February 2015





First_StoryAnnouncing SNL 2015 in Chicago!


The Seventh Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language will be held in Chicago, Illinois on October 15-17, 2015. The Meeting will be at the well-known Drake Hotel - a symbol of elegance since 1920.


There are myriad of things to do and places to visit in Chicago. Take a boat tour on the Chicago River and explore Chicago's architectural wonders on the Only River in the World that Flows Backwards. Visit the Tallest Building in North America at the Willis Tower where you can step onto the suspended glass box observatory and find yourself 1,000 feet in the sky.


Your trip to Chicago will be a culinary adventure with countless options from tasty cheap eats to avant-garde cuisine, including Chicago's famous deep dish pizza and hot dogs. Take a Chicago Food Tour which includes tasty food and drink tasting in Chicago's most delicious and off-the beaten-path neighborhoods. Whatever your choices will be, we are bound for Chicago and bound to have a great time at SNL 2015. 


Upcoming Dates for SNL 2015


Call for Abstracts and Symposia: April 2, 2015

Early Registration Opens: April 2, 2015

Deadline to Submit Abstracts: June 4, 2015 




Important Dates 


SNL 2015

 October 15 - 17, 2015

Chicago, Illinois



In This Issue    



February Job Postings and Announcements






The Drake Hoel


 Job Postings & Announcements 

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JobPostingsJob Postings and Announcements


Master's Program


Master in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language - BCBL


Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language


The Master's program aims to provide specialized, comprehensive and rigorous training in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. The Master's program includes core courses (theoretical and methodological), advanced elective courses, and a research-based project at the end of the program. Students learn from the world-class scientists at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language


The Master's program is aimed at university graduates with various degrees who are interested in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, including previous training in psychology or linguistics, as well as language-oriented training in cognitive science, computer science, or mathematics. The duration of the program is one academic year with 60 ECTS credits. Students will develop research skills through the mentorship of experts and by completing a Master's Research Project at the end of the program. The language of instruction is English. Selecting the appropriate Masters program is the best way to start a successful research career, and in fact, several of our current PhD students began their research careers in our Masters program.


For more information about the master's program, visit http://www.bcbl.eu/2014/12/master-in-cognitive-neuroscience-of-language-2/


For more information about the BCBL, visit www.bcbl.eu  

 Application Process

Details of application requirements can be found at: http://www.bcbl.eu/2014/12/master-in-cognitive-neuroscience-of-language-2/


 Application Periods


- Application sent by mail to [email protected] by FEBRUARY 25.

- Notification of the Master's admissions board's decision: MARCH 25.

- Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate in the program by APRIL 15.

-Pre-enrollment must be submitted ONLINE along with the confirmation of participation.


- Application sent by mail to [email protected] by APRIL 1, until JUNE 30.

- Notification of the Master's admissions board's decision: Rolling admissions. Applications received by APRIL 15 will receive notification by MAY 15.

- Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate within two weeks of being accepted into the program.

- Pre-enrollment must be submitted ONLINE along with the confirmation of participation.




Postdoc Positions


Postdoctoral research associate, University of Oxford


A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Communication & Brain Research Group at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. The post-holder will work with Dr. Riikka Möttönen in a Medical Research Council funded project "Imaging sensorimotor interactions during speech communication". The research project investigates neural basis of speech communication using brain imaging (MEG and fMRI) and brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS) techniques.


Candidates should hold (or be about to obtain) a doctoral degree in neuroscience, psychology or in a related field. They should also have a strong background in experimental research and an interest in neural basis of speech perception and production. Prior experience with at least one of the neuroimaging or brain stimulation techniques used is necessary. Applicants should be able to work independently as well as co-operate with other members of the research team.


The position is available from 1st March 2015 for one year (with a possible extension for a further 12 months). The starting date is flexible.


The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 27th February 2015. Interviews will be held in March 2015. Informal enquiries should be made to Dr. Riikka Möttönen, email: [email protected]   Salary: £30,434 - £37,294 p.a.

Communication & Brain Research Group: http://www.psy.ox.ac.uk/research/riikka-mottonen

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please clink on the link below:  


Postdoctoral Position: Cognitive Neuroscientist    


Cognitive Neuroscientist2-year, potentially renewable post-doctoral position in the cognitive neuroscience of language for the NYU Abu Dhabi Neuroscience of Language Laboratory (http://www.psych.nyu.edu/nellab). The researcher will have had experience with evoked responseexperiments using either MEG or EEG.


The main responsibility of the researcher will be to cooperate with the PIs on the design and completion of MEG experiments with participant populations of varied linguistic and educational backgrounds to address questions related to the research projects of the NeLLab PIs, Alec Marantz and Liina Pylkkänen. A researcher withcross-linguistic experimental experience would be ideal for the job.


Salary and rankwill be commensurate with experience; benefits, including travel and lodging in Abu Dhabi, are quite generous. Applications will be accepted through February for a start date in early to late summer. Review of applicants will begin immediately.


To apply, please email CV and names of references to Phoebe Gaston at [email protected].




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. This program is designed specifically to prepare young investigators to adapt emerging theoretical advances to the development of rehabilitation treatments. To that end, we invite applications from (1) individuals with relevant basic science training who wish to learn to apply basic science principles to the study and treatment of neurological deficits and (2) individuals with relevant clinical training who wish to learn cutting-edge neuroscience and neurorehabilitation research methods. Fellows will train with a primary mentor at either MRRI or Penn and will interact with peers and mentors with diverse clinical and experimental backgrounds. A clinical/research track is available for qualified Fellows who wish to devote the first year to intensive research training and the subsequent years to a split between research and supervised training and experience in Clinical Neuropsychology within the Drucker Brain Injury Center and Stroke Center at Moss Rehab. The curriculum and supervision in this track are commensurate with requirements for licensure to practice as a Psychologist and application for ABPP certification in Clinical Neuropsychology.Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all of the available positions are filled. Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.


A complete list of available mentors and instructions for application are available at http://mrri.org/T32.html.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer; we are committed to ensuring a range of diversity among our training classes, and we strive to select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences. All things being equal, consideration is given to candidates who identify themselves as members of historically under-represented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status, as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation, or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status. This may be indicated in the cover letter.


Applications should be submitted to Kevin Whelihan, Research Administrator,

( [email protected]) and must include:


- current CV  

- 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


Postdoctoral fellow for a multi-year federally-funded research program

The Beauchamp Lab (http://openwetware.org/wiki/Beauchamp) seeks a postdoctoral fellow for a multi-year federally-funded research program. The main focus of the lab is to understand the neural substrates of multisensory speech perception. The laboratory uses multiple techniques, including fMRI and electrocorticography: experience with one of these techniques (or related) is an asset. Data analysis is carried out with specialized software, including AFNI, EEGlab and Fieldtrip. Houston has a rich neuroimaging and neuroscience community, with Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as partners in the Gulf Coast Consortia for quantitative biomedical sciences. Facilities include multiple research-dedicated 3 T scanners, a Blackrock Microsystems 128-channel recording system. The position is available immediately; the review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Please send your CV to [email protected]  


Research Positions




Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, internationally known for its research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, seeks a scientist to join its expanding program in movement science and motor disability. Applicants should have a background in movement science and interest in translational research, particularly as applied to aspects of mobility in neurologic populations. Early career investigators with postdoctoral research training, as well as mid-career scientists, are welcome to apply.


The institute scientist position at MRRI is a full-time independent research position that is comparable to a university faculty position. The primary expectation is that applicants would develop and direct an independent program of research in the mobility domain of rehabilitation. The research program may fall anywhere along the translational continuum from understanding basic mechanisms of motor performance and recovery to theory-based treatment advancement in rehabilitation. This position offers numerous opportunities for collaboration with other MRRI investigators and skilled MossRehab clinicians, and with colleagues in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, including those involved in structural and functional neuroimaging, TMS, and tDCS. Office and laboratory space are available in a newly renovated research building, with ready access to relevant patient populations and gait and motion laboratory facilities.


Albert Einstein Healthcare Network is proud to offer our employees unparalleled career opportunities including competitive compensation, attractive benefits plan including medical/dental/vision coverage, generous vacation time, and tuition reimbursement. EOE


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and 3 letters of reference to:

Kevin Whelihan, Administrator

MRRI, MossRehab @ Elkins Park

50 Township Line Road

Elkins Park, PA 19027

or [email protected] . Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



Four lab manager/RA positions in the Neuroscience of Language Laboratory at NYU and NYU

Abu Dhabi (PIs: Alec Marantz & Liina Pylkkänen).


Two of these positions will be based in New York and two in Abu Dhabi. The New York positions will be regular lab manager positions for the Pylkkänen and Marantz groups; the Abu Dhabi positions will be more flexible RA-positions most likely involving working with both PIs. All RAs should expect their responsibilities to span the two sites of the laboratory. Initial appointments are for one year, with possibility of renewal.  BA/BS or MA/MS in a cognitive science-related discipline (psychology, linguistics, etc.) or computer science is required. 


The lab managers/RAs will be involved in all stages of execution and analysis of MEG experiments on language processing. Previous experience with psycho- or neurolinguistic experiments is highly preferred. A background in statistics and some programming ability (especially Matlab) would give an applicant a strong edge. In Abu Dhabi, salary and benefits, including travel and lodging, are quite generous. We are looking to start these positions as soon as possible; most likely start dates are in mid-spring/early summer, although a late summer start might be possible. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately, and decisions will be made on a rolling basis.


To apply, please email CV and names of references to Phoebe Gaston at <[email protected]>. In your email, please indicate whether you are applying for a position in New York or Abu Dhabi (http://www.psych.nyu.edu/nellab) and whether your research interests align better with the Pylkkänen or Marantz group.



Summer Program


The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Centre for Language Studies will organize a one-week summer school: "Language Science: Current methods and interdisciplinary perspectives".


Dates: August 3-7 2015


Location: Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Teachers: 14 Nijmegen researchers covering multiple perspectives on language science: Antal van den Bosch, Dan Dediu, Diana Dimitrova, Ton Dijkstra, Mirjam Ernestus, Paula Fikkert, Simon Fisher, Falk Huettig, Agnieszka Konopka, James McQueen, Antje Meyer, Karl Magnus Petersson, Lila San Roque, and Sonja Vernes

Target group: PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and advanced Master's students

Application deadline: June 15th 2015 (early-bird discount before April 1st)

For further information (e.g. course brochure, preliminary programme) please see: www.ru.nl/radboudsummerschool


I was wondering if you could share information about the Dingwall Foundation Neurolinguistics Fellowships program with your members? We award two fellowships annually.  We're currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 cycle. This year's deadline is March 31, 2015.

The William Orr Dingwall Foundation Neurolinguistics Dissertation Fellowships are for doctoral candidates who are specializing in the  field of Neurolinguistics. The amount of the stipend will be $30,000 for a period of 12 consecutive months (prorated for shorter periods). Funding is currently available for two fellowships. Awards will be made to graduate students who have completed all requirements for a doctoral degree, with the exception of the dissertation, at an accredited university in the United States. The objective of these fellowships is to allow the recipients to devote their full time to the completion of their doctoral dissertations. The funds may be used for living expenses, health insurance, equipment, travel, or any other purpose related to the completion of the doctoral dissertation. The fellowship is for one year only and may not be renewed.

http://www.dingwallfoundation.org/appguide/ <----- Program Link
[email protected] - contact email for the program






URL: www.herderessayprize.com

This messages announces the establishment of an international prize competition for an essay on Embodied Language and Neuroscience.   The author of the winning essay will receive £5000 and an invitation to present the work at the Embodied Language Conference held at New College, Oxford on September 7, 2015.

Submissions are to be made at the latest by 1 July 2015. 

See rules and regulations for submission and an introductory note and background at: www.herderessayprize.com.



Conferences, Workshops and Symposia


Workshop on Bilingualism and Executive Function An Interdisciplinary Approach


Date: 18-19 May 2015, Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Place: CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Ave, New York City)


The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with the generous support of

the National Science Foundation, is pleased to announce a two-day workshop on

bilingualism and executive function. The workshop's 5 panels will feature two invited

speakers and a discussant. The participants' areas include cognitive psychology,

linguistics, aging, and neuropsychology, bringing an interdisciplinary perspective to the

question of how bilingualism is related to executive function.


The Workshop will immediately precede the International Symposium on Bilingualism-

10 at Rutgers University (ISB-10, 20-24 May 2015).


Researchers in all areas of cognitive science and related fields are welcome to submit

abstracts for a poster session (18 May 2015) on bilingualism and executive function.


Abstract submission deadline: Sunday, 05 April 2015

Bilingualism speakers

Thomas Bak (U of Edinburgh, Albert Costa (U Pompeu Fabra), Tamar Gollan (UCSD),

Judith Kroll (Penn State), Antonella Sorace (U of Edinburgh)

Executive function speakers

Naomi Friedman (U of Colorado), Raymond Klein (Dalhousie), Klara Marton (CUNY),

Yaakov Stern (Columbia U), Laura Zahodne (Columbia)


Jubin Abutelabi (U Vita-Salute San Raffaele), Virginia Mueller Gathercole (Florida Intl

U), Lynn Hasher (U of Toronto). Hal Pashler (UCSD), Virginia Valian (CUNY)

Summary and Synthesis

Ellen Bialystok (York University)


Organizing Committee

Irina A. Sekerina, Virginia Valian, Stephen Boatright, Lauren Spradlin (CUNY Grad Ctr)


Web site: http://bef2015.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

Contact: [email protected]


KNAW colloquium: Decoding the neurobiology of synaesthesia


Decoding the neurobiology of synaesthesia


When: 18 March 2015 to 20 March 2015

Where: KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam

Contact Name: Soek Yi Tong, [email protected] 

Contact Phone: +31 20 551 0987


This Academy Colloquium will bring together leading experts from neurobiology, cognitive psychology, and genetics to critically evaluate the known aspects of synaesthesia and debate the scientific questions that can be answered by studying this intriguing phenomenon. Preceding the international Academy Colloquium a Master Class for young researchers, PhD-students and research master students in Neurobiology of Synaesthesia is organised.




Montreal Bilingual Brain Initiative Symposium: Multiple Perspectives on Bilingualism and the Brain, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University


On behalf of the Organizing Committee: Denise Klein, Shari Baum and Vincent Gracco


The Montreal Bilingual Brain Initiative Symposium: Multiple Perspectives on Bilingualism and the Brain - May 28 & 29, 2015Montreal Neurological Institute


The bilingual brain is of great interest to the field of neuroscience as it offers a window into questions about how our brains are shaped by experience. This international symposium on bilingualism and the brain that will take place at the Neuro on May 28 and 29, 2015 aims to address the neural underpinnings of bilingual brain organization and issues around brain development and plasticity.

We will bring together experts from multiple domains of neuroscience to shed light on current views of how experience influences brain function and structure from the developing brain through to old age and how we might understand brain plasticity in health and in disease. There will be two poster sessions and a panel discussion.


For more information and to register:  www.neuroevents.mcgill.ca


9th International Morphological Processing Conference


This is to remind you that the 9th International Morphological Processing Conference will be held at the University of Potsdam's Campus 'Neues Palais', Germany, from 18 June to 20 June 2015.


In addition to regular talks and posters there will be three symposia on "The timing of morphological processing", "Morphology in multilingual language processing" and "Morphology in agreement processing" as well as a pre-conference workshop onEye tracking paradigms for morphological processing(17 June 2015, sponsored by SMI)


This conference welcomes experimental psycholinguistic and neuroscientific work on morphological processing, including studies with healthy adults, children and language impaired populations.

The conference site - the picturesque Neues Palais, built in Prussian baroque style - is adjacent to the world-famous Park Sanssouci, a UNESCO world heritage site.


The beautiful city of Potsdam is well-known for being uniquely situated between beautiful nature and the vibrant German capital of Berlin (about 30 - 60 minutes away by public transport).

The submission deadline for abstracts for posters and oral presentations is 15 March 2015.


More information about the conference as well as abstract submission guidelines can be found atwww.uni-potsdam.de/morphproc2015 


We look forward to welcoming you to Potsdam!

Neural Bases of Speech Production 2015: Friday, March 27th, 2015 (a satellite to the 2015 CNS meeting in San Francisco)


On December 1st, 2013, our lab held a symposium titled "Neural Bases of Speech Production", which was a satellite to the 2013 meeting of the Acoustical Society of America meeting happening in San Francisco. The website for this symposium is at http://speechneuro.ucsf.edu/events/asa-satellite-symposium-neural-bases-speech-production,  which shows the wide range of topics we covered. We had a lot of great conversations at the breaks during the symposium, and many of us continued these discussions after the conference at dinner in a nearby restaurant.


In sum, the symposium was such a success that we all agreed it should happen again soon. And so, in keeping with our aim to make this a new tradition, we're going to have the symposium again in 2015, this time as a satellite to the 2015 meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS2015) in San Francisco!


The main CNS2015 meeting begins on Saturday, March 28th, and so our symposium will take place at UCSF the day before, on Friday, March 27th. The website for CNS2015 is http://www.cogneurosociety.org/annual-meeting/upcoming-meeting/.


We have yet to decide on our presenters for the symposium, but if you are interested in presenting, please let me know.


Lab PIs: please forward this email to your lab members.


Looking forward to seeing you all in San Francisco!


John Houde

Associate Professor

UCSF Speech Neuroscience Lab

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

University of California San Francisco



Society for the Neurobiology of Language