January 2019 

SNL 2019

 August 20-22, 2019   

Helsinki, Finland  


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University of Haifa Department of Special Education
Faculty Position 
The Department of Special Education within the Faculty of Education at the University of Haifa invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in fields related to special education such as neurodevelopmental and emotional disorders as well as sensory impairments, including rehabilitation and assistive technology. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, although
priority will be given to applications received by December 30, 2018. We expect the position to start in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Department of Special Education at the University of Haifa, offers bachelor's,
master's, and doctoral degrees in education. Our faculty members bring a multidisciplinary approach to the study of special education and a sensitivity to the relevance of our research to individuals with special needs. The faculty members also share a strong commitment to training students in theory, field and
laboratory research methods, as well as advanced techniques in psychophysics, neuroimaging statistics and qualitative analysis. The Faculty of Education at University of Haifa is at the forefront of educational research in Israel and has an acknowledged international reputation. It offers a strong foundation of resources to support faculty research programs. Some of the faculty members are also
affiliated with The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities.

Position Requirements:
  • Strong research record in one of the fields related to special education as listed above.
  • Doctoral degree (PhD or comparable) in education, psychology, neuroscience, communication sciences and disorders, linguistics or another related field from an internationally-recognized academic institution.
  • Postdoctoral study of one year or more in an accredited academic institution outside Israel.
Candidates should submit:
  • A letter of interest
  • A curriculum vitae (publication list should adhere to the format posted on the Faculty of Education website)
  • Statements of research and teaching interests
  • Reprints of three representative publications
  • Three letters of recommendation emailed separately to Prof. Paul Miller (special.education@services.edu.haifa.ac.il).
*The call is open to all academic degrees and is subject to academic and budgetary considerations of the university
Center for Language and Brain, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow 
Postdoctoral position  
The Center for Language and Brain at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the field of Neurobiology of Language. The postdoctoral fellow will work under the supervision of the Director of the Center, Dr. Olga Dragoy, and its Academic Supervisor Dr. Roelien Bastiaanse.
Research topics
Post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to pursue their own research in parallel with working on research projects of the Center for Language and Brain in the broad areas of:
- Neural bases of language processing in healthy individuals,
- Language acquisition, 
- Language disorders. 
The Center offers access to various healthy (children, young and aging adults, bilingual speakers) and clinical populations (including patients with aphasia, epilepsy, and brain tumors) and equipment (128-channel scalp EEG, intracranial EEG, 1.5T and 3T MRI scanners, high-speed eye-tracker, TMS, tDCS and tACS), available at HSE or through clinical partners. 
- A PhD degree; 
- A strong background in at least one of the following methods: EEG / ECoG, structural and functional MRI (fMRI, DTI, VBM, VLSM), computational modeling; 
- Note that knowledge of Russian is not required.
How to apply
Please see the position announcement for more details on the application procedure. The application deadline is February 15, 2019. Appointments will be normally made for one year, with a possibility of extension. For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Olga Dragoy (odragoy@hse.ru).
Arizona State University
Master's Degree in Auditory and Language Neuroscience 
The MS degree program in auditory and language neuroscience at Arizona State University trains scholars in  basic and applied research in the fields of auditory and language neuroscience to prepare them for doctoral-level graduate studies as well as for positions in science, health care and industry. In addition to cutting-edge coursework in general and computational neuroscience, this program also includes hands-on training in instrumentation and research applications. Students develop a strong foundation to conduct impactful neuroscience research related to auditory and language processing and human communication. 
The MS degree program in auditory and language neuroscience offers customized hands-on research training opportunities, including two neuroscience lab rotations in the first year, and a thesis or applied project in a laboratory in the second year. Students develop a tailored curriculum including possible electives in functional MRI, EEG, signal processing and neurophysiology.
Priority application deadline: March 1
Program Contacts: 
Program Co-coordinators: Dr. Beate Peter (
beate.peter@asu.edu) & Dr. Corianne Rogalsky (Corianne.rogalsky@asu.edu
Graduate Academic Success Coordinator: Kimberly Doney (
Social, Life, & Engineering Sciences Imaging center (SLEIC)
Assistant Director of Human Imaging 
The Social, Life, & Engineering Sciences Imaging center (SLEIC; http://www.imaging.psu.edu ), under the direction of Dr. Michele Diaz (http://sites.psu.edu/mdiazlab/) invites applications for an Assistant Director of Human Imaging position. The individual in this position will assist in the administrative, logistic, and research activities at our research-dedicated facilities: the Human Electrophysiology Facility (HEF) and the 3T Siemens Prisma MRI Facility at the University Park campus. The imaging center contributes to Penn State's thriving research environment by providing state-of-the art brain imaging and data analysis facilities.

