April 2013

 

 



 

 

SanDiego2013

San Diego Conference Venue Unveiled

 

We are excited to announce that SNL has secured  the fabulous Westin San Diego Hotel for the Fifth Annual Neurobiology of Language Conference.  The Westin San Diego is located in the heart of downtown San Diego's famous Gaslamp Quarter, home to more than 200 restaurants, coffeehouses and nightclubs.  In addition, the hotel is minutes away from major attractions, such as the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Old Town, Little Italy, Balboa Park and Museums, the USS Midway, and the breathtaking scenery of San Diego's stunning sandy beaches. To top it all off, the Westin San Diego provides a complimentary airport shuttle, which will make getting to and from the conference a breeze.
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Important Dates 

   

Discounted Hotel Reservations Available

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Call for Abstracts

Early May - July 9, 2013

 

Early Discounted Registration

May 30, 2013 -
September 17, 2013

 

NLC 2013

 November 6-8, 2013

San Diego, California, USA

 

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 Job Postings & Announcements 

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JobPostingsJob Postings and Announcements

 

Scientific Meetings & Calls for Papers

 

The 8th Morphological Processing Meeting:  June 20th - June 22nd 2013

Dear colleagues,

The 8th Morphological Processing Meeting will be held at the University of Cambridge, UK, from June 20th to June 22nd 2013. We are pleased to announce that registration is open: http://morphologicalprocessing2013.webs.com/.

 

The meeting aims to bring together scientists that work on all aspects of morphological processing. It is intended to provide an opportunity to discuss and explore different aspects of morphological processing, across several languages, language modalities and experimental paradigms.

 

Please circulate this message to any colleagues who you think might be interested.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge!

Best wishes,

The Organising Committee

  

William Marslen-Wilson                         

Lorraine K Tyler                                

Mirjana Bozic

Francesca Carota                                   

Elisabeth Fonteneau                     

Caroline Whiting

Marie Dixon                                              

Jaya Hillman

  

51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Lucerne, Switzerland

This year marks the 51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia which will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland from October 20-22, 2013.

 

We are pleased to announce that Stanislas Dehaene will be this year's luncheon speaker. Dr. Dehaene is Professor and Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology at the College dè France and Director of the INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in France.  Further information about Dr. Dehaene can be found at: http://www.college-de-france.fr/site/en-stanislas-dehaene/

 

The meeting will be held at Hotel Continental Park in Lucerne, Switzerland.

For more information about the conference location, please refer to the Academy website:

http://www.academyofaphasia.org/.  Information will be posted as it becomes available. 

 

Workshop on Infant Language Development (WILD), organized by the BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language

The overarching goal of WILD is to bring together scientists with different perspectives and methodological approaches to the study of early language and cognitive development. The first meeting will be held between June 20th and 22nd, 2013 in Donostia - San Sebastian, Spain.

 

This scientific meeting has been created to highlight recent research on a wide range of topics within monolingual and bilingual development, including speech perception and production; word learning; the development of syntax and morphology; brain mechanisms and first language acquisition; recent advances in infant brain imaging techniques (i.e., EEG, NIRS); atypical language development; language and cognition; early bilingualism; multilingual development; the role of culture in language development; gestures and non-verbal communication in infants and toddlers.


INVITED SPEAKERS:

    Richard Aslin - University of Rochester, USA

    Krista Byers-Heinlein - Concordia University, Canada

    Jenny Saffran - University of Wisconsin, USA

    Nuria Sebastian - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

    Dan Swingley - University of Pennsylvania, USA

    Marilyn Vihman - University of York, UK

    Janet Werker - University of British Columbia, Canada

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Online registration deadline: May 2nd, 2013

Conference dates: June 20 - 22, 2013

 

2013 Summer School--Neuroscience & Cognition Utrecht

Neuroscience & Cognition Utrecht is pleased to announce their 2013 summerschool on

"The Neurocognition of Bilingualism and Cognitive Control"  

June 3-6, 2013

Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

 

A hotly-debated controversy in the neurocognition of bilingualism concerns the nature of the mechanisms responsible for language switching and language selection. Is this a language-internal mechanism or is it a general cognitive control mechanism? What effect does bilingualism have on general cognitive functioning and underlying neural mechanisms? This summer school will present current views on these issues in detail. Speakers will also address the experimental designs and techniques (brain imaging techniques, EEG , eyetracking, behavioral research) used to investigate the issues under discussion.

