, including receptive processing of person identity, facial or vocal expressions of emotion, and attribution of mental states. Surprisingly, however, there have been few direct attempts to align these similar observations under a single unifying account. The project could involve developing and using new tests to explore commonalities among the cognitive mechanisms and neural correlates underpinning verbal (i.e., words) and nonverbal (e.g., facial expression, body posture) communication.
Project Area 2: Traditional cognitive models of semantic memory have emerged primarily from the study of concrete word knowledge, where 'concreteness' refers to the extent to which the referent can be seen, heard, touched and/or smelt (i.e., knowledge of tangible objects). Within these models, conceptual relationships (i.e., similarity) between items (e.g., dog, cat) are hypothesised to be primarily computed on the basis of shared features (e.g., 'has four legs'). Our vocabulary, however, is full of words that refer to abstract constructs that cannot be directly observed through the senses, and that we would struggle to define in terms of constituent perceptual features (e.g., liberty, honour). By this nature, the basis on which relationships can be computed among abstract concepts is less understood. However, recent research has begun to uncover a rich multidimensional space that accounts for the organisational structure among both concrete and abstract concepts and highlights the importance of not only sensorimotor experience but that captured in terms of time, space, thought/language and emotion. The project could involve developing new tests to explore the relevance of some of these dimensions for different groups of 'abstract' and 'concrete' words (e.g., verbs, nouns, adjectives), and how they modulate engagement of the neural systems that support word comprehension.
Applicants are expected to have a first class or good upper second-class undergraduate degree in experimental psychology, neuroscience or a cognate subject, plus they should have or expect to obtain a relevant Masters-level qualification. Applicants should have excellent organizational skills, be highly motivated and creative, enjoy working in a collaborative research environment, and be able to communicate effectively, with evidence of strong scientific writing skills particularly important. Experience with human neuroscience techniques (particularly fMRI and/or TMS) and programming skills (e.g., in Matlab) are highly desirable.
This studentship is primarily aimed at UK and EU students. However, those who are interested, but are from outside of the UK/EU, should contact Dr. Binney to discuss the conditions for the funding of international students.
All applications submitted on Bangor's online system must include a current CV, a 1-page cover letter explaining their motivation to apply for the PhD position, and a 3-5 page (12pt font; double line spacing) project proposal covering a topic relevant to the laboratory's ongoing research. Applications that do not include all three of these elements will not be evaluated. The online application form is available here https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/applicant/.
All PhD students are expected to contribute to teaching in the department. The initial appointment for the position will be for a period of one year, with an extension of 2 years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis.
University of Texas, Austin and University of California, San Francisco
Research Speech-Language Pathologist (or Postdoctoral Fellow) Positions
The Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab at the University of Texas, Austin (PI: Maya Henry, PhD, CCC-SLP) and Language Neurobiology Lab at the University of California San Francisco (PI: Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, MD, PhD) are seeking to fill full-time clinical research positions at both lab locations. Research in these two collaborating labs is directed at improving our understanding of how the brain supports speech and language processes; how the cognitive processes and neural structures involved in communication are affected by neurodegeneration; and how targeted treatment programs may ameliorate communication impairments caused by neurodegenerative disease. The labs utilize current approaches in cognitive neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience (EEG, structural and functional MRI, MEG), cognitive rehabilitation, and neuromodulation (tDCS) to address these issues.
Responsibilities will include:
-participant screening/assessment, and treatment implementation for studies examining the nature and treatment of progressive aphasia and related disorders
-neuroimaging and behavioral data collection and analysis (prior experience with neuroimaging is encouraged, but not required, as training will be provided)
-generation of presentations and manuscripts from research findings
Requirements for the positions include:
-a graduate degree in speech-language pathology (CCC preferred)
-clinical (and, ideally research) experience with neurogenic cognitive/communication disorders
-ability to work well in a collaborative environment
Preferred start date is Summer, 2018, but alternative dates will be considered. If interested, please send a cover letter and CV with references to: Drs. Maya Henry and Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LandiLab at Haskins Laboratories
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Positions
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN NEUROIMAGING (MRI and DTI)
The LandiLab (PI: Nicole Landi, PhD https://landi.lab.uconn.edu/) at Haskins Laboratories https://haskinslabs.org/ (which is closely affiliated with Yale and the University of Connecticut) is seeking to hire a postdoctoral research fellow. This postdoc will join a project investigating the neurobiological basis (brain structure, genetics) of reading.