The Assistant Director's responsibilities will include: oversight of daily operations of the center, working with technical staff, overseeing quality assurance procedures, coordinating administrative activities such as billing and regulatory compliance, developing and conducting training workshops, working with the director on language and aging research, and providing the highest levels of customer service. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a related discipline with a background in EEG and/or functional MRI, as well as research experience in language science or aging. Knowledge of related programming and analysis software is highly desirable (e.g., EEG lab, linux/unix systems, R, FSL, etc.). Excellent interpersonal skills and problem solving abilities are a must.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled. Selection is dependent upon successful accomplishment of background clearances in accordance with Penn State Policy. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with an excellent possibility of re-funding. Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/84187 
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University of Western Ontario   
PhD Studentship
We are seeking a PhD student to join projects studying the role of auditory cortical maturation and cortical oscillatory activity in language development and disorders. For examples of our work on these topics see Kwok et al. (EJN 2018, JSLHR 2018, BBR 2019). The student will play a principal role in new studies of auditory evoked potential maturation and resting state α-oscillations between 18 to 48 months and their relation to language development The student will be provided with a generous annual stipend over and above the University of Western Ontario's Doctoral Funding Guarantee (http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/finances/index.html).
The research will be conducted in the Autism Spectrum and Language Disorders Lab (http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/ASLD/index.html) in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, which is affiliated with Western's National Centre for Audiology and Brain and Mind Institute. PhD students in Dr. Cardy's lab complete their degree through the Graduate Program in Health and Rehabilitation Science (http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/health_rehab_sci/) or the Neuroscience Program (https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/neuroscience/index.html).
Ideal candidates include those with a strong academic record; prior EEG research experience;
a Master's degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or related fields; and previous experience working with young children and/or clinical populations. The position is open to both domestic and international applicants.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Janis Oram Cardy at janis.cardy@uwo.ca.
Laboratory Dynamics of Language, CNRS/University of Lyon 
Postdoctoral Fellow Position 
Applications are invited for a 12-month full-time (with possible 12-month extension) Postdoctoral Position in cognitive neuroscience in Lyon, France, to collect and analyze fMRI data on language processing. The post-doc is part of an exciting new project, which is a collaboration between Drs Alice Roy and Véronique Boulenger from the Laboratory Dynamics of Language (CNRS), and Dr Claudio Brozzoli from the Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre (INSERM).
The project lies in the context of embodied cognition theories and aims at uncovering the functional role of the motor system in second language processing. It will examine, using fMRI, the dynamics of cortical activation in motor regions before and after phonological training in a foreign language.
The project will be conducted in Lyon, a vibrant and stimulating neuroscience environment and a culturally rich city life, ideally located just an hour away from the Alpes, 2 hours from Paris and an hour and a half from Marseille and the Mediterranean sea (by train).
Key requirements for the candidates:
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in neuroscience, cognitive sciences or a related field and will have substantial experience in fMRI imaging analyses (e.g. SPM, connectivity analysis, resting state) and good programming skills (MATLAB). A background in speech and language is required.
Applications in the form of a cover letter with statement of research interests and a CV with full publication list should be sent by email to alice.roy@cnrs.fr and veronique.boulenger@cnrs.fr, with cc to claudio.brozzoli@inserm.fr.
Applicants from outside the European Union are welcome but they must qualify for a valid visa. French speaking is not a requirement (although it is an asset) as long as the English language is mastered.
Starting date: as soon as possible - please contact us for further information.
Net salary: ~2000 € / month
Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Click here for more information. 
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) 
Postdoctoral Fellowships 
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.
Additional Information can be found at: http://mrri.org/T32.html. 
UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences 
Two Postdoctoral Research Fellow Positions 
Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow at the Department of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences. There are 2 positions available.
These positions are funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award (RL-2016-013) entitled "SONOVOX: The Social Neuroscience of Voices", held by Prof Carolyn McGettigan. The research programme employs the methods of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and phonetics/speech science to address questions relating to the perception and production of the human voice. Project topics include person identity perception and representation, trait evaluations and reward processing, social modulations of pain processing, voice ownership and modulation, spoken interactions.
The positions will be based within the Vocal Communication Laboratory led by Prof Carolyn McGettigan (www.carolynmcgettigan.com). The post-holder will be responsible for the leadership and day-to-day running of research projects using experimental approaches. This will entail development of experimental paradigms, recruitment and testing of participants, data analysis and preparation of manuscripts for publication.
The posts are available from Spring 2019, for 2 years in the first instance and the starting date is no later than 23rd September 2019. Both roles are full time, at appointment Grade 7 (Salary £35,328 - £42,701 inclusive of London allowance).
Key Requirements
The ideal candidates for these roles will hold a PhD (or be in the process of submitting a PhD by 23rd September 2019) in a relevant discipline, and must be able to evidence their intellectual and methodological capacity for effective leadership of a research project investigating human cognition with experimental techniques. It is essential that candidates can demonstrate an interest in one of more of the research topics relevant to the funded programme. Skills in cognitive neuroscience techniques (e.g. fMRI, EEG) are highly desirable, as is prior research experience in voice/speech processes, person perception, reward, pain, or social interactions. All successful candidates will show excellent communicative and organisational skills for a high quality research environment.
Full details (including job description and person specification) and a link to the application form can be found on the UCL website: https://goo.gl/QQhsMV.
Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Carolyn McGettigan: c.mcgettigan@ucl.ac.uk.  For information about the application process, please contact Molly Bennett: m.bennett@ucl.ac.uk 
Closing Date: 28th February 2019, 23:59 (GMT)
Interview Date: tbc
Pennsylvania State University Center for Healthy Aging  
Postdoctoral Training Program 