 

Lecturers:

Jubin Abutalebi

Albert Costa

Julia Festmann

Walter Van Heuven

Edith Kaan

Frank Wijnen

 

Target audience: Advanced (research) master students, PhD students, and other scholars in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, linguistics, education, neuroscience, neuropsychology, and communication disorders.

 

For more information, and how to register, see:  www.utrechtsummerschool.nl/index.php?type=courses&code=L44

Contact: Edith Kaan, [email protected]

 

Faculty Positions

 

Full-time Tenure-Track Position in the Speech-Language Pathology Program--Department of réadaptation/Rehabilitation, Université Laval

Université Laval's Department of réadaptation/Rehabilitation offers a professional Masters (M.Sc.) program (#03456) in

Speech-Language Pathology that enrolls 50 students per year. The department also houses the Physical Therapy

and Occupational Therapy (both Masters degrees) programs.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION

1. Graduate teaching in speech-language pathology: courses about motor speech disorders (articulation,

voice, resonance, stuttering), swallowing disorders or associated deficits;

2. Contribution to teaching in other areas of the speech-language pathology program;

3. Development of an independent research program in speech-language pathology or a related discipline

(motor speech disorders, swallowing disorders or associated deficits);

4. Supervision of research projects at the master and doctoral levels.

5. Participation in pedagogical and administrative committees in the Département de réadaptation;

 

CRITERIA OF SELECTION

1. Completed, or in the process of completing, a doctoral level qualification in speech-language pathology or

related discipline;

2. Holding a postgraduate training will be considered an asset;

3. Being a member (or eligible to become a member) of the Ordre professionnel des orthophonistes et

audiologistes du Québec;

4. Clinical experience in speech-language pathology will be considered an asset.

5. Research expertise in motor speech disorders, swallowing disorders or associated deficits will be

considered an asset;

6. Experience teaching at the university level in motor speech disorders, swallowing disorders or associated

deficits will be considered an asset;

7. Candidates must have the potential to communicate and teach in French.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 19th, 2013.

POSITION START DATE: Preferably before December 2013.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Candidates are invited to submit their curriculum vitae, a letter including a statement of teaching and research

interests, and the names of three referents. The candidates should submit documents relating to their application

to:

Joël Macoir, Ph.D., président du comité de sélection

Département de réadaptation, Faculté de médecine, Pavillon Vandry

Université Laval

Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6

CANADA

Télécopieur : (418) 656-5476

"Valuing diversity, Université Laval encourages all qualified individuals to apply-particularly women, visible and ethnic minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities-but priority will be given to Canadians and Canadian permanent residents".

  

1-3 Faculty Positions--Interventional Cognitive Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Seeking 1-3 individuals to fill faculty positions of flexible rank, from junior (Research Associate) to senior (Professor) levels.  Appropriate candidates should have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a comparable empirical discipline. The positions are potentially available immediately.  They will be within the Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology Group of the Department of Neurology of The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.

 

The Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology Group is committed to targeted, long-term efforts to safely improve aspects of communication, speech, language, and all related cognitive skills (including aspects of cognitive control and self-awareness) in individuals who have failed to develop language normally (in particular, individuals with autism), lost speech and language functions, or who have developed amnesia and other disorders of learning/memory (see http://www.jhu.edu/cognitiveneurology for a more complete summary of current and planned efforts).  Assessment methods are heavily weighted towards behavioral measures, and towards implicit measures (such as evoked potentials, eye movements, pupillometry).  The main interventional methods being studied are behavioral, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and a combination of the two.