The successful applicant will be responsible for conducting and interpreting analyses of neuroimaging data (structural and diffusion imaging data). This position is part of a multi-site project (Haskins Laboratories, University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine) that is aggregating and analyzing neuroimaging and genotyping data from multiple locations to explore gene-brain-behavior relationships. Applicants must have a background conducting research using MRI. The ideal candidate will also have experience with diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and experience with advanced statistical analysis of imaging data (e.g. imaging-genetic analyses, Bayesian methods, machine learning).
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY (EEG AND ERP)
The LandiLab (PI: Nicole Landi, PhD https://landi.lab.uconn.edu/) at Haskins Laboratories https://haskinslabs.org/ (which is closely affiliated with Yale and the University of Connecticut) is seeking to hire a full-time postdoctoral research fellow. This postdoc will join ongoing projects investigating the neural basis of language and literacy development in laboratory and school settings. The successful applicant will contribute to funded projects that utilize behavioral experiments and electrophysiological techniques (EEG, ERP) to: 1) characterize children at risk for reading and language difficulties and identify behavioral and neural indicators of response to intervention, and 2) identify neural indices of audio-visual speech processing in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Applicants must
have a background conducting research using EEG or ERP methods. The ideal candidate will also have experience working with young children.
University of Pennsylvania FTD Center
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position
Post-doctoral Research Fellow position available for 2-3 years as of July 1st for an energetic and enthusiastic neuroscientist or computational linguist at the Penn FTD center.
Our study focuses on markers of neurodegeneration in speech and language, focusing on lexical and acoustic feature of longitudinal speech samples. We have a large patient cohort with various neurodegenerative conditions, including primary progressive aphasia, frontotemporal dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, progressive supranuclear palsy/corticobasal syndrome, and Parkinson spectrum disorders. We have a deep cross-sectional and longitudinal dataset with ongoing data collection that includes digital recordings of picture description tasks, extensive neuropsychological evaluations, neuroimaging (both structural and functional), blood and CSF biomarkers, genetic profiling and pathology.
We aim to identify novel speech biomarkers that will enable screening, continuous patient monitoring as well as in-depth studies into the neurobiological basis of language and speech impairment.
The position provides a great opportunity to conduct clinical research in a leading center, collaborating with a versatile team of investigators, including neurologists, neuroscientists, imaging specialists, psychologists, linguists and computational experts. A rare opportunity for clinical exposure in translational and computational neurolinguistics research. Background in computer programming languages is strongly encouraged.
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL)
Research Faculty Positions
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers SENIOR research staff positions in several areas: language acquisition, production, multilingualism, neurodegeneration of language, language and learning disorders, neurocognition of language and advanced methods for cognitive neuroscience.
The Center promotes a rich research environment without 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 eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs. There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The senior positions are permanent appointments.
We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI expertise.
Deadline September the 13th 2018 at 13:00, CET
Only researchers with a solid research track, senior level and international research experience are considered. Applications from women are especially welcomed.
The applicants must have their PhD completed before 01/01/2010.
The acceptance letter of the host institution is mandatory.
Candidates can only apply to one of the annual Ikerbasque calls, Research Professors or Research Fellows.
For more information, please contact the Director of BCBL, Manuel Carreiras: email@example.com
Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), University of South Carolina
A post-doctoral position is available in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC, USA). Prospective hires will join a research team headed by Julius Fridriksson (www.sc.edu/comd/fridriks
) as part of the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), which is funded by a P50 grant from the NIH.
The primary research focus of the lab is as follows:
- neural basis of speech/language processing with special emphasis on brain plasticity;
- neurophysiology of aphasia recovery;
- computational neurolinguistics, and
- predicting aphasia recovery from neural, biographical and cognitive-linguistic variables. This research relies on a range of MR methodologies, including lesion-symptom mapping, task fMRI, resting state fMRI connectivity and structural connectivity.