The Pennsylvania State University's Center for Healthy Aging (http://healthyaging.psu.edu/) offers Postdoctoral training through the Pathways T32 Training Program. The goal of this NIA-funded program is to train the next generation of scientists in psychosocial determinants and biological pathways that underlie healthy and unhealthy aging. All Fellows take part in a regular seminar and coursework; participate in professional development activities; and have the opportunity to take courses in innovative research methods. This program brings together faculty from Human Development and Family Studies, Biobehavioral Health, Kinesiology, and Psychology to create a comprehensive mentorship program. The resource-rich environment provided by the Center for Healthy Aging allows Fellows to be integrated into active and ongoing interdisciplinary research projects and learn advanced methods to study biopsychosocial processes in the laboratory as well as everyday life.
Eligible applicants are those with a Ph.D. in the behavioral or biological sciences, or who can reasonably be expected to complete a Ph.D. before they would start the training program. Each candidate must evidence interest and commitment to a research career focused on adulthood and aging. This program requires a commitment of 2 years with salary and benefits consistent with those for NIH Postdoctoral Fellows. Candidates must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Appointments will begin between May and September, 2019.
Applicants should consult the website for information about the program and potential Faculty Mentors (https://sites.psu.edu/healthyagingpathways/) and submit electronically the following materials: a current CV, and a statement of interests that includes specification of a primary mentor and one or more potential secondary mentors outside of their area of expertise (i.e., biological or behavioral science). Additional materials may be requested from applicants, including graduate transcripts and letters of recommendation. Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/84921
Northwestern University, Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease   
 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship   

Northwestern University's Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease has a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroimaging of Aging and Dementia. The fellow will focus on analyzing MR as well as amyloid and tau PET data for our NIA-funded Alzheimer's Disease Center (P30). The fellow may develop, adapt, implement and/or optimize analysis pipelines for our newly funded AD Center Imaging Core, which will substantially contribute to imaging biomarker discoveries and enhance data sharing procedures. The fellow may participate in publications and presentations resulting from the work.

The fellow will work with Dr. Rogalski (Imaging Core Leader) and her collaborators Dr. Todd Parrish (Director of the Center for Translation Imaging) and Lei Wang (Director of the Applied Computational Anatomy Lab) at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Successful candidates will have a PhD in neuroscience, physics, psychology, bioengineering or a related field. Experience with analysis of sMRI, DTI, rsfMRI and/or PET is required with a particular emphasis on multimodal approaches.

Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter stating experience and interests, 2-3 peer-reviewed publications, and at least two letters of recommendation.

The start date is negotiable and the position will remain open until filled.

Please send application materials to ADC@northwestern.edu.
Institutt for fremmedspråk og oversetting, Universitetet i Agder 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Experimental Linguistics Laboratory (ELL) 

A temporary, full-time position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available at the University of Agder for a duration of two years. The position is affiliated with the Department of Foreign Languages and Translation, Faculty of Humanities and Pedagogy. The position is located at the University of Agder's Kristiansand campus. The starting date is 1 August 2019, or subject to agreement during the recruitment process.
The person hired will contribute to a research project within the Experimental Linguistics Laboratory (ELL) run by Prof. Linda Wheeldon and Prof. Allison Wetterlin. The project will be run in collaboration with Prof. Aditi Lahiri (Language and Brain Laboratory, Oxford University) and Dr. Steven Frisson (Language Research Group, University of Birmingham). The research will employ eye-tracking and EEG methodologies to examine morpho-phonological processes in second language English reading and speech comprehension in Norwegian-English bilinguals. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow (RF) will be fully involved in the design, running, analysis and dissemination of the research. The project will support the career development of the RF by enabling the development of their research expertise in a theoretically and methodologically demanding project.
Applicants must have a PhD in Experimental Linguistics or Psycholinguistics and expertise in the design, running of EEG experiments and in EEG data analysis. They must also have excellent spoken and written English. They must have obtained their doctorate within the last four years, and preferably within the last two. The dissertation must have been approved within the application deadline. Documented research publications beyond the doctoral thesis and experience from externally financed research projects (including writing applications and implementing projects) will be given priority.
Engagement as a postdoctoral research fellow is carried out in accordance with the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the positions of post-doctoral research fellows, research fellows, research assistants and specialized residents as determined by the Ministry of Education and Research of 31.01.06, pursuant to the Act covering universities and colleges § 6-4, sixth paragraph, located at http://www.lovdata.no/for/sf/kd/xd-20060131-0102.html
Cooperative skills and personal suitability will be emphasised. In the ranking of the candidates. Emphasis will also be placed upon the applicants' competence and academic specialisation in relation to the needs of the research project.
The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview for the position.
Appointments are made by the University of Agder's Appointments Committee for Instruction and Research Positions.
The Norwegian public sector is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.
The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, Salary Plan 17.510, code 1352 Postdoctor, lr. 24, NOK 524 200 - 597 400. For especially well-qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.
Applicants are requested to submit their application online. Please use the link "Send Application".
  • Certified transcripts
  • List of publications
  • Up to 5 publications or academic articles (including the PhD thesis)
The applicant is also responsible for making sure that the appropriate number of documents are submitted by the application deadline. Be aware that incomplete applications will not be considered.
In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University's intention to exercise this right.
Application deadline: 15 March 2019.
Further information about the position may be obtained from Prof. Linda Wheeldonand Prof. Allison Wetterlin
Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia
PhD Scholarships/Stipends

Applications are invited for PhD scholarship/stipends for projects with the Language, Cognition and Brain Sciences Laboratory (http://www.langcogbrain.net) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia.
Research in the lab makes use of a range of methodologies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electrophysiology (intracranial and scalp-recorded EEG), transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation (TMS & tDCS), and behavioural paradigms, in both healthy and neurologically disordered populations. Current projects involve research into the cognitive and neural mechanisms of healthy language production and comprehension, intracranial EEG in candidates for epilepsy surgery, and aphasia following stroke and surgery for brain tumours in children and adults.
Applicants interested in the PhD scholarships should discuss potential projects with Prof Greig de Zubicaray (greig.dezubicaray@qut.edu.au), Assoc Prof Katie McMahon (k21.mcmahon@qut.edu.au)  and Dr Sonia Brownsett (sonia.brownsett@qut.edu.au) before submitting an application. Candidates should have an excellent written and spoken command of English.
How to apply:
Applicants need to apply by 15 February 2019 (AEST).
Eligible applicants will:
  • have completed a postgraduate qualification from the United Kingdom, European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Russian Federation, Canada and United States of America
  • the postgraduate qualification must have been administered and assessed in English and must include a significant research component and thesis (at least 25 percent of the total degree).
Successful scholarship applicants will receive a:
  • living stipend valued at AU$27,596pa in 2019 and indexed annually
  • applicants meeting criteria for academic excellence are eligible for an additional top-up scholarship at AU$5,000pa
  • tuition fees offset or sponsorship
  • research support allowance of AU$4,500
  • opportunity to apply for Grant-in-Aid travel funding up to AU$2,000
For information, please visit: https://www.seek.com.au/job/38102426
Further information:
Please contact our Research Services Office if you have any questions about our courses and scholarships: phone +61 (0)7 3138 8290 or email health.research@qut.edu.au
"International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain" (IDEALAB)    
PhD Positions 