  

We seek faculty capable of (a) managing, coordinating, and expanding existing efforts, and/or (b) developing new efforts in keeping with our general goals.  As currently envisioned, applicants should have expertise in theoretical and behavioral experimental methods related to one or more of the following areas:  (a)  lexical retrieval and word production,  (b) motor speech control, (c) human learning and memory, including amnesic conditions; and/or (d) executive functions/cognitive control, particularly the processes involved in 'elementary' decisions and choices.  However, other domains of expertise that are relevant to the overall efforts will be considered.  Applicants are also expected to have demonstrated expertise in oral and written communication, management skills, and an independent publication record.  

  

The specific positions being offered (in particular, faculty rank and potential associated joint appointment(s)) will depend both upon the candidate's qualifications, and upon decisions by the appropriate committees within the Department and the University.  The positions and expected associated costs (e.g., research assistance) are fully funded from private source(s), pledged through 2016 at a minimum.  In their current formulation, these are pure research positions.  There are no teaching responsibilities.   Independent funding will allow independent efforts.   While full-time arrangements are anticipated, there is the possibility of part-time or other flexible arrangements.

 

Applicants are encouraged to contact Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Therapeutic Cognitive Neuroscience Professor, at 410-955-3407 (voice, 24/7), or via E-mail at [email protected], for any preliminary inquiries.

 

For a formal application, please send your CV and a letter of interests to [email protected]

 

The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.  All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

 

Research Faculty Position The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

A Research Assistant Professor position is available in the newly established Laboratory for Language, Learning, and the Brain at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (PI: Patrick Wong).  We welcome individuals from any disciplines whose research addresses aspects of speech, hearing, language, and communication broadly defined.  This is a three-year, non-tenure-track research faculty position subject to final University approval.  Candidates with experience in basic and clinical research across the lifespan are all encouraged to apply.  We are particularly interested in broad thinkers with good quantitative skills to join our team.  Candidates with experience in behavioral, neural, and genetic research will all be considered.  The anticipated start date is Sept. 1, 2013, but can be flexible

.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks among top 40 in the world according to QS World University Rankings.  Hong Kong offers a multitude of living possibilities that include rural living in the New Territories where the University is located.  For inquiries, candidates should email CV to Patrick Wong ([email protected]).  

Visit http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/lin/llb/ for more information about our work.

 

Review of applications will begin immediately.  For formal application procedures, see the University advertisement:

http://www.per.cuhk.edu.hk/JobVacancies/TeachingAdministrativeandProfessiona

lPosts/tabid/202/Default.aspx

 

Postdoctoral Positions

 

Career Development Fellow (Postdoctoral position)--MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge  

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBSU<http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/>) is an internationally renowned research institute with state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience facilities, including a research dedicated 3T Siemens Trio MRI scanner and 306-channel Elekta Neuromag MEG system.

 

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position to work within a research programme led by Dr Matthew Davis<http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/people/matt.davis/> investigating neural systems for perceiving, understanding and learning spoken language. The research will use advanced functional imaging methods (fMRI, MEG/EEG) to explore speech processing in healthy, adult participants. Additional opportunities may arise to work with children or adults with language impairment.

 

You should have, or be in the final stages of obtaining, a PhD in cognitive neuroscience or related field, including experience of one or more neuroimaging methods. A strong computational or statistical background is desirable and experience of speech signal processing or psycholinguistics.

 

This is a three year training and development postdoctoral position. The starting salary will be in the range of £

26,022 - £29,324 per annum, depending upon qualifications and experience.  We offer a flexible pay and reward policy, 30 days annual leave entitlement, and an optional MRC final salary Pension Scheme.  On site car and bicycle parking is available.

 

For informal enquiries, contact Matt Davis by email: [email protected]

Applications are handled by the RCUK Shared Services Centre; for further information and to apply please visit our job board, by following this <http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AGD786/career-development-fellow-postdoctoral-position/> link<http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc87470_2879.aspx>, including the IRC86470 reference. Closing date: 9th April 2013

We are looking for highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to enrich a unique consortium of researchers that aims to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and the variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.