The University of South Carolina has a Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner that is primarily devoted to research and we also have access to a state-of-the-art transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation setups. Columbia is centrally located in South Carolina, within a two-hour drive to the beach and the mountains. The weather in Columbia is marked by "Southern" Summers, and a mild Autumn, Winter, and Spring. The salary level for this position is very competitive but will be commensurate with experience and previous scholarship. The ideal applicant for the position will work as a part of a research team that includes collaborators such as Drs. Argye Hillis, Greg Hickok, Leo Bonilha, and Chris Rorden. If interested, please contact Julius Fridriksson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dutch research consortium Language in Interaction (Lil)
Two 4-year Synergy Grants
Synergy Grants, Call for Proposals
Submission deadline: September 09, 2018, 23:59 CET
The Dutch research consortium Language in Interaction (LiI) is offering two 4-year Synergy Grants to teams of two researchers at an early or more advanced phase after finishing a PhD program. Researchers from anywhere in the world may apply.
LiI Synergy Grants aim to tackle truly bold scientific challenges through a unique combination of skills and knowledge of the researchers. The joint scientific research proposal should provide the scientific and technical aspects of a 4-year collaborative research project, demonstrating the ground-breaking nature of the research, its potential impact and research methodology.
The two available Synergy Grants include the salaries of the two submitting postdoctoral researchers at early or more senior stages of their career. In addition to their own positions, for each grant LiI will finance up to two PhD positions, one RA position, and accompanying measurement costs / consumables.
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI)
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Translational Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation
Three-year NIH-funded fellowships are available at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), for research training in cognitive and motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation.
Available mentors conduct patient-oriented research using approaches that utilize behavioral, computational, imaging, electrophysiologic, and electrical and pharmacologic neuromodulation methods. We welcome applications from individuals with a doctorate in psychology, cognitive science, communication science, kinesiology, movement science, or human neuroscience, who wish to learn to apply basic science principles to the study and treatment of behavioral and brain deficits in adult neurological patients. We also welcome applications from individuals with clinical rehabilitation backgrounds seeking to increase their depth in the basic science underpinnings of assessment and treatment. Applicants must have a track record in research and an interest in developing an independent research career.
Two-Year Postdoctoral Position
The Neuropragmatics and Emotion lab at McGill University is searching for an ambitious cognitive neuroscientist to spearhead a two-year postdoctoral program on the vocal communication of attitudes.
The prospective candidate will play a major role in advancing research that explores how listeners make pragmatic inferences about vocal cues in human speech, using acoustic, behavioral, electrophysiological (EEG), and/or functional neuroimaging approaches. The candidate will be integrated into ongoing work, and will design and carry out new experiments, that define the neurocognitive mechanisms, acoustic-perceptual features, and behavioral tendencies associated with how adults process voice information during language processing and person perception, drawing upon existing knowledge of psycholinguistics, acoustics, social neuroscience, and/or pragmatic theory.
- Carry-out behavioral and event-related potential (ERP) experiments addressing general hypotheses and assist with the supervision of trainees;
- Perform/supervise all necessary analyses for exploring effects in resulting data;
- Lead the write up, submission, and correction of research papers for peer-review journals.
- PhD with demonstrated research experience in discipline related to Human Communication Neuroscience and/or auditory (language) processing;
- Advanced knowledge and interest in analysis of EEG data with strong written communication skills in English;
- Previous experience working with fMRI data and/or Praat (or similar program) an asset.
This position offers independence as well as valuable opportunities for collaboration in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and as member of the McGill Centre for Research on Brain, Language, and Music (www.crblm.ca). The candidate will receive an annual salary of $35,000 CAD plus institutional benefits. The position would ideally begin in Fall 2018.
McGill University is situated in the very heart of Montréal, Canada, a vibrant city and the metropolis of Québec. Neuroscience is a strategic research priority at McGill, which has gained an enviable reputation in this domain. For full details about conducting postdoctoral studies at McGill, go to: www.mcgill.ca/gps/postdocs.
University College London, Division of Psychology and Language Science Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
Chair in Speech and Hearing Sciences
The University College London - UCL Division of Psychology and Language Science Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences London has an opening for the position of Chair in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Application deadline: 29th June 2018
Salary: Minimum of £69,039 per annum and is negotiable
Applications are invited for a Chair in Speech and Hearing Sciences, from individuals with an outstanding research record in an area of specialism within speech hearing and phonetic sciences and a commitment to research-led teaching.