The PhD Program "International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain" (IDEALAB) offers 3-year PhD positions in the area of psycho-/neurolinguistics from September 2019.
The PhD program has been established as an outstanding 3-year doctoral training to its candidates to study structure, processing and foundations of human language integrating interdisciplinary approaches.

For this purpose, three European universities (Potsdam (GER),Groningen (NL),
Newcastle- upon-Tyne (GB),) and one non-European university (Macquarie University Sydney (AU)) provide an intellectual environment for original and independent research on experimental and clinical aspects of language and the brain. Associated members from Research & Development industries and several clinics contribute in various ways to the program and stimulate an innovative environment. They are potential co-supervisors and are involved in training.

The program is jointly offered by a transnational consortium with an integrated study program along with required mobility between the participating institutions. The mobility plan of each individual young researcher is tailored according to the particular specialities required by the thesis topic.

The application period ends on February 28, 2019.
Further information can be found at our website:
Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' 
Postdoc Position   

Postdoc position in Linguistics for Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1,0 fte)
Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction'
Application deadline: February 17, 2019, 23:59 CET
The Language in Interaction research consortium invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Linguistics. We are looking for a candidate with a background in theoretical and/or computational linguistics.
You will contribute to the integration of linguistic expertise into the empirical research performed by teams of researchers in our consortium that are collaborating to collectively address the key questions of our field. You will be provided the opportunity to conduct research in one or more research areas relevant to the position. Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD projects will be part of your responsibilities. You will be provided with budgetary resources for travel, materials and lab-use.
This position provides the opportunity for conducting world-class research as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Moreover, it will provide the opportunity to contribute to developing a theoretical framework for our understanding of the human language faculty.
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.
You will be appointed at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. You will be supervised by Peter Hagoort, programme director of the Language in Interaction consortium. The research is conducted in an international setting at all participating institutions. English is the lingua franca.
What we expect from you
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.
  • a PhD in Linguistics;
  • an integrative mindset;
  • a theory-driven approach;
  • good communication skills;
  • strong motivation;
  • excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.
What we have to offer
  • Full-time position (39 hours per week) with a term of appointment of 4 years.
  • The salary is according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and is classified in salary group E13 (depending on the experience of the applicant between EUR 3.827,03 and EUR 5.683,28 gross per month, based on a full-time employment).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance
  • The Max Planck Institute involved has a number of regulations that make it possible for 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?
For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. dr. Peter Hagoort, programme director Language in Interaction and director of DCCN and MPI
Telephone: +31 24 3610648, +31 24 3521301
Are you interested?
Please submit your application (attn. of Prof. dr. P. Hagoort) to j.verhoef@donders.ru.nl in electronic form. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachments:
  • a cover letter,
  • your curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names of at least two persons  who can provide references.
Application deadline: February 17, 2019, 23:59 CET.

Second Call: The Learning and Plasticity Meeting, Äkäslompolo, Finnish Lapland   
April 7-10, 2019 

We are happy to inform that the abstract submission and registration to the 5th Learning and Plasticity Meeting is now open! We have confirmed five exciting symposia (see below) besides the keynote lecture by Professor Robert Zatorre, PhD (McGill University - Montreal Neurological Institute).
LaP is a cross-disciplinary meeting that connects psychological and neuroscience research on the mechanisms of learning and brain plasticity. It is organized by the Åbo Akademi University, the University of Turku, and the Turku Brain and Mind Center. The 2019 meeting dates are April 7-10, 2019. The venue is the same as for the previous meetings, namely Äkäshotel at the Äkäslompolo village.

