August 2017 





The Inner Harbor, Baltimore 


Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Student Travel and Merit Awards!


Graduate Student Abstract Merit Awards

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta, New York University, USA

Kiefer Forseth, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, USA


Post Doctoral Abstract Merit Awards

Claudia Männel, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of Leipzig, Germany

Dorian Pustina, University of Pennsylvania, USA


Travel Awards

Jane Aristia, University of Lille, France

Jose Ceballos, University of Washington, USA

Kulpreet Cheema, University of Alberta, Canada

Linda Drijvers, Donders Institute, Radboud University, The Netherlands

Giulia Elli, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Sahura Ertuğrul, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Danielle Fahey, University of South Carolina, USA

Xiaoping Fang, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Emilia Fló Rama, Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Rachida Ganga, Utrecht Institute of Language, The Netherlands

Ezequiel Gleichgerrcht, Medical University of South Carolina, USA

Jixing Li, Cornell University, USA

Linda Lönnqvist, University of Helsinki, Finland

Laura Morett, University of Alabama, USA

Emma Nguyen, University of Connecticut, USA

Andrea Olguin, University of Cambridge, UK

Claudia Peñaloza, Boston University, USA

Eleni Peristeri, Aristotle University, Greece

Anujan Poologaindran, University of British Columbia, Canada

Yanina Prystauka, University of Connecticut, USA

Rachel Romeo, Harvard University & MIT, USA

Roy Seo, University of Washington, USA

Christine Tseng, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Robert Wiley, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Marina Zhukova, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

Naama Zur, University of Haifa, Israel 


SNL 2017

 November 8-10, 2017  

Baltimore, Maryland   




In This Issue 




Upcoming Dates

August 23rd 

Board of Directors Nominations Open 


August 24th 

Early Registration Deadline

September 28th
Board of Directors Election Opens

October 7th  

Deadline for Special Hotel Room Rates 






 Job Postings & Announcements


 If you have a job posting, general announcement, conference or workshop posting that you would like to include in the SNL Newsletter, 

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Staircase at the Peabody Institute

Stuart Frantz, photographer



Only Days Left to Take Advantage of the Early Registration Rates  


The Ninth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language will be held from November 8 - 10, 2017 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in the beautiful city of Baltimore, Maryland.

To take advantage of the discounted Early Registration Rates, you must register by August 24, 2017.


An SNL Account is required for conference registration. If you do not yet have an SNL Account, please Create An Account. If you already have an SNL Account, please Login to register. 

For more information about SNL 2017, go to Conference Information on the SNL website. 



Make Your Hotel Reservation Today    


For the convenience of our conference attendees, SNL has arranged special room rates at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel for $209 per night. The following room types are available:

Terrace at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel 


Standard "Run of House" room

Single or double: $209  

Triple: $229 

Quad: $249

These special rates are available 3 days prior and 3 days after the SNL meeting dates, subject to availability. Book your reservation today at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. 

The deadline to reserve a room is October 7, 2017, based on availability.


JobPostingJob Postings and Announcements


BrainsCAN, Western University 

10 Postdoctoral Fellowships

Up to 10 BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded in the Autumn 2017 competition, to highly qualified individuals from any country who have received their PhDs within the last 6 years. Depending on prior experience, awards will be offered for 2 years (Tier II) or 3 years (Tier I), renewable, with annual salary ranging from $55,000-$75,000 CAD (plus benefits) depending on Tier and on other funding. Benefits include Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, a health care spending account (to cover eye and dental care, prescriptions, etc), parental leave, and Western's mentorship and professional development program for postdoctoral scholars, Competitive Edge (

Successful candidates will be given an independent research/travel allowance of $3000-$5000 per year (depending on Tier), and Tier I recipients will also have access to apply for internal BrainsCAN operating fund of over $12M for innovative research. Eligible research will contribute to a better understanding of brain organization and function in health, and/or in brain diseases or disorders.

Applicants must identify and contact potential advisors at Western before applying. An interdisciplinary, collaborative approach, involving affiliation with more than one lab is strongly encouraged to broaden the skill set of the applicant.

The application deadline for the initial competition is September 1, 2017 11:59 EDT, with successful candidates taking up their award no later than Oct 2018. Further information about this funding opportunity and application forms can be found at: Western's School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies assists prospective and new postdoctoral scholars and their families with their transition to the University and to London, Ontario.

BrainsCAN endeavours to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration by removing the financial and
technical barriers to using our major cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging infrastructure. Postdoctoral Fellows will have access to 5 BrainsCAN-supported core facilities: (1) Imaging, (2) Rodent Models of Cognition and Behaviour, (3) Non-Human Primate Models of Cognition and Behaviour, (4) Human Cognition and Sensorimotor control, and (5) Computational. Skilled staff within these cores support state-of-the-art technical equipment including high and ultra-high field, research-only, MRI scanners (3T, 7T, and 9.4T), laboratories for cognitive, behavioural, and electrophysiological testing in humans and animal models, advanced molecular techniques including opto- and chemogenetics, a sleep laboratory, and access to a large neurological patient population in affiliated teaching hospitals.