We are seeking a candidate with an established track record in grant funding and high-quality publications whose research agenda will attract broad-ranging high-level collaborations within the wide community of UCL and beyond, and thereby strengthen UCL's reputation internationally as a leader in the field.
The post-holder will be expected to raise external funds to support their research programme, and any postdoctoral research staff and PhD students, and to contribute to research-led teaching via the development of specialised content for postgraduate and doctoral level professional degrees. The postholder will also be expected to take an active role in knowledge exchange activities, and in shaping the future research and teaching strategy of the Department.
A candidate will have an exceptional international research profile in relation to career stage and will be highly committed to a research area within speech hearing and phonetic sciences. A candidate will have an excellent track record of high-impact peer reviewed publications and research funding in relation to career stage.
UCL vacancy reference: 1725546
Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position please click here.
If you have any queries regarding this vacancy or the application process, please contact Professor Valerie Hazan, email@example.com, tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 4076
Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.
We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.
We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.
Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.
Aix-Marseille/Avignon on Language, Communication and the Brain
Two 2-year Postdoctoral Positions
The Center of Excellence on Brain and Language (BLRI, www.blri.fr/) and the Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB, http://www.ilcb.fr/ ) award
- Two PhD grants (3 years) on any topic that falls within the area of language, communication, brain and modelling.
- Two 2-year postdoc positions on any topic that falls within the area of language, communication, brain and modelling.
The BLRI-ILCB is located in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Marseille and regroups several research centers in linguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, medicine, computer science, and mathematics.
Interested candidates need to find one or more PhD supervisors amongst the members of the BRLI-ILCB Together with the supervisor(s), they would then need to write a 3-year PhD project. A priority is given to interdisciplinary co-directions and to projects that involve two different laboratories of the institute.
. PhD grants: Monthly salary: 1 685€ (1 368€ net) for a period of 3 years
. Postdoc: Monthly salary: ~2000 € net (depending on experience)
When the research project is finalized and approved by the supervisor(s), the application must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
University College London
Postdoctoral Research Associate
We are seeking to employ a Postdoctoral Research Associate at University College London in the Faculty of Brain Sciences, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, Department of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/research/speech-hearing-and-phonetic-sciences) for 36 months. The successful applicant will work with Dr Patti Adank on a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The postdoc will work on the project "The Mechanisms Governing Imitation of Speech", ideally starting 1 September 2018 (start date flexible). We are seeking applications from qualified researchers who have acquired their PhD in a relevant field (or are very close to finishing and will have their PhD when the project starts).
The project will include behavioural, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) fMRI and TMS experiments on imitation of speech actions. The post would give the holder experience in combining behavioural research on speech imitation with current cognitive neuroscience techniques, specifically TMS, and will include virtual lesion TMS, but also the collection of Motor Evoked Potentials. This is an ideal research opportunity for an individual interested in working in a brain stimulation research lab with a mix of research students specialising in speech perception, speech production, imitation using research methods including TMS, fMRI, eye-tracking, and basic physiology (electromyography). In addition to running the project the potholder will be given the opportunity to supervise research students and assist in developing and delivering teaching (only if the post-holder is interested, this is a research post). There is also funding available for the potholder to present the work at national and international conferences and to collaborate with our co-inversigator (Prof. Harold Bekkering) at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, The Netherlands (http://www.dcc.ru.nl/sense/index.php?staff=bekkering).
Conferences, Programs, and Calls
MultiLing Summer School 2018
Oslo, Norway, 10-14 September
PhD course: Experimental approaches to multilingualism
Application Deadline: June 15th
Janet van Hell (Pennsylvania State University)
Barbara Mertins (Dortmund Technical University)
Organized by MultiLing, Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, University of Oslo, Norway
Application deadline: 15 June
The world's linguistic map is rapidly changing because of demographic trends, new technologies, and international communication. One of the consequences is that the majority of people now speak more than one language. The recognition that more of the world's speakers are bilingual rather than monolingual has led to a dramatic increase in research on second language learning and bilingual language processing. This course will focus on the use of different methods for investigating these topics in the field of experimental (psycho)linguistics. Two renowned and experienced researchers within the field will present opportunities and challenges of different experimental methods such as eye-tracking and Event-Related brain Potentials (ERPs), with examples from their own empirical research.
