November 8-10, 2017
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University of Pennsylvania
Postdoctoral Position in Speech Comprehension
Grossman Lab at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a motivated
and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to research
projects investigating the neurobiology of language and cognition. The
successful candidate will have completed a PhD in neuroscience,
psychology, or an equivalent field, have proven technical ability
in image analysis, and a demonstrated publication record. This position
is funded in part through a collaborative grant examining aging and
speech comprehension with Jonathan Peelle (Washington University in
Saint Louis) and Art Wingfield (Brandeis University). We are interested
in the neurobiologic basis for the interaction of acoustic challenges
(such as background noise or hearing loss), linguistic (such as
syntactic complexity or semantic predictability) and cognitive (such as
working memory) factors in aging and early dementia.
University of Pennsylvania is a leading center in human brain imaging,
with access to advanced MRI and PET imaging. The lab studies language
and cognitive processing in healthy adults, normal aging, and focal
neurodegenerative disease using converging evidence from multiple
methods. Philadelphia is an outstanding city with extraordinary
responsibilities in this position include the analysis, interpretation,
and scientific presentation of functional and structural MRI data related
to the neural systems supporting speech processing in young and older
adults. Previous experience in these areas is helpful, and the
successful candidate will benefit from demonstrated independence in
conducting analyses and interpreting results. Essential skills are
motivation, critical thinking, and a record of scientific communication
(papers, posters, and talks). Background knowledge in speech or aging,
fMRI data analysis, experience with scripting languages, and
familiarity with behavioral statistical analyses are highly desirable.
Informal inquiries can be directed to Murray Grossman ([email protected]).
University Feinberg School of Medicine
Fellowship in Neurobiology of Language
successful applicant will join research programs on the neurobiology of
language using multiple imaging modalities (MRI, PET, ERP) and
involving multiple subject populations (aging, Alzheimer's disease,
primary progressive aphasia) in a setting staffed by neuroscientists,
neuropsychologists, psychiatrists and neurologists. The start date is
negotiable and the position will remain open until filled. Salary is
commensurate with experience. Northwestern University is an Equal
Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes,
including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Woman and
minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon
eligibility to work in the United States.
should be sent to:
University Feinberg School of Medicine
East Superior Street, Searle 11-450
Rehabilitation Research Institute
FELLOWSHIPS IN TRANSLATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE AND NEUROREHABILITATION
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.
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.
must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have
been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Both MRRI and Penn are
Equal Opportunity Employers and welcome and encourages all qualified
candidates to apply including, but not limited to, minorities and
individuals with disabilities. A complete list of available mentors and
instructions for application are available at http://mrri.org/T32.html.
should be submitted to Kevin Whelihan, Research
Administrator, ( [email protected] ) and must include:
a current CV
- a cover letter describing research interests and career goals. Given
the translational focus of the training program, applicants should
indicate a preferred primary mentor and, if possible, one or more
secondary mentors who appear to offer the best fit in balancing basic
and applied aspects of the candidate's interests.
- 2-3 letters of reference
Psychology, University of East Anglia, UK
Funded PhD Studentships:
Deadline: 30 January
Faculty of Social Sciences has a range of fully-funded opportunities
for doctoral students for 2017/18 entry.
Applications for all studentships are invited from
suitably qualified graduates. Candidates should typically hold, or
expect to hold, a first degree with a minimum of 2:1 and a Master's
degree with research methods training appropriate to the discipline,
with a dissertation mark of at least 65%. Candidates without a research
methods Master's degree may be considered for a 1+3 studentship,
combining PhD training with an initial year on our Faculty MRes in
Social Sciences Research Methods. Candidates who have studied outside
of the UK should typically hold, or expect to hold, qualifications at
an equivalent level to those mentioned above. Candidates will be
interviewed as part of the selection process. EU and International
applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English
Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance
grant (currently £14,296 per year), and a research training support
grant. International students are welcome to apply; a number of
studentships will be available to cover full international fees.
be considered for a Studentship, you should make an application for
admission indicating the intention to be considered for a funded
studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme.
contact the postgraduate admissions tutor, mailto:[email protected], or your potential supervisor to discuss the advertised
project areas, or to explore a proposal in another area.
discuss the application process, please contact
the UEA PGR Office - email: mailto:[email protected] tel: (01603) 591709.
of Reading, UK
The School of
Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading is inviting
applicants for PhD studentships to work on topics within
Development and Ageing Research Division. This research division has academics working in
psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics, language development,
bilingualism, and language disorders. We are looking for students
interested in pursuing PhD projects along these broad themes. A number
of PhD studentships are currently available, as described below.