 

Seven Postdoctoral Positions in the Dutch Research Consortium "Language in Interaction" 

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. This research consortium sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO)  brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. Our consortium counts four Spinoza Prize winners (van Benthem, Muysken, Cutler, Hagoort; the Spinoza Prize is the highest science prize in the Netherlands), three ERC Advanced Grant winners (Muysken, Levinson, Fernández), 17 VICI/Pioneer grant holders (these are the most prestigious personal grants that the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research provides; grant holders are: Bod, Ernestus, Majid, Desain, Van den Bosch, van Lambalgen, Roelofs, Bekkering, Fernández, Jensen, Medendorp, Toni, van Opstal, Murre, Ramsey, Schiller, Formisano), and numerous VIDIs and ERC starting grants. The proposal has representatives from eight universities and one research institute within the Netherlands. These are Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN), University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Maastricht (UM), Leiden University (LU), Utrecht University (UU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), University of Twente (UT), Tilburg University (TiU), and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI). The applicant and co-applicants are internationally highly visible scientists in their respective fields. Moreover they are from institutes which are highly ranked internationally, such as the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (University of Amsterdam), the Centre for Language Studies (Radboud University Nijmegen) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Radboud University Nijmegen). In addition, the consortium provides state-of-the-art research facilities. Together, this consortium realizes both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world.  In addition to the excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, the research team consists of researchers with excellence in the complex research methods that will be invoked to address the scientific questions at the highest level of methodological sophistication. These include methods from genetics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and patient-related research. Moreover, experts in utilization of knowledge acquired in the relevant fields are part of our team as well. Next to the applicant and the co-applicants, our research team consists of 36 Principal Investigators. These Principal Investigators are distributed over seven so-called Work Packages (WPs).

Each of the 7 WPs hereby advertised one postdoctoral position. This postdoctoral position will be for three years in the first instance, with a possible extension for two more years.  Duties will include coordination of Work Package activities (together with the WP leaders) and development of an independent research programme within the framework of the WP, and may include supervision of PhD students.  The position provides the opportunity for doing world-class research as a key member of an interdisciplinary team, and for acquiring experience in the management of a research group.  

Requirements for the postdoctoral positions are:

               - a PhD in any relevant field

               - excellent scientific track record

               - excellent organizational and communicative skills

               - strong motivation

               - excellent skills in written and spoken English

 

Each WP postdoctoral position has its own requirements and profile, which are specified below. The appointment will be in one of the home institutions of the consortium, depending on the research profile of the postdoctoral researcher. In all participating institutions the research is conducted in an international environment by researchers from a large number of countries.

 

WP 1: Speech perception and production in interaction.

 We seek a postdoctoral fellow with an established research profile that fits the main goals of WP1.  These goals are (i) to understand the interplay between perceptual and motor processes in speech through innovative linkage of neural, psychological and linguistic levels of analysis and (ii) to specify the balance between what is language universal and what is language specific in speech processing.  Key questions include (a) Are our auditory and motor cortices speech ready? (b) How does feedback support processing in speaking and in listening? (c) How do perception and production interact?

WP1 will bring together expertise in the neurobiological foundations of perceptual and motor processes with psycholinguistic expertise in the perception and production of speech.  The postdoctoral fellow would ideally have prior experience in bridging across these domains and should certainly be willing and able to engage in and stimulate interdisciplinary integration.  The candidate should have as many as possible of the following: training in speech science, psycholinguistics and/or cognitive neuroscience; expertise in behavioural, computational and/or neuroscientific methods; and interests in linking speech perception to speech production.