For more information and how to apply, click here.
Workshop "Psycholinguistic and Computational Perspectives on Non-compositional Meaning in Phrases"
November 29 - 30
Call for Abstracts: Abstract submission by June 17th
It is a pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to the workshop "Psycholinguistic and Computational Perspectives on Non-compositional Meaning in Phrases." This workshop is organized by the SFB 833 and associates at the University of Tübingen and will take place in Tübingen, Germany from November to 30th, 2018.
For detailed information, go to: https://noncompworkshop.github.io/
The traditional view on the construction of phrasal meaning is compositional (i.e., the meaning of individual words is combined into phrasal meaning). For a considerable part of language, however, meaning cannot be directly derived via meaning composition of the individual constituent words of a phrase. Examples of such non-compositional phrases are idioms (e.g., to be on cloud nine), metaphors, (e.g., a blossoming mind), phrasal verbs (e.g. dig into something), prepositional phrases (e.g., on the other hand), adjective-noun phrases (e.g., black coffee), and compounds (e.g., pineapple). While such examples of non-compositional language are ubiquitous in language use, there is not yet consensus on how these phrases should be represented in psycholinguistic and computational models of processing. It is precisely this non-compositionality that raises important questions for models of meaning, such as:
- How are such phrases represented and comprehended, and to what extent do the individual constituents contribute to phrasal meaning?
- How is meaning constitution impacted by language development (i.e., first and second language acquisition)?
- How does context impact access to non-compositional meaning?
Both computational and psycholinguistic approaches attempt to help us better model the bridge between form and meaning, and this workshop provides a platform for resolving interdisciplinary differences and encouraging cross-talk between junior and senior researchers. Particularly, we aim to ask how psycholinguistic modeling of non-compositional meaning can inform computational linguistic models and vice versa.
Inbal Arnon, Hebew University of Jerusalem
Johan Bos, University of Groningen
Cristina Cacciari, University of Modena
Gareth Carrol, University of Birmingham
Aurelie Herbelot, University of Trento
For this workshop, we invite submissions for presentation including but not limited to:
- Processing and representation of non-compositional, conventionalized, or figurative meaning
- Idioms, conventional metaphors, phrasal verbs, adjective-noun phrases, prepositional phrases, compound nouns, etc.
- Cross-linguistic perspectives on collocations and other non-compositional expressions
- Acquisition of phrasal meaning (L1 and L2)
- The impact of context on processing non-compositional meaning
- Challenges of non-compositionality for computational modeling of meaning, including logic-based and distributional aspects of meanings
- Data-driven methods for identifying non-compositional phrases and for distinguishing between compositional and non-compositional meanings
- The intersection of psycholinguistic and computational perspectives on non-compositional meaning
Abstracts should be no longer than two (2) A4 pages, single-spaced, 12-point font, including key references and tables/figures. Submissions should be anonymous, and authors can identify themselves in the submission form. Submissions will be selected for either a 20-minute talk or a poster presentation.
Please submit abstracts in .pdf form by June 17th, 2018 to: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=noncompworkshop18
Notifications will be sent out by mid-July. If accepted, there is no registration fee for this workshop. Coffee breaks, a conference dinner, and a poster lunch will also be provided. There will also be an award for the best student talk and/or poster.
Sara Beck (Project B9, SFB 833)
Patricia Fischer (Project A3, SFB 833)
Ruth Keßler (Project B9, SFB 833)
Yana Strakatova (MoKo, Department of Linguistics)
Claudia Friedrich, Chair of Developmental Psychology
Erhard W. Hinrichs, Chair of General and Computational Linguistics
Andrea Weber, Chair of Psycholinguistics and Applied Language Studies
Ruth Keßler: email@example.com
1st International Workshop on Predictive Processing (WoPP)
June 20 - 22, 2018
We are happy to announce the new discussion arena fully centered on predictive processing. The Workshop on Predictive Processing (WoPP) will take place in San Sebastian (Spain) on June 20-22, 2018.
