December 2016






SNL 2017

 November 8-10, 2017  

Baltimore, Maryland  



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 Job Postings & Announcements


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JobPostingJob Postings and Announcements


University of Pennsylvania
Funded Postdoctoral Position in Speech Comprehension

The 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.


The 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 cultural resources.


Primary 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]).

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurobiology of Language


The 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.


Correspondence should be sent to:

Marsel Mesulam, MD

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

320 East Superior Street, Searle 11-450

Chicago, IL 60611

Email: [email protected]

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute



Three year NIH-funded fellowships are available at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), for research training in cognitive and motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation.

Available mentors conduct patient-oriented research using approaches that utilize behavioral, computational, imaging, electrophysiologic, and electrical and pharmacologic neuromodulation methods. We welcome applications from individuals with a doctorate in psychology, cognitive science, communication science, kinesiology, movement science, or human neuroscience, who wish to learn to apply basic science principles to the study and treatment of behavioral and brain deficits in adult neurological patients. We also welcome applications from individuals with clinical rehabilitation backgrounds seeking to increase their depth in the basic science underpinnings of assessment and treatment. Applicants must have a track record in research and an interest in developing an independent research career.

Applicants 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

Applications 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


School of Psychology, University of East Anglia, UK

Fully Funded PhD Studentships:

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Deadline: 30 January 2017


The Faculty of Social Sciences has a range of fully-funded opportunities for doctoral students for 2017/18 entry.

In the, we aim to recruit PhD students to a range of identified topic areas, and outstanding candidates in ANY area of Psychology that coheres with the research interests of in the School.

This year the for doctoral students includes topics such as language, neural plasticity and cognitive development.

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 Language.

The School is pleased to be part of the Home/EU candidates wishing to additionally be considered for ESRC funding should note the earlier deadline of 16th of January.

The 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.

To 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.

Please 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.

To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office - email: mailto:[email protected] tel: (01603) 591709.


University of Reading, UK

PhD Opportunities   


The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading is inviting applicants for PhD studentships to work on topics within the  Language, 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 Education pathways. 

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.

Moss 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 (, 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 professional conferences.

Applicants 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.


University of Arizona

Postdoctoral position


The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona ( 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 researchers.

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).


Review begins December 15, 2016.


Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' 

Three Positions in the Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1,0 fte)

Vacancy number: 30.10.16
Application deadline: Jan 29, 2017, 23:59 CET     


We 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.    

Currently, 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.

Work environment

The 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.

In 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 anywhere else.


We 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.


Our five Big Questions are:

BQ1: The nature of the mental lexicon: How to bridge neurobiology and psycholinguistic theory by computational modelling?

BQ2: What are the characteristics and consequences of internal brain organization for language?

BQ3: Creating a shared cognitive space: How is language grounded in and shaped by communicative settings of interacting people?

BQ4: Variability 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?

BQ5: How are other cognitive systems shaped by the presence of a language system in humans?


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.

What we expect from you

Each position has its own requirements and profile.

Detailed information on:

General requirements for all positions are:

  • a degree in one of the fields indicated for the positions;
  • strong motivation;
  • excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.

What we have to offer

  • employment: 1,0 fte;
  • you will be appointed at one of the consortium's home institutions, depending on the position applied for;
  • Terms of employment depend on the embedding institution.
  • Dutch universities and the institute involved have a number of regulations in place that enable

employees to create a good work-life balance.

Other Information

The institute involved is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities.


Would you like to know more?

Further information on: the Language in Interaction Consortium.
Further information on: the different positions, including terms of employment and contacts


Are you interested?

You 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:

  • a cover letter quoting at the top the number (BQ1N or BQ4RA) of the position you apply for,
  • your curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names of at least two persons      who can provide references.

Please apply before Jan 29, 2017, 23:59 CET.

For more information on your application: +31 24 3611173.

BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language 

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION 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 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).


The 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 EEG/MEG expertise.


Candidates should have a convincing publication track record and familiarity with computing tools (Python/Matlab).


Deadline: January 31st, 2016.


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 "Postdoc MEG 2016 Proactive" 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 information about the position, please contact Nicola Molinaro ([email protected]).


Queensland University of Technology (QUT),  Brisbane, Australia.

PhD Scholarship Opportunities for projects with the Language, Cognition and Brain Sciences Laboratory ( at Queensland University of Technology (QUT),  Brisbane, Australia

Degree: PhD

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Study Mode: Full Time


Research 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. 


QUT's 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.


Applicants 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.


You must meet the Honours Equivalence criteria to be considered for a scholarship:


QUT 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.


Treatment 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.   


JobPostingSymposia and Conferences



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, Turku, Finland


-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

Time) March 1st, 2017



Biological and Environmental Factors That Impact Multilingualism   

Wednesday March 29th, 2017, Registration 7:30am; Talks 8am-5pm


Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium

UCSF Mission Bay

600 16th Street

San Francisco, CA 94158


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 groups.


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)



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 (NCU)



Fumiko Hoeft (UCSF), Roeland Hancock (UCS    


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