University of Connecticut 

Technical Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center

Research Assistant III / Research Associate I


The University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time position of Technical Director of UConn's Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC). The Technical Director is responsible for the development and maintenance of the BIRC's technology infrastructure, and will contribute to day-to-day operations. Rank and salary will be commensurate with degree and experience. The BIRC's focus is on cognitive neuroscience research using functional MRI.


To Apply: Interested applicants should view the full ad and application instructions at Please send inquiries to Inge-Marie Eigsti, Ph.D., Chair of Search #2017355, Department of Psychological Sciences, U-1020, 406 Babbidge Road, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-1020; [email protected]. Applications are preferred by August 15, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled.


The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.



Vanderbilt University, Language Neuroscience Lab 

Postdoctoral Position


A postdoctoral position is available in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory (PI: Stephen M. Wilson, Ph.D.) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The successful applicant will play a key role on NIH-funded research projects investigating the functional reorganization of language processing in individuals with post-stroke aphasia.

A Ph.D. is required in a relevant field, such as Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The ideal candidate will have experience in conducting neuroimaging studies related to speech or language. A record of research productivity is highly desirable. Programming skills are also desirable.

Research in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory is focused on investigating the neural basis of language function, understanding how language breaks down in patients with different kinds of aphasia, and identifying patterns of neuroplasticity that can support recovery over time. Our approach combines multimodal neuroimaging with quantitative assessments of language function. Our work is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Vanderbilt University provides an excellent environment for our research program. The Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (director: John Gore, Ph.D.) is a state-of-the-art facility with two 3T scanners and one 7T scanner, and there are numerous investigators at Vanderbilt carrying out innovative cognitive neuroscience research. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers top-ranked graduate education in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and provides clinical care to thousands of individuals with communication disorders. We work closely with colleagues at the Vanderbilt Stroke Center (director: Howard Kirshner, M.D.), which sees over a thousand patients each year, and the Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (director: Michael de Riesthal, CCC-SLP, Ph.D.). The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with an outstanding group of scientists and clinicians, and to build an independent research program.

Nashville is often rated one of the best places to live and work in the USA, thanks to its vibrant economy, reasonable cost of living, educational opportunities, friendliness, diversity, and renowned live music scene.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, and will be consistent with NIH NRSA stipends. The start date is flexible, and the position is open until filled.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, a CV, up to three representative publications, and contact information for two references, to Stephen M. Wilson <[email protected]>.



University of Connecticut 

Postdoctoral Position 

Qualified individuals are invited to apply for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow position in the Language and Brain Lab (Emily Myers, PI) at the University of Connecticut. This position is supported by an NIH grant on the cognitive neuroscience of speech processing.

The successful candidate will join a team of researchers investigating the neural bases of speech perception using data from fMRI, behavioral data from typical individuals, and data from individuals with acquired language disorders. This candidate will have the opportunity to work on several projects on this grant, and to collaborate with a team of researchers at the University of Connecticut and Brown University.


  1. Ph.D. in Psychology, Speech, Language, and Hearing Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience or related field
  2. Significant research in speech perception, cognitive neuroscience of language, or aphasiology
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills
  4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Any of the following:

  1. Experience with fMRI, EEG, or TMS data collection and analysis
  2. Experience with acoustic analysis of speech or eyetracking
  3. Experience with experimental delivery software such as E-Prime or PsychoPy
  4. Experience working with people with aphasia or other acquired language disorders
  5. Coding skills in Matlab or R


The initial appointment will be one year, renewable after the first year, with preference given to a two-year commitment.

The University of Connecticut has a large and vibrant community of researchers with expertise in speech, language, and hearing.  The Language and Brain lab is situated immediately next door to the Brain Imaging Research Center, equipped with a 3T Siemens Prisma MRI as well as TMS and in-scanner EEG.


Please submit a CV, a letter of intent, and names of three references.  Review of applications will begin immediately. The estimated start date is January 1, 2018 and is negotiable.  Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2017651)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on August 20, 2017.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at



Baylor College of Medicine

3-year Postdoctoral Position


Neuroimaging of Acute to Chronic Stroke


The Schnur laboratory at the Baylor College of Medicine invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship as part of the NIH project "Language and Neural Recovery from Stroke". Our laboratory enrolls participants in the acute phase of stroke for behavioral testing and neuroimaging from the three Houston Texas Medical Center's comprehensive stroke centers. The goal of the project is to understand the neural and cognitive systems which contribute to recovery of language in the year following stroke. We enjoy collaborations with research groups in Houston as well as nationally and internationally. Our laboratory is within a 10-minute walk of patient recruitment sites and 1-minute from our Center for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CAMRI; At CAMRI, we collect quantitative and functional neuroimaging from patients and neurotypical controls on the 3T Siemens Prisma scanner.