The goal of the workshop is to address the role of predictive processing in cognition. Some of the crucial issues in this timely research topic are the extent to which prediction is a fundamental mechanism of brain function, the role of prediction in learning, and, how predictive processing is expressed across distinct cognitive domains. This workshop will gather experts from different fields in cognitive neuroscience including sensory processing, attention and memory, to work alongside the community of language processing, with the aim of furthering our understanding of the role of predictive processing in cognition.
We invite submissions from researchers genuinely interested in discussing their data within the framework of the prediction view on neurocognition and brain functioning.
The conference will include keynote speakers, regular talks, symposiums and poster sessions.
Keynote speakers will be the main sources of discussion:
Sophie Scott, University College London
Moshe Bar, Bar-Ilan University
Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)
Each keynote will be followed by a symposium on a related topic. Each symposium will be co-organized by two experts in the field, and will last 2 hours.
Symposium organizers are Gina Kuperberg, Matt Davis, Craig Richter, Julien Vezoli, Lucia Amoruso and Ruth De Diego Balaguer.
For further information please visit: http://www.bcbl.eu/events/prediction-2018/en/
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
The Organizing Committee
Manuel Carreiras, Clara Martin, Nicola Molinaro & David Soto
Summer School "Limits of Variability in Language" Potsdam, Germany
The summer school will bring together leading international experts from different sub-fields of linguistics, covering the span from modern sociolinguistics, via dialect research, to grammar theory and the formal study of African languages. The school's central topic is the empirical study and theoretical modelling of variability and its constraints at various levels of language. The more practical objective of the school is to bring together graduates with different empirical, methodological, and theoretical backgrounds, and to create a platform for mutual exchange and joint learning.
Courses on Formal approaches to social meaning, variation and identity construction (Heather Burnett, Paris), Linguistic variation and change in social context (Sali Tagliamonte, Toronto), Morphophonemic and morphosyntactic variation in Bantu (Larry Hyman, Berkeley & Jenneke van der Wal, Leiden), and Discovering parameters: from micro- to macro-variation (Marjo van Koppen, Utrecht & Jeroen van Craenenbroeck, Leuven) are complemented by lectures of Sjef Barbiers (Leiden), who is a Mercator Fellow in the SFB.
Deadline for a binding registration is May 15. Late applicants might be considered. Please send an E-Mail with the header "Summer School" stating your name and affiliation to SFB1287@uni-potsdam.de. Please state the morning session (A or B) that you want to attend. Due to limited space the applications will be dealt with on a first-come-first-serve basis. The participation fee is 20 €.
The summer school is organized by the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1287 "Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects". For further information please feel free to contact SFB1287@uni-potsdam.de.
More and constantly updated information can be found here: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/sfb1287/summer-school-limits-of-variability.html
Summer School in Statistical Methods for Linguistics and Psychology (SMLP)
September 10 - 14, 2018
Applications are now open for the annual statistical methods summer school to be held at the University of Potsdam, Germany. The summer school will be held after AMLaP 2018 (which is happening in Berlin). For details, see https://vasishth.github.io/SMLP2018/
International Workshop on Neural Mechanisms Underlying Improved Speech Perception
It is my pleasure to announce the International Workshop on Neural Mechanisms Underlying Improved Speech Perception to be held at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) Delmenhorst, Germany. Information on the workshop can be found on this website: http://www.h-w-k.de/index.php?id=2265
Michael Beauchamp (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
Adeen Flinker (NYU School of Medicine, USA)
Usha Goswami (University of Cambridge, UK)
Joachim Gross (University of Münster, Germany)
Christoph Kayser (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
Sonja Kotz (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
Katharina von Kriegstein (TU Dresden and Max Planck Institute Leipzig, Germany)
Chris Petkov (Newcastle University, UK)
Ediz Sohoglu (University of Cambridge, UK)
Abstract deadline for poster presentations is May 31st 2018. Please send your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop fee is 100 Euro and includes all meals (see preliminary program). Travel and hotel costs are not covered by the fee. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in June (~ 20 posters in total). Shortly after the notifications, travel information will be send out and information on special hotel room rates.
I look forward to an exciting workshop!