Contact information:  Prof. James McQueen, [email protected]

 

WP2:  Semantic and conceptual basis of language

Memory structures underlie semantic content and conceptual knowledge of language users. The language system builds on existing memory structures, which co-determine the organization of linguistic knowledge. This work package plans to investigate interactions between the linguistic and mnemonic domains, with a special emphasis on the development of memory in its entanglement with linguistic behaviour.  We are looking for an outgoing, interdisciplinary postdoctoral researcher who can bridge the gap between semantic modelling, computational paradigms for cognition, and functional neuroimaging. Knowledge of cross-linguistic differences in semantic systems or behavioural studies of language users would be an advantage. The ideal candidate has expertise in applying state of the art semantic and/or computational models to functional neuroimaging data. Working with our group of logical semanticists, cognitive psychologists, and neuroscientists, he/she will investigate and develop state of the art semantic-computational models with a view to neurobiological plausibility, which will generate predictions that can be used to analyse neuroimaging data.

Contact information: Prof. Guillén Fernández, [email protected]

 

WP 3: Compositionality and contextuality

One of the major challenges in understanding the language system is to unify abstract computational level descriptions and neurobiologically plausible network implementations of the combinatorial aspects of language processing. The postdoctoral researcher in this workpackage is expected to bridge the gap between computational modelling and experimental neuroscience. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in formal and computational modelling at the level of sentence processing (and beyond) who has also experimental skills and neurobiological expertise. You will develop and investigate computational models with neurobiological plausibility (e.g., spiking recurrent networks), which are used to generate specific predictions about the processing steps involved in sentence processing and about their neurobiological instantiation in the brain. The successful candidate will connect formal analysis and computational accounts with empirical studies on binding in the language domain. Current computational approaches (e.g., data-oriented parsing, logic programming or unification-based models) will have to be translated into accounts with a stronger connection to the brain and should be unified with current theories on neural processing.

Contact information: Prof. Rens Bod, [email protected]

 

WP4: Language in action

Language interacts with other cognitive functions such as perception, action, and cognitive control. Moreover, language is situated in a highly dynamic context provided by multimodal sources of information. The objective of this WP is to understand language processing and its variability during social interactions in its multimodal settings. We aim to achieve a better understanding of the cognitive and neural infrastructures involved in language use in social context, which requires establishing common ground and action coordination. We look for a postdoctoral researcher whose main interests and expertise include topics such as multi-modal integration, simulations of action and goals and/or cognitive control. Methodological expertise should include computational, experimental, observational, neurobiological and/or developmental approaches preferably within the language and/or action domain.

Contact information: Prof. Asli Ozyurek,  [email protected]

 

WP5: Language evolution and diversity

The goal of this WP is to contribute to a better understanding of the biological underpinnings of linguistic universality as well as diversity, both at the population level (between languages and between species) and at the individual level (within a language). We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in this area. The preferred area of specialization is evolutionary modelling of language with respect to diversity in communication. Other possible areas of expertise may include language diversity, individual differences in language abilities, animal communication, and genetic influences on speech and language.

Contact information: Prof. Pieter Muysken, [email protected]

 

WP6: Toolkit

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a strong technical background, ideally in developing Neuroimaging Analysis Methods for integrating genetics with brain imaging approaches (e.g. MRI, fMRI, and MEG). The main task of the post-doctoral position is to develop and apply innovative analysis methods for linking complex genome-wide association data and neuroimaging data within a statistical framework. The successful candidate will have experience in relevant research areas, a track record of high-quality reviewed journal publications, strong experience in programming,  ability to work in a team, and in sharing technical know-how and ideas. It would be desirable if the candidate has experience in Medical Imaging (e.g. NeuroImaging) technical research, in computational modelling of the brain, in machine learning and/or statistical methods.

Contact information: Prof. Jan Buitelaar, [email protected]

 

WP7: Utilization

We seek an enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary researcher with a keen interest to help translate scientific discoveries into practical applications and to generate different kinds of value for society. Within the university environment you will help to build ICT and other services needed to speed and ease this process. You are required to help build awareness, translate ideas into demos and apps, therapies or services.  The job entails project management of developers and coaching and advising of fellow scientists. Preferably you have experience with public-private co-operations, national and European grant schemes, clinical applications of neuroscience, and hopefully you bring a network of industry contacts. Next to managing the wide range of utilization activities in the project, there is a possibility to actively take part in a few of the developments, preferably around mobile applications (Apps) or web services. The candidate has a backgound in computer science, e-science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, computational modelling, or experience in programming languages and practices for mobile platforms and/or web.

