December 2012

 

 



 

Holiday long

The Society for the Neurobiology of Language wishes all of our members, sponsors, & friends a Happy Holiday Season. We thank you for supporting SNL in 2012!

 

SurveyNLC 2012 Survey

Thanks again to those of you who attended our first ever European conference. Donostia-San Sebastián did not disappoint in its beauty, gastronomy and hospitality.

 

We value your input and invite you to participate in a short survey. Your feedback will help us improve the Society and conference in future years. Thanks in advance for your participation.  Take the survey now..

 

NLC2013NLC Heads to California in 2013! 

San Diego Beach 

NLC 2013 will take place in sunny San Diego, California on November 7-9, 2013. San Diego, with its near-perfect weather, is a popular meeting destination.  The city is known for its breathtaking beauty and multitude of recreational and cultural activities. This vibrant, cosmopolitan center, which is the United States' eighth-largest city, has so much to offer. We hope you'll plan on joining us for NLC 2013 San Diego!

 

Last year's attendee survey revealed that SNL members wished NLC to be extended by a ½ day. Let your thoughts be heard --Take the 2012 NLC Survey and vote on the duration you think NLC 2013 should be.

Future Conferences   

NLC 2013

 November 7-9, 2013

San Diego, California, USA

 

NLC 2014

 Amsterdam 

 

In This Issue    

  NLC 2012 Survey

 

NLC 2013--San Diego

 

 Job Postings & Announcements 

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JobPostingsJob Postings and Announcements 

  

Postdoctoral Research Fellow--University of York, UK

The Department is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to work on a grant recently awarded to Dr. Beth Jefferies and Prof. Matthew Lambon Ralph, which examines rehabilitation of comprehension deficits following stroke or brain injury.

 

The project, funded by the Stroke Association, is entitled Direct current stimulation and rehabilitation of comprehension deficits in stroke aphasia. You will employ different transcranial direct current stimultation (tDCS) methods and compare their effectiveness, by assessing performance of stroke and/or brain injury patients during semantic comprehension tasks before and after tDCS. You will also assess the effects of tDCS by recording participants' responses in fMRI. This is a large-scale study which involves recruiting stroke and brain injury patients from around North Yorkshire, plus collaboration with a team from the University of Manchester.  Given the nature of the work, you must be willing to travel, including to remote and varied locations.

 

This post is suitable for someone with a PhD in Psychology, communication disorders or a related area. Although all relevant training can be provided, it is anticipated that you will have experience of at least one of the experimental/neuroscientific methods employed in the projects, and a track-record of research within the field of language, memory or cognition, preferably including neuropsychological approaches. You will join a lively and well-funded research group investigating the neural basis of semantic cognition and language, comprising several postdoctoral research fellows and PhD students working with Dr. Beth Jefferies.  You will also work alongside staff in the York Neuroimaging Centre and will interact more broadly with members of our psycholinguistics research group (www.york.ac.uk/res/prg/). You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the research project and must be able to work independently and as part of a team.

 

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Beth Jefferies (Tel: 01904 324368; email: [email protected]).

 

Salary £29,541 to £36,298 per annum.  This post is available from 1st January 2013 for up to three years. The post will be offered subject to Enhanced disclosure record from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

 

Closing date: Sunday 20th January 2013 (midnight).

 

For further information and to apply on-line, please visit our website: https://jobs.york.ac.uk  Alternatively contact HR Services on +44 (0)1904 324835.

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity.  

 

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor--The George Washington University

The Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant or associate professor level (depending on experience and qualifications for tenure) in multi-modal and/or pragmatic aspects of communication, broadly defined, starting August 1, 2013. Assistant professor candidates will show potential for developing an independent research program in the candidate's area of expertise. Associate professor candidates should have a demonstrated record of research excellence as well as leadership in the profession. For either rank, responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and participating in departmental and university service.  

 

The review of applications will begin January 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

 

Basic Qualifications: Applicant must have a Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience or closely related area by August 1, 2013 and evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching.

 

To Apply: Please complete an online faculty application at http://www.gwu.jobs/postings/12185 and submit (i) a brief cover letter along with (ii) teaching and research statements, (iii) a curriculum vita (CV), and (iv) copies of no more than three representative scholarly publications. Please have three letters of reference sent to Francys Subiaul, Search Committee Chair, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, 2115 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052 (202-994-7208; [email protected]). Only completed applications will be considered.