The University of Reading is part of the ESRC funded SeNSS Doctoral
Training Partnership which will be
awarding up to 35 studentships across the network for the 2017/18
academic year on a +3 (PhD) or 1+3 (1-year Masters + PhD) basis. These
studentships are open to UK and EU residents on a fees + yearly stipend
basis (for UK residents) or a fees only basis (for EU residents).
Together with the Department of English Language & Applied
Linguistics and the Institute of Education, we are looking for PhD
students to put forward within the Linguistics, Psychology and
In addition to the SeNNS Doctoral Training Partnership, the School of
Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences also offers funding via
the Magdalen Vernon
Studentship. This year, one
studentship will be available within the Language, Development and
Ageing Research Division that covers fees at the UK/EU rate and a
yearly stipend. International students are welcome to apply but must be
able to pay the difference between UK/EU and international fees.
Finally, the University of Reading is also offering other studentships
across the university. This year, 10 Anniversary
PhD Scholarships are available that
will cover fees and a yearly stipend for UK and EU residents.
International students are again welcome to apply, but must be able to
cover the difference between UK/EU and international fees. The
university will also be offering 7 International
Research Studentships this year that are
open to international students on a fees + stipend basis (1 award) or a
fees only basis (6 awards).
Interested applicants should contact [email protected] to signal their intent to apply, and to gain
further information regarding the application procedure and specific
deadline for each award (which will all generally be in
January/February 2017). Please also contact potential supervisors at
Reading to discuss your proposal and application.
Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI)
Research Assistant in Language & Learning Lab
Dr. Erica Middleton, Director of the Language and
Learning Lab of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (http://mrri.org/language-and-learning-lab/), announces a new opening for a BA/BS-level research
assistant supporting research on language processing in typical
speakers and those with post-stroke aphasia. The successful applicant
will join a multidisciplinary team researching the cognitive basis of
aphasia and mechanisms of language change in the service of promoting
effective rehabilitation. With appropriate training and supervision,
the candidate will administer diagnostic tests; conduct experimental
studies with patients as participants; contribute to the acquisition,
analysis, and interpretation of behavioral data; gain experience
disseminating research via manuscript preparation and presentation at
should have a strong academic background in cognitive psychology,
psycholinguistics, linguistics, and/or neuroscience, with coursework in
statistics and research methods. Preference will be given to applicants
with prior research experience. MRRI and Moss Rehab are part of the
Einstein Healthcare Network. The position offers competitive salary and
benefits (medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement). Send cover
letter, C.V. (including a list of relevant coursework), and two letters
of reference (including details of performance in prior research roles)
to Dr. Julia Schuchard at: [email protected]. Position is available immediately. Applications will
be accepted until the position is filled.
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language laboratory in the Department of
Psychology at the University of Arizona (http://vickylai.lab.arizona.edu/) is seeking a candidate for a 2-year postdoctoral
research position in psycholinguistics / neuroscience of language.
The successful candidate is expected to work on topics that
are compatible with the lab interests, such as figurative
language, metaphor and embodiment, emotion and language, or/and
language and thought in bilinguals. Our current projects explore the
use of emotion metaphors in typical and atypical populations such
as depressive individuals, and the potential use of metaphors in
abstract concept learning in adolescents. Our primary
methodologies are behavioral, electroencephalogram (EEG) and
functional neural imaging (fMRI) methods. Other techniques such
as TMS (MR compatible), EEG-fMRI co-registration,
and machine learning are possible through collaborations with
faculty members in Psychology, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Biomedical
Engineering, and School of Information.
In addition to engaging in innovative language research, the successful
candidate will write and publish scientific articles describing
their methods and findings, assist in the mentoring of graduate
students and the management of ongoing studies, support the
writing of grant proposals for external funding opportunities, and
serve as a collaborative member of a team of interdisciplinary
Applicants should demonstrate strong skills in psycholinguistic and
neuroscience approaches to meaning of language. Experiences with
the fMRI or/and EEG are especially desirable. A Ph.D. in
Psychology/Neuroscience, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Computer
Science, Computational Linguistics, or a related field is required.
The Statement of Research Interests should be a description of
your scholarly interests, a couple of project ideas for this
2-year post, and longer-term professional goals (2-3 pages).
begins December 15, 2016.
Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction'
Positions in the Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1,0
deadline: Jan 29, 2017, 23:59 CET
are looking for highly motivated candidates 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.
our consortium advertises 1 Postdoc and 2 Research Assistant positions.
These positions provide the opportunity for conducting world-class
research as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Each position has
its own requirements and profile.
Click here for
more information on the advertised positions.
Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences.
The research consortium 'Language in Interaction', 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.
addition to excellence in the domain of language and related relevant
fields of cognition, our consortium provides state-of-the-art research
facilities and a research team with ample experience 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. This consortium realizes both quality and
critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found
have identified five Big Questions (BQ) that are central to our
understanding of the human language faculty. These questions are
interrelated at multiple levels. Teams of researchers will collaborate
to collectively address these key questions of our field.
five Big Questions are:
The nature of the mental lexicon: How to bridge neurobiology and
psycholinguistic theory by computational modelling?
are the characteristics and consequences of internal brain organization
a shared cognitive space: How is language grounded in and shaped by
communicative settings of interacting people?
in language processing and in language learning: Why does the ability
to learn language change with age? How can we characterise and map
individual language skills in relation to the population distribution?
are other cognitive systems shaped by the presence of a language system
Successful candidates will be appointed at one of the consortium's
home institutions, depending on the position applied for. All
successful candidates will become members of our Big Question teams.
The research is conducted in an international setting at all
participating institutions. English is the lingua franca.
position has its own requirements and profile.
degree in one of the fields indicated for the positions;
proficiency in written and spoken English.
will be appointed at one of the consortium's home institutions,
depending on the position applied for;
of employment depend on the embedding institution.
universities and the institute involved have a number of
regulations in place that enable
to create a good work-life balance.
institute involved is an equal opportunity employer, committed to
building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such
encourages applications from women and minorities.
you like to know more?
information on: the Language in Interaction Consortium.
Further information on: the different positions, including terms of
employment and contacts
should upload your application (attn. of Prof. dr. P. Hagoort) using
the button 'Apply'. Your application should include (and be limited to)
the following attachments:
cover letter quoting at the top the number (BQ1N or BQ4RA) of the
position you apply for,
curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names
of at least two persons who can provide
apply before Jan 29, 2017, 23:59 CET.
For more information on your application: +31 24
BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language
POSITION at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language
(San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián,
Basque Country, Spain) offers a Postdoctoral position in Cognitive
Neuroscience. The main project will focus on the oscillatory
correlates of predictive processing with a special focus on neural
entrainment phenomena. The successful candidate will be working within
the research lines of the Proactive group whose main aim is to develop
high-risk/high gain projects at the frontiers of neurocognitive
science. The project is based upon a set of MEG experiments that will
be designed to unveil the neural mechanism supporting predictive coding
and predictive timing across sensory modalities and cognitive domains.
The long-term goal is to evaluate the role that such predictive skills
play for developmental disorders (such as dyslexia or SLI).
BCBL Center (recently awarded the label of excellence Severo Ochoa)
promotes a vibrant research environment without substantial 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 2
years with a possible renewal.We are looking for cognitive
neuroscientists, computational modelers, physicists or engineers with
should have a convincing publication track record and familiarity with
computing tools (Python/Matlab).
January 31st, 2016.
encourage immediate applications as the selection process will be
ongoing and the appointment may be made before the deadline.
submit your application please follow this link: http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for "Postdoc MEG 2016
Proactive" and upload:
cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000
names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of
information about the position, please contact Nicola Molinaro ([email protected]).
University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia.
PhD Scholarship Opportunities for projects with the
Language, Cognition and Brain Sciences Laboratory (http://www.langcogbrain.net) at Queensland University of Technology
(QUT), Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
in our lab makes use of a range of methodologies, including magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI), electrophysiology (intracranial and
scalp-recorded EEG), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS),
and behavioural paradigms, in both healthy and neurologically
disordered populations. Current projects are funded by both the
Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical
Research Council (NHMRC), and involve research into the cognitive and
neural mechanisms of healthy language production, and aphasia following
stroke and surgery for brain tumours.
Faculty of Health and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
(IHBI) provide an interdisciplinary environment with access to
world-class researchers and cutting-edge facilities, including the
state-of-the-art 3 Tesla Siemens Magnetom Prisma MRI system at the
Herston Imaging Research Facility.
interested in the PhD scholarships should discuss potential projects
with Prof Greig de Zubicaray ([email protected]) and Dr Hanna Gauvin ([email protected]) before submitting an application.