Contact information: Prof. Peter Desain, [email protected]

 

What we offer:

               - full-time postdoctoral research positions

               - salary dependent on experience, gross salary between € 3.227 and € 4.778

               - starting date preferably September 2013

               - the primary workplace will be determined in agreement with your profile

 

Applications should include:

            - a cover letter specifying the specific WP to which you are applying, your motivation, research experience, interests & plans

            - a curriculum vitae

            - a list of publications

            - the names of two persons who can provide references

 

The deadline for applications:  May 15, 2013

Applications should be sent electronically to:

Prof. Peter Hagoort

Radboud University Nijmegen

[email protected]

  

Postdoctoral Positions--Department of Neurology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York

Two NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Kristina Simonyan in the Department of Neurology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. The research emphases of the laboratory is on understanding the brain mechanisms of normal and disordered voice and speech production as well as identifying the neurological correlates of primary focal dystonias using a multi-modal neuroimaging approach (fMRI, DTI, high-resolution MRI, PET). The specific project will involve understanding of brain abnormalities associated with genetic risk factors in patients with spasmodic dysphonia (or laryngeal dystonia) using a combination of structural and functional neuroimaging techniques, genetic analysis, clinico-behavioral testing, and genetic testing. The postdoctoral fellow will function as part of a multi-disciplinary team of neuroscientists, geneticists and clinicians.

 

Minimal qualifications include PhD or MD/PhD in Neuroscience, Communication Sciences or other relevant areas of biomedical research. Solid knowledge of image processing using computational (e.g., Linux, MATLAB) and statistical (e.g., AFNI, FSL, SPM) methods is a plus. The candidate should be independent, self-motivated, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, related publication records, and sufficient experience in neuroimaging, neurological and/or communication disorders.

 

Mount Sinai Medical Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We recognize the power and importance of a diverse employee population and strongly encourage applicants with various experiences and backgrounds.

 

Inquires, including candidate's CV and brief description of research experience and interests, should be sent to Dr. Kristina Simonyan at [email protected]

 

Two Postdoctoral Fellowships, Institute for Mind and Brain, University of South Carolina

Postdoctoral Fellow: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language

A post-doctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Rutvik Desai at the University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology. The lab focuses on cognitive neuroscience of language, semantic memory, and embodiment using fMRI, TMS, patient studies, and computational modeling.

 

Postdoctoral Fellow: Cognitive Neuroscience of Visual Cognition

A post-doctoral research position is available in John Henderson's Visual Cognition Lab. The lab focuses on eye movements, attention, and visual cognition in scene perception and reading using co-registration of eye movements with fMRI, EEG, TMS, tDCS, along with computational modeling.

 

The Fellows will have an exciting opportunity to pursue collaborative and self-directed projects at one of the premier cognitive neuroscience centers in the country, the new Institute for Mind and Brain (http://mindandbrain.sc.edu/). Successful candidates will have the opportunity to interact with a large and vibrant cognitive neuroimaging community of faculty, post-docs, and students. In addition to excellent fMRI, TMS, tDCS, and EEG facilities, three state of the art eyetrackers are available. One is interfaced with the 3T Siemens Trio scanner, one with high-density EEG, and the third is stand-alone.

 

Candidates with a PhD in any of the cognitive sciences broadly defined (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or a related field) are welcome to apply. A research background in cognitive science/cognitive neuroscience of language (for the language position) or vision and attention (for the visual cognition position) is required. Experience with one or more of fMRI, eyetracking, lesion-symptom mapping, behavioral testing or imaging of patient populations or children, TMS, computational modeling, or machine learning is highly desirable. Salary will be at NIH post-doctoral rates and commensurate with experience. Initial appointments will be for two years with opportunity for extension to three years.