 

The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. The University and the department seek to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

 

Administrator, Science of Learning Initiative--Johns Hopkins University

Title:  Administrator - Science of Learning Initiative

Status:  Full Time

Personnel Area:  University Administration

Org Unit:  Office of the Provost and Sr. VP for Academic Affairs

Location:  3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Approximate Starting Salary:  $54,000-$75,000 (Commensurate with experience) 

 

General Description:  The primary duties and responsibilities of the Administrator consist of planning and oversight of strategic planning activities for the Science of Learning Institute, led within the Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. This position will work with the leader of this initiative and the steering committee in developing and implementing strategic planning, communicating between leaders of committees as needed, articulating process, structure and goals, as well as coordinating meetings, presentations and other activities. This position will also design and implement processes relating to grant Requests for Application; manage budgetary matters relating to these; develop and implement active websites in conjunction with the relevant communities. The Administrator will coordinate the development of collaborative projects and initiatives for faculty leaders across the university. The Administrator will prepare a variety of written communications related to the planning process, including but not limited to presentations, reports and high-level correspondence.  

For additional information about the position and to apply, visit http://jobs.jhu.edu. Locate Job #55067 and click "Apply." 

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's or Ph.D. degree preferred.
  • Science background preferred, especially in areas of Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or related fields.
  • Five years related experience, with a minimum of three years experience in higher education administration or policy.

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.

  

Post-Doctoral Positions--New York University Abu Dhabi

Applications are solicited for two post-doctoral positions in Psychology at New York University Abu Dhabi to conduct behavioral and MEG/EEG research on written and spoken language comprehension. The postdoctoral researchers will work directly with Dr. Diogo Almeida in Abu Dhabi as a part of the NYU Neuroscience of Language team, which includes Drs. Alec Marantz, Liina Pylkkanen and David Poeppel at NYU - New York.

  

The main responsibilities will be to implement research projects and to explore ways to leverage the unique participant populations of varied linguistic backgrounds in the UAE to study questions about linguistic knowledge and language processing.

  

The post-docs will have access to a state-of-the-art 200 channel MEG system equipped with a 32 electrode EEG recording system. Technical support to the MEG lab is provided. The lab is also equipped with behavioral testing facilities and a stand-alone EEG system.

  

Applicants should have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, or a related field, and demonstrated experience conducting language processing research. International applicants are encouraged, and experience in cross-linguistic work in Arabic or other Middle Eastern and East Asian languages is especially welcome. The ideal candidate will have experience with electrophysiology (MEG or EEG) and should be comfortable with, or ready to master, MATLAB-, and R-based analysis tools. The candidate must be highly motivated and creative, capable of working independently, and excited to build a dynamic, startup-like work environment.

  

The application should contain a statement of research interests, a CV, relevant manuscripts or publications, and 3 letters of reference.  Please visit our website at:

https://nyuad.nyu.edu/about/careers/faculty-positions.html for instructions and other information on how to apply.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Dr. Diogo Almeida at [email protected]

  

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment will be for one year beginning in spring 2013, with possibility of multi-year renewal based on performance and productivity.

Salary and benefits: competitive salary and benefits, including relocation, housing, and education, are offered.

  

NYU Abu Dhabi is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

  

Postdoctoral Position--BCBL (Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language) 

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) is offering a postdoctoral position to work on a project financed by the European Research Council (Advanced grant; PI Prof. Manuel Carreiras) that will explore reading skills and neural correlates in bilingual children.

 

The aim of the research project is to identify the changes in neural activity that take place in the course of learning to read in a first (L1) and in a second (L2) language. The project will employ a longitudinal design. Children will be recruited before they learn to read in L1 and in L2, and reading development will be tracked with both cognitive and neuroimaging (MEG/EEG, fMRI, DTI) measures over 24 months. Cohorts will be recruited in several parts of Spain and France to test Basque/Spanish and Basque/French children as well as Spanish and French monolingual children.

  

The postdoctoral fellow will be in charge of coordinating part of the project, working directly with a PhD student and research assistants. We are looking for a cognitive neuroscientist or experimental psychologist with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas. Strong knowledge on reading acquisition and bilingualism and expertise in developmental investigation are required. Expertise in EEG, MEG and/or fMRI would be appreciated. Candidates should have a strong publication track record.

  

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 an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs.  There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The position has a term of appointment of 2 years with possible renewal.  

 

Individuals interested in undertaking research in this field should send CV and two recommendation letters to Leire Arietaleanizbeascoa (email: [email protected]).


Deadline December 31st 

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

  

Two PhD Positions--BCBL (Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language) 

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) is offering two PhD positions to work on a project financed by the European Research Council (Advanced grant; PI Prof. Manuel Carreiras) that will explore reading skills and neural correlates in bilingual children.