Required: The successful candidate should have a PhD in a field related to cognitive neuroscience. Strong expertise in human fMRI and/or quantitative neuroimaging data analysis as evidenced by the Ph.D. thesis and/or publications is required. Desirable additional qualifications include experience in psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, and/or cognitive neuropsychology.


Informal enquiries can be made to Tatiana Schnur ([email protected]). Please apply directly to vacancy #290007DP at In addition, please email the below materials to [email protected] with the subject line: BCM postdoctoral fellowship.

  • a one page cover letter (include specific examples of qualifications for the position, why the position is of interest, and your career goals)
  • CV
  • statement of research interests (including relevant background for this position)
  • the name and email addresses of three references 

Ideally, candidates will begin in Fall/Winter 2017.
Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Equal Access Employer.



Western University, Department of Psychology 

Full-Time Academic Position

Building on significant research strengths in the field of neuroscience, the Department of Psychology at Western University invites applications from exceptional researchers to fill a full-time academic position in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience. Depending upon qualifications and experience, the position will be either probationary (tenure track) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, or tenured at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Western's Department of Psychology is consistently ranked as one of the top psychology departments in Canada and internationally. We are a research-intensive department with a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate education, and have outstanding research facilities. We invite you to visit our website: The successful applicant will become a member of the world-renowned Brain and Mind Institute ( Facilities at Western include a full range of high and ultra-high field, research-only, MRI scanners (3T, 7T, and 9.4T), fully equipped, state of-the-art laboratories for cognitive and behavioural testing in humans and animals, a sleep laboratory, and access to a large neurological patient population in affiliated teaching hospitals. They will also have the opportunity to access Western's fMRI and EEG imaging equipment, and to apply for internal funding through the BrainSCAN Accelerator Internal granting program. Cognitive Neuroscience is a key area of research strength at Western University with more than 30 Principal Investigators and nearly 200 trainees in the Brain and Mind Institute. The university campus is in London, Ontario, a thriving city of 400,000 people located midway between Toronto and Detroit. With parks, river valleys, tree-lined streets, and bicycle paths, London is known as the "Forest City" and boasts galleries, theatre, music and sporting events, and many opportunities for outdoor activities.

We seek to hire faculty members whose research will help define the future of their discipline, and who are committed to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education. Successful applicants must have excellent communication skills and demonstrate collegiality in a comprehensive psychology department.

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree at the time of application and be
internationally recognized for excellence in research. Candidates must have demonstrated an outstanding research record of publishing in the highest quality journals, evidence of research funding success, and supervision of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Successful candidates will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous externally-funded research program, teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate research trainees, and demonstrate a track record of creative, innovative and scientifically rigorous approaches to research.

With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an international reputation for success,
Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.

Applicants are invited to submit:
1) letter of interest
2) curriculum vitae
3) statement of research interests
4) statement of teaching philosophy
5) three publications
6) names and contact information of three references
7) Application for Full-Time Faculty Position Form



Aston University, School of Life and Health Sciences  

Full-Time PhD Studentship 

Using brain imaging to study the transition from effortful to efficient word reading in school-age children

Fully-Funded Full-Time PhD Studentship

School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, UK

Main Supervisor: Dr. Jo Taylor; Associate Supervisors: Dr. Laura Shapiro & Professor Joel Talcott

Closing Date for Applications: 31st August 2017.



BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language

Research Faculty Positions 


RESEARCH FACULTY POSITIONS at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)

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. Individuals interested in undertaking research in the fields described in (research) should apply through the Ikerbasque web page (


Deadline: September 15th, 13:00 CET 

Only researchers with a solid research track, senior level and international research experience are considered.


Support letter from the host institution is mandatory.


For more information, please contact the Director of BCBL, Manuel Carreiras ([email protected]).  



BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language

Research Faculty Position
Postdoctoral Position 

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) has an open research staff position (Staff Scientist) and a postdoctoral position in the area of language acquisition. The Center has a state of the art baby lab, and exceptional access to babies. The bilingual nature of the Basque Country provides an unusual opportunity to study language acquisition.


The Center promotes a rich research environment with minimal 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, the baby lab (including an eyetracker), two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs. There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students).

This faculty position has a term of appointment of 5 years. Candidates should have at least 3-5 years of postdoctoral experience and a very strong publication track record. The postdoctoral position has a term of appointment of 2 years with a potential renewal.


Deadline: September 30th, 2017


We encourage immediate applications as the selection process will be ongoing and the appointment may be made before the deadline.


To submit your application please follow this link:, applying for "BabyLab 2017" and upload:

  1. Your curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000 characters maximun)
  3. The names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of recommendation

For further information about the position, please contact the Director of BCBL, Manuel Carreiras ([email protected]).


SNL 2017
The Society for the Neurobiology of Language