January 2014






We are excited to announce that SNL 2014 will be held at the Beurs van Berlage in the picturesque city of Amsterdam. Known as "The Venice of the North," Amsterdam is the cultural capital of the Netherlands and features numerous museums (including the world famous Van Gogh Museum), charming cafes, and a rich nightlife. Boat cruises on the canals are fascinating and relaxing by day and enchanting and romantic by night when many of the houses and bridges are illuminated.


Situated on the Damrak in the heart of the historic center of Amsterdam, the Beurs van Berlage is considered the beginning of modern Dutch architecture and will be celebrating its 111th anniversary. 




Important Dates 


Call for Submissions

February 20, 2014


Registration Open

March 17, 2014


Travel Award Applications Accepted

April 17, 2014


SNL 2014

 August 27-29, 2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands



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JobPostingsJob Postings and Announcements


Scientific Meetings & Calls for Papers


Call For Abstracts--Scientific Studies of Reading Special Issue on Computational and Statistical Modeling of Reading Difficulties: Tackling Mechanisms

This special issue aims to highlight state-of-the-science computational and statistical modeling approaches to understanding reading. In the context of this special issue, modeling is viewed as a critical point of contact among disparate research topics and approaches that inform a common understanding of typical and atypical reading development, and identify potential 'levers' for intervention.


Models relevant to understanding reading take a wide variety of forms, including computational or algorithmic models of the processes involved in reading, mathematical models that characterize the impact of different factors on skilled performance, and statistical models that predict outcomes from behavioral, genetic and neuroimaging data. The goals of these different types of model are often pursued in isolation from one another, but we view them as complementary, and hope to emphasize this by bringing together a range of approaches into a single special issue.


As part of this special issue, we envision a host of possible topics and particularly encourage submissions proposing to model reading development utilizing approachesinformed by a combination of behavioral, neurobiological and/or genetic perspectives or data sources. Some examples of possible topics are listed below; note however that these are intended solely as exemplars and are not meant to limit the scope of possible submissions:

  • Computational modeling to connect behavioral and neurobiological data to develop enhanced accounts of mechanisms involved in the development of reading disabilities
  • Statistical modeling to provide new insights into classification of learning disabilities and/or the clarification of constructs relevant to reading outcomes
  • Computational modeling of the acquisition of language for mainstream and/or dialect speakers and its potential as a 'lever' for new instructional approaches for these learners
  • Computational modeling/statistical modeling testing hypotheses regarding the relative emphasis of instructional elements, modeled over time, to guide the development of novel approaches to reading instruction

Abstracts submitted for consideration and corresponding manuscripts should reflect the intent to motivate stronger trans-disciplinary dialogues and collaborations amongst the broader literacy research communities.


Submission and Review Timeline

  • Proposed abstracts including tentative author list due April 22, 2014.
  • Lead authors will be contacted with final determination about submissions by May 6, 2014.
  • First manuscript submissions due late September 2014
  • Final papers due by April 1, 2015
  • Publication January 2016

Proposed Abstracts should be submitted to the special issue editors:

Brett Miller (U.S. National Institutes of Health): [email protected]

Jason Zevin (University of Southern California): [email protected]


International Workshop on Learning and Memory Consolidation (July 10-12th, 2014, San Sebastian)

As part of its wider scientific and knowledge-transfer activities the Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (www.bcbl.eu) is delighted to announce workshop dedicated to the mechanisms of learning and memory consolidation. Our aim is to provide a multidisciplinary platform to discuss the processes of memory formation, with a strong emphasis on the offline neural changes leading to memory stabilization and enhancement. Our hope is to bring together researchers working on these issues at various levels of analysis, i.e., cellular, systemic and behavioural, and with data coming from humans as well as other species.


The International Workshop on Learning and Memory Consolidation is to take place from Thursday, July 10 to Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Palacio Miramar in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

Invited speakers include:


Prof. Jan Born - Universität Tübingen, Germany

Prof. Michael Hasselmo - Boston University, Massachusetts, USA

Prof. Daniel Margoliash - University of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Prof. Matthew Wilson - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA

Prof. John Wixted - University of California, San Diego, USA


Important dates:

  • Abstract deadline (March 2nd, 2014)
  • Notification of abstract acceptance (March 17th, 2014)
  • Early registration deadline (April 9th, 2014)
  • Online registration deadline (June 22nd, 2014)
  • Conference dates (July 10-12th, 2014)
  • For more information, please visit our website: http://www.bcbl.eu/events/learning/en/
  • We look forward to seeing you in July!
  • Nicolas Dumay and Doug Davidson, Organizers


Postdoctoral Positions


Post-Doctoral Position--Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery at Northwestern University

Fellows will be involved in research examining neurocognitive mechanisms of sentence processing in both normal and language impaired individuals. With emphasis on recovery of sentence deficits in people with aphasia, as well as the cognitive and neural effects of treatment, studies will track language over time using structural and functional neuroimaging (fMRI), perfusion imaging, DTI, EEG, eyetracking and other methods. Funding for the position is part of a large-scale NIH supported P50 Center grant project. Individuals with a strong background in language science and a PhD in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, communication sciences and disorders, linguistics, psychology, or related field are invited to apply. Experience with fMRI, EEG and/or eyetracking, as well as experience conducting experiments with language-impaired individuals is desirable.


Post-doctoral positions are for either 2 or 3 years, with potential for advancing to Research Associate. For more information see the lab website: www.communication.northwestern.edu/csd/research/aphasia/. Applications accepted until position is filled. Start date is flexible from March to September, 2014). Send CV, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to Mary Cosic at [email protected].


Four PhD Positions--International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences

Applications must be received by 21 January 2014.

What are the foundations for language in our species? How do genes build the brain capable of learning and processing diverse languages? If you have a background in


   Brain sciences


   Linguistics or anthropology

you could contribute to the fundamental science in this area and earn a PhD degree in the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences.


The IMPRS for Language Sciences is now advertising four doctoral PhD positions in the following departments:


   Language and genetics department (MPI), headed by Simon Fisher

   Neurobiology of language department (MPI), headed by Peter Hagoort

   Psychology of language department (MPI), headed by Antje Meyer

   Language and cognition department (MPI), headed by Stephen Levinson


The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) and two research institutes based at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities (from genetics labs, brain imaging machines, psychology labs to supported fieldwork opportunities) and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment.


The PhD positions are, in the normal case, three years in length. PhD recipients will receive a monthly salary sufficient to cover living costs in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Applicants must have a Masters degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2014) in a relevant field. The working language of the research school is English.


Only applications prepared according to the below guidelines will be considered. Please email your application as one PDF document including the following information:


1. Curriculum vitae. Include:

  • Relevant work and educational background
  • Details about your Masters degree, including name of supervisors, date of completion, title of thesis and a brief description of your topic, and any grades you received for relevant coursework
  • Details about any relevant technical or research skills set and proficiency. This may include information on programming, statistics, mathematical knowledge, experimental design/methods, neuroimaging, practical phonetics, corpus methods, fieldwork, etc.

2. Research proposal that should be linked to the overall research profile of one or more of the departments. On a single page, please provide:

  • Title of your project (maximally 10 words)
  • The research department(s) to which your proposal would fit
  • Research question (one sentence, maximally 20 words)
  • Theoretical motivation of the proposed research (why is your question interesting?)
  • Suggested empirical approach (which method(s) will you employ?)

**Please note that the details of the research projects, should you be offered a post, will, of course have to be agreed with your supervisor. We ask for a research statement to get a first impression of your interests.


3. Personal statement. On half a page, please explain

  • Why you are keen to join the IMPRS
  • Which transferable skills you would hope to acquire
  • The IMPRS is an active community, where PhD students take part in enrichment and training and help organize activities for the research school. If you were awarded a PhD position (a) whom would you like to invite as a guest speaker? (b) what kind of activities would you propose to enhance learning and communication in the IMPRS?

4. References. Please provide: Contact details of two academic referees. We will only contact them if you are shortlisted for an interview.


5. Proof of English-language proficiency. Non-native speakers of English must provide an electronic copy/scan of TOEFL/Cambridge/IELTS certificate or equivalent. This may be submitted within three months after the application deadline.


Please send your application and any queries by email with the subject "IMPRS application" to [email protected]. In your email, please specify how you heard about the IMPRS for Language Sciences.

Start dates for the positions will be 1 September 2014.

For more information about the IMPRS for Language Sciences, please visit our website: www.mpi.nl/education/imprs-for-language-sciences


Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Translational Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation--Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI)

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. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all of the available positions are filled. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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 athttp://mrri.org/T32.html.


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

Nine PhD Positions--Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction'

We are looking for highly motivated PhD 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.


The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. This research consortium 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. The research team consists of 43 Principal Investigators. In addition to the 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.


Currently, the consortium advertises nine PhD positions for a period of 4 years. These positions provide the opportunity for conducting world-class research as a member of an interdisciplinary team.  

Maximum salary: € 2,664 gross/month

Closing date for application: 2 February 2014


Click here for more information on the PhD positions and how to apply.

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Society for the Neurobiology of Language