Special theme of the 2019 meeting, addressed by the keynote as well as by three of the five confirmed symposia, will be "Music: Neurocognition and Therapeutic Applications". However, as before, the program will also include free papers presented as posters, reflecting the broad spectrum of learning and plasticity research.
The five confirmed symposia are as follows:
  • "Musical Deficits and Music-Based Rehabilitation after Stroke: Efficacy and Neural Mechanisms" (organizer Teppo Särkämö)
  • "Implicit musical learning and musical training" (organizers Mari Tervaniemi and Eleanor Harding)
  • "Musical Expertise, Perceptual Learning, and Transfer - How Experience Shapes Cognition" (organizer Susanne Jaeggi)
  • "Involvement of Short-term and Working Memory (STM/WM) in Aphasia, Part One: Theories and Approaches to Assessment" (organizers Nadine Martin, Steve Majerus, Laura Murray, and Christos Salis)
  • "Involvement of Short-term and Working Memory (STM/WM) in Aphasia, Part
    Two: Approaches to Treatment" (organizers Nadine Martin, Steve Majerus, Laura Murray, and Christos Salis)
Despite of its northern location way above the Polar Circle, the congress site is easy to reach 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. It is important to make 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.
Hope to see you at the Heart of Finnish Lapland in Spring 2019!
The LaP Scientific Committee,
Matti Laine, Abo Akademi University, Finland (Chair) Lars Bäckman, Karolinska Institute, Sweden Susanne Jaeggi, University of California at Irvine, USA Hasse Karlsson, University of Turku, Finland Minna Lehtonen, Abo Akademi University, Finland Marcus Meinzer, University of Queensland, Australia Lars Nyberg, Umeå University, Sweden 
2019 PolyU CBS Summer School 
July 15 - Aug 9, 2019 
The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is pleased to announce that the 2019 PolyU CBS Summer School will be held in Hong Kong, from Monday, July 15th to Friday, August 9th 2019.

Credit-bearing courses will be offered under two themes: (1) Language and Culture (undergraduate), and (2) Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (postgraduate). These courses will offer you a window into language, brain and culture by considering such questions as: How does language work? How is language instantiated in the brain? How does language reflect our cultural and social identity? How does language shape us as humans? By considering and addressing these questions in our summer school, you will have a clearer understanding of what language is really like.

The summer school program will include invited speakers, workshops and fieldtrips. The courses and talks will be in English.
Undergraduate - Language and Culture (two 3-credit courses)
Fun with language (Dr. Yu Yin Hsu and Dr. Cherie Wong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Understanding Japan: A Journey into Japanese Culture and Society (Dr. Reijiro Aoyama, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Postgraduate - Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (two 3-credit courses)
Advanced Topics in Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics
Prof. Jackson Gandour (Purdue University)
Prof. Evan Kidd (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Prof. Ping Li (Penn State University)
Prof. Chia-Ying Lee (Academia Sinica)
Prof. Elena Lieven (University of Manchester; ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD))
Prof. Salikoko S. Mufwene (The University of Chicago)
Prof. Ken Pugh (Haskins Laboratories & Yale University)
Prof. Caroline Rowland (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Prof. Tom Schoenemann (Indiana University)
Prof. Michael Ullman (Georgetown University)
Prof. Feng Wang (Peking University)
Prof. William S-Y. Wang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Prof. Fan-pei Gloria Yang (National Tsinghua University)
Advanced Topics in Research Methodology for Language Sciences
  1. EEG workshop by Dr. Stephen Politzer-Ahles (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  2. fMRI workshop by Dr. Bolton K. H. Chau and Dr. Bess Y. H. Lam (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  3. Eye-tracker workshop by Prof. Jie-Li Tsai (National Chengchi University)
  4. tDCS workshop by Prof. Dirk Den Ouden (University of South Carolina)
Fieldtrips (Optional)

For further information please visit http://www.cbs.polyu.edu.hk/2019summer-school/index.php or email us at cbs.summer.school@polyu.edu.hk.

We look forward to seeing you at the