Postgraduate Research Awards (QUTPRAs) provide a living allowance,
indexed annually. The scholarship is tax exempt for full-time students,
and is to support living costs for up to 3 years for doctoral students.
International students will also receive an accompanying
QUT Higher Degree Research Tuition Fee Sponsorship.
of Underlying Forms (TUF) was developed for use with individuals with
agrammatic aphasia, a type of aphasia characterized by production of
short, grammatically impoverished utterances, with frequent
word-finding pauses.TUF focuses on non-canonical sentence structures
and incorporates training for both sentence production and
comprehension. Importantly, treatment is based on the premise that
training underlying, abstract properties of language facilitates
generalization to untrained structures with similar linguistic
properties, especially those of lesser linguistic complexity.
Symposia and Conferences
LEARNING AND PLASTICITY MEETING, APRIL 2-5, 2017, ÄKÄSLOMPOLO, FINLAND
The Learning and Plasticity (LaP) annual meeting that
will be organized for the third time in April 2017 amongst the fells of
the Finnish Lapland! This cross-disciplinary meeting connects
psychological and neuroscience research on the mechanisms of learning
and brain plasticity.
This year our
keynote speaker will be Dr. Manuel Carreiras, the Scientific Director
and Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Basque Center on Cognition,
Brain and Language. The special theme of the 2017 meeting will be adult
language learning/bilingualism that is reflected in the congress
keynote and some symposia. However, as before, most of the congress
program will consist of free papers that reflect the whole spectrum of
learning and plasticity research. In conjunction to the meeting, there
will also be a workshop on the use of the transcranial direct current
stimulation method in research, led by one of the international experts
in this field, Dr. Marcus Meinzer who is an Associate Professor at the
University of Queensland.
Despite of its
northern location, the congress site can be reached e.g. by daily
flight connections from Helsinki to the nearby airport at Kittilä. The
congress program runs from afternoon to evening, enabling one to
utilize the excellent possibilities for various winter sports and other
outdoor activities during the long days in early April. Due to
auditorium space and to keep the meeting highly interactive, the number
of participants is limited to 100. Please note that you should do your
travel arrangements in good time as the flights and the night trains
tend to become fully booked due to the number of tourists coming to
enjoy the unique Lappish Spring.
Looking forward to
see you in Lapland in April, Matti Laine, PhD Head of the Organizing
Committee Professor, Department of Psychology, Åbo Akademi University,
-Abstract submission by the end of
Wednesday (Eastern European Time) February 1st, 2017.
-Congress registration for an
early-bird fee by the end of Wednesday (Eastern European
Biological and Environmental
Factors That Impact Multilingualism
29th, 2017, Registration 7:30am; Talks 8am-5pm
Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium
Cross-linguistic and cross-cultural studies of language
and literacy are situated in a background of both language-specific and
language-independent variability, the contributions of which are of
interest from both a methodological perspective and in terms of
understanding the relationship between biological and linguistic
variability. This symposium will discuss endogenous and exogenous
sources of variability relevant to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural
studies of language and literacy. At the endogenous level, we will
discuss the impact of cognitive model selection and hierarchical neural
oscillations on language processing, and links between music and
language. At the exogenous level, we will discuss variability in
language exposure and environmental factors (e.g. socioeconomic status
[SES], environmental exposures). We also examine the challenges
inherent in quantifying and predicting language capacity across diverse
Each keynote talk will be paired with one of our
cross-linguistic /multiliteracy experts who will present and lead an
integrative discussion of current research directions and how these can
inform future studies with the overall goal of developing an agenda for
future comparative research on language and literacy development,
universality and language disorders that takes these sources of
variability into account.
Environment - Brenda Eskenazi (UC Berkeley)
Cognitive Models - Michael C. Frank (Stanford)
Music and Language - Aniruddh Patel (Tufts)
Linguistic Background - Elizabeth Peña (UT Austin)
Systems - David Poeppel (NYU/MPIAE)
OTHER SPEAKERS & DISCUSSANTS
Blair Armstrong (U Toronto), Manuel Carreiras (BCBL),
Ram Frost (Hebrew), Nicole Landi (U Conn), Nicola Molinaro (BCBL), Ken
Pugh (Haskins), Jay Rueckl (U Conn), Nandini Singh (NBRC), Denise Wu
Fumiko Hoeft (UCSF), Roeland Hancock
for the Neurobiology of Language
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