WoRLD: Workshop on Reading, Language and Deafness
The Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (www.bcbl.eu) is pleased to announce WoRLD: Workshop on Reading, Language and Deafness to be held in San Sebastián, Spain, from Thursday, October 18th to Saturday, October 20th 2018. Abstract submission is now open until 15th May, 2018. And registration will be availabe from 5th of March onwards.
This workshop aims to bring together experts and researchers on the neurocognition of language in deaf individuals and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between scientists and stakeholders. The topics of the workshop include language processing and development in the context of deafness, and will cover sign language and spoken language in oral and written form.
The workshop program will include invited speakers, regular talks, panel discussions, and poster sessions. The workshop language is English; International Sign interpretation will be provided if required.
David Corina - University of California, Davis, USA.
Karen Emmorey - University of California, San Diego, USA.
Mairéad MacSweeney - University College London, United Kingdom
Anu Sharma - University of Colorado Boulder, USA.
Bencie Woll - University College London, United Kingdom.
Christine Yoshinago-Itano - University of Colorado Boulder, USA.
For further information please visit http://www.bcbl.eu/events/world2018.
The scientific part of the workshop (18th-19th October) will be followed by a one-day event on Saturday, 20th October to provide a meeting space for researchers and stakeholders, including deaf individuals, educators, practitioners, and parents. For more information about this event please visit http://www.bcbl.eu/events/worldpractice2018
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
The Organizing Committee
Manuel Carreiras, Brendan Costello & Marcel Giezen
Academy of Aphasia 56th Annual Meeting
The 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia will be held at the Hotel Place D'Armes in Montreal, Canada. The Academy of Aphasia welcomes submissions of original experimental, clinical, theoretical, and historical research from any field that contributes to the study of aphasia, including Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology, Neurology, Neuroscience, Linguistics, History, and Computational Modeling.
Presentation types. The annual meeting includes both platform and poster sessions.
Platform sessions include:
- Scientific papers--consisting of original research that has not yet been published.
- Symposia--consisting of a number of papers focusing on a common theme from researchers representing different laboratories. These papers may report on previously published research.
- Mini-Workshops--methodologically oriented sessions consisting of a number of papers reporting a unique approach to a timely topic.The authors of these papers may be from a single research group.
- Scientific papers that can be presented primarily in a visual format.
The Academy considers poster sessions to be as scientifically meritorious as platform sessions. Poster sessions will not conflict with platform sessions.
Guidelines for abstract content.
The submitted abstract should provide a concise statement of the problem or hypothesis,procedures and analyses conducted, results obtained, and final conclusion(s) drawn. Abstracts may include a maximum of 500 words (excluding references) as well as one camera-ready figure/table (in JPEG only). American Psychological Association (APA) format should be used for references. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be
reviewed. Click HERE for detailed information about how to submit and the criteria for submissions.
Symposia and Mini-Workshops. In the case of symposia and mini-workshops, the organizer should submit an abstract summarizing the topic, including the names and affiliations of all the participants, and the titles of the other abstracts. In addition, an abstract should be submitted for each of the individual presentations.To helpin the planning of the program, it is recommended that organizers ofsymposia and mini-workshops contact the chair of the Program Committee by e-mail (email@example.com) about their plans to get feedback on organizational issues.
Authorship of submissions.
More than one abstract maybe submitted by an individual, but an individual can be listed as first author on only one submission. Both members and non-members of the Academy are encouraged to submit proposals for scientific papers, symposia and mini-workshops.
Student papers must be co-authored by a member of the Academy. All submissions will be given equal consideration on the basis of their scientific merit and fitness for the Academy.
The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending. However, meeting space is limited, and Academy of Aphasia members, authors of accepted papers, and the first authors of rejected papers will have preference, if space limitations restrict the number of registrants.
Selection criteria for the meeting program.
The Program Committee will review the abstracts anonymously. Selection of papers will be based on scientific merit,innovation, appropriateness for the Academy of Aphasia, on the representation of topics in the program. You will be notified by email of the decision by the Program Committee by June 30,
A short version of the program (without abstracts) will be distributed at the conference with other registration materials. Accepted abstracts will be published online in Frontier-Psychology in Language Science. Abstracts will be available in early fall for download from Frontiers.
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