 

For the language position, applications should be sent to SCDeLab at gmail dot com. For the visual cognition position, applications should be sent to john dot henderson at sc dot edu. Applications should include CV, brief statement of research interests, relevant publications, and names of three referees (who will be asked for a reference letter if necessary). The starting date is flexible, but earlier is better. Applications will be assessed as they arrive.

 

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

 

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience at Georgetown University

The Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery and the laboratory of Professor Elissa Newport, director, are seeking a postdoctoral fellow capable of taking a leadership role in a new line of research focused on language, cognitive, and motor development after perinatal stroke, as compared with recovery of the same functions in adults after stroke to similar cortical areas.  The research involves longitudinal research, observing and testing infants and young children who have suffered a perinatal stroke to the left or right hemisphere; and cross-sectional research, observing and testing older children and young adults who have grown up after the same type of stroke, or adults who have experienced a comparable stroke during adulthood.  Our aim is understand how reorganization of cortical functions occurs after stroke early versus late in life.  The research will involve both behavioral and fMRI tasks, with a particular focus on fMRI and DTI analyses in both children and adults.  Our research team includes developmental cognitive scientists and cognitive neuroscientists, adult and pediatric stroke neurologists, and experts in fMRI with children and adults.  Candidates with experience in both language/cognitive development and fMRI research are preferred.  The research will take place at Georgetown University Medical Center, Children's National Medical Center, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, all in Washington DC and all affiliated within the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery.  Start date is anytime from January through July 2013, whenever a top candidate is identified.

  

Interested applicants should submit a CV and statement of research interests and background, and request 3 letters of recommendation, sent to Professor Elissa L. Newport, Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, Georgetown University, at [email protected].

 

Program Coordinator Position

 

Research Program Coordinator--The Neuroplasticity and Development Lab at Johns Hopkins

The Neuroplasticity and Development Lab at Johns Hopkins invites applicants for the position of Research Program Coordinator to start July 2013.  


The Neuroplasticity and Development Lab in the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences uses cognitive neuroscience (e.g. fMRI, TMS) and behavioral methods to investigate how developmental experience shapes the human mind and brain. For more information about our lab please visit: 

http://pbs.jhu.edu/research/bedny/


Responsibilities: The Research Program Coordinator will have ample opportunity to participate in all elements of the scientific process. Key responsibilities will include: coding of stimulus presentation, behavioral and fMRI data collection, neuroimaging data analysis, construction and maintenance of fMRI analysis infrastructure, preparation of IRB protocols, as general lab management. 

 

Requirements: A bachelors degree and an interest in cognitive neuroscience and/or cognitive psychology. Strong computer programming skills (knowledge of Matlab, shell scripting and/or python preferred). Familiarity with any of the following tools is a plus: FSL, Freesurfer, SPSS, JPM, and/or R. Previous research experience is strongly preferred. 


To Apply: For more information and to apply please contact the lab director Dr. Marina Bedny at 

[email protected] Applications should include a cover letter specifying experience and names and emails of references.

 

Applicants can also visit http://jobs.jhu.edu/ to use the Find Your New Job feature to review the complete job description and the Career Cart feature to apply for position # 56165.  The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.  All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

 

Advanced Degree Programs

 

Doctoral Training--The Erasmus Mundus Program "International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain" (IDEALAB) 

The Erasmus Mundus Program has been established as an outstanding 3-year doctoral training. Its primary focus is on language acquisition and disorders integrating interdisciplinary approaches.

 

Application will be open from September to November 15th 2013 to start the programme in September 2014.

 

Four European universities  (Potsdam (GER),Groningen (NL), Newcastle- upon-Tyne (GB), Trento/Rovereto (IT)) and one non-European university (Macquarie University Sydney (AU)) provide an intellectual environment for original and independent research on experimental and clinical aspects of language and the brain.  Associated members from Research & Development industries contribute in various ways to the program and stimulate an innovative environment. They are potential co-supervisors and are involved in training.  Finally, there are seven clinics associated to the consortium, amongst others the non-European rehabilitation center in Moscow which is the world's largest centre for language disorders in the world. The associated clinics provide internships to study unimpaired as well as impaired language of children and adults.

 

The program is jointly offered by a transnational consortium with an integrated study program along with required mobility between the participating institutions. The mobility plan of each individual young researcher is tailored according to the particular specialities required by the thesis topic.

 

The application period ends on November 15, 2013.  Information can be found at our website:  

http://em-idealab.com/index.html

 

For further inquiries, please contact:

Anja Papke

University of Potsdam

Department of Linguistics

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25

14476 Potsdam

Tel. +49 331 977-2747

Fax  +49 331 977-2095

[email protected]

 

PhD Position--The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS)

The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS) in Leipzig and its newly established Otto Hahn Group on the "Neural Bases of Intonation in Speech", led by Daniela Sammler, are now offering a PhD position for 3 years in a research project on social aspects of prosody perception in speech using fMRI, MEG and/or TMS.

 

There is much more to human communication than the (de)coding of the explicit, propositional meaning of a vocal speech signal. Between the lines, the vocal output reveals a lot about the speakers' believes, attitudes (e.g., sympathy, dominance), and communicative intentions (e.g., to warn, to request, to command, to tease). Much of such implicit, illocutionary meaning is conveyed by the "manner of saying", i.e. the speech prosody, and the interpretation of those subtleties involves a lot of pragmatic inference. There is growing evidence that this latter faculty is distinct from our language abilities such as phonology, syntax and semantics, making it reasonable to assume the involvement of brain areas beyond the well-known fronto-temporal language network in human vocal communication. The goal of the PhD project is to investigate the neural bases of decoding communicative intentions conveyed by prosody (i.e. HOW something is said) in contrast to and in interaction with the decoding of propositional meaning (i.e. WHAT is said).

 

Applicants must have a master degree (or equivalent) in psychology, cognitive sciences, neuroscience, medicine, linguistics, or a related field. Proficiency in oral and written English is necessary. A solid methods background (statistics and programming) as well as prior experience with either fMRI or EEG/MEG are highly desirable. Most importantly, the successful applicant will share our enthusiasm in research questions on prosody and the social brain in vocal communication.

 

Preferable starting date is July 2013. Salary is dependent on experience and based on MPI stipends or equivalent salary according to German Public service regulations.

 

The research will be conducted at the MPI-CBS in Leipzig, Germany, an internationally leading center for cognitive and imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7T MRI scanner, three 3T MRI scanners, a 306 channels MEG system, a TMS system and several EEG suites. All facilities are supported by experienced IT and physicist staff. Our institute (just 190 km or 70 minutes by train, south of Berlin) offers a very international environment, with English and German being the languages spoken in the laboratory. It offers a friendly and generous environment of researchers with diverse backgrounds and with an excellent infrastructure.

 

In order to increase the proportion of female staff members, applications from female scientists are particularly encouraged. Preference will be given to disabled persons with the same qualification.

 

Applications should be sent to the email below as a single, appropriately named pdf email attachment. It should enclose a cover letter (max. 2 pages) that also specifies your future research interests; a CV; up to three representative reprints; and contact details of two personal references. This call remains open until the position is filled. The application should be kindly sent to [email protected] using the code "PhD 3/13" in the subject.

 

For further details please contact Dr Daniela Sammler, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, [email protected]

 

Master in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language - BCBL, 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. The duration of the program is one academic year with 60 ECTS credits. The 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.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

- Application submitted online from March to May, 2013 (exact dates to be confirmed)
- Notification of the Master's admissions board's decision: JUNE 2013
- Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate in the program by MONDAY, 15 JULY 2013

For detailed information, please visit www.bcbl.eu

SCHOLARSHIPS

12 scholarships are available at the BCBL for one year. The scholarships cover the program tuition and a monthly financial aid of 600€. Scholarships will be awarded by the BCBL based on the candidates' profile and CV. All received applications will be considered for scholarships, so no additional application is required.

 

 

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