 

The aim of the research project is to identify the changes in neural activity that take place in the course of learning to read in a first (L1) and in a second (L2) language. The project will employ a longitudinal design. Children will be recruited before they learn to read in L1 and in L2, and reading development will be tracked with both cognitive and neuroimaging (MEG/EEG, fMRI, DTI) measures over 24 months. Cohorts will be recruited in several parts of Spain and France to test Basque/Spanish and Basque/French children as well as Spanish and French monolingual children.

  

The PhD fellows will be in charge of designing and running experimental series of the project, with direct supervision from a postdoctoral fellow and a staff scientist.  We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas. Knowledge on reading acquisition and bilingualism and expertise in developmental investigation are required. Familiarity with EEG, MEG and/or fMRI will be positively valued.

 

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 an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs.  There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The positions have a term of appointment of 3 years.

 

Individuals interested in undertaking research in this field should send CV and two recommendation letters to Leire Arietaleanizbeascoa (email: [email protected]).

  

Deadline December 31st 

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

  

Call For Papers--Frontiers in Psychology, Research Topic "Mind what you say - general and specific mechanisms for monitoring in speech production"

In collaboration with Frontiers in Psychology, we are currently organizing a Research Topic, "Mind what you say - general and specific mechanisms for monitoring in speech production." We welcome contributions from SNL members. 

 

The proposed structure of this Research Topic is provided below:

Host Specialty: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 

Research Topic Title: Mind what you say - general and specific mechanisms for monitoring in speech production 

Topic Editor(s): Greig de Zubicaray, Daniel Acheson, Robert Hartsuiker 

Description: Psycholinguistic research has typically portrayed speech production as a relatively automatic process. This is because when errors are made, they occur as seldom as one in every thousand words we utter. However, it has long been recognised that we need some form of control over what we are currently saying and what we plan to say. This capacity to both monitor our inner speech and self-correct our speech output has often been assumed to be a property of the language comprehension system. More recently, it has been demonstrated that speech production benefits from interfacing with more general cognitive processes such as selective attention, short-term memory (STM) and online response monitoring to resolve potential conflict and successfully produce the output of a verbal plan. <br /> <br />The conditions and levels of representation according to which these more general planning, monitoring and control processes are engaged during speech production remain poorly understood. Moreover, there remains a paucity of information about their neural substrates, despite some of the first evidence of more general monitoring having come from electrophysiological studies of error related negativities (ERNs). While aphasic speech errors continue to be a rich source of information, there has been comparatively little research focus on instances of speech repair. The purpose of this Frontiers Research Topic is to provide a forum for researchers to contribute investigations employing behavioural, neuropsychological, electrophysiological, neuroimaging and virtual lesioning techniques. In addition, while the focus of the research topic is on novel findings, we welcome submission of computational simulations, review articles and methods papers.


Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb 02, 2013
Article Submission Deadline: Jun 01, 2013

Frontiers Research Topics are designed to be an organized, encyclopedic coverage of a particular research area, and a forum for discussion and debate. Contributions can be of different article types (Original Research, Methods, Hypothesis & Theory, and others). Our Research Topic has a dedicated homepage on the Frontiers website, where contributing articles are accumulated and discussions can be easily held. Once all articles are published, the topic will be compiled into an e-book, which can be sent to foundations that fund your research, to journalists and press agencies, and to any number of other organizations. As the ultimate reference source from leading scientists, Frontiers Research Topic articles become highly cited.


Frontiers is a Swiss-based, open access publisher. As such an article accepted for publication incurs a publishing fee, which varies depending on the article type. The publishing fee for accepted articles is below average compared to most other open access journals - and lower than subscription-based journals that apply page and color figure charges. Moreover, for Research Topic articles, the publishing fee is discounted quite steeply thanks to the support of the Frontiers Research Foundation. Details on Frontiers' fees can be found at http://www.frontiersin.org/about/PublishingFees. 

When published, your article will be freely available to visitors to the Frontiers site, and will be indexed in PubMed and other academic archives. As an author in Frontiers, you will retain the copyright to your own paper and all figures.

For more information about this topic and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, please visit: 
http://www.frontiersin.org/Human_Neuroscience/researchtopics/Mind_what_you_say_-_general_an/1197

Should you choose to participate, please confirm by sending us a quick email via the link above and then your abstract no later than Feb 02, 2013.
Guest Associate Editors, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (www.frontiersin.org) 

 

NLC2012SAVE THE DATE for NLC 2013

San Diego, California, USA 

November 7 - 9, 2013

San Diego by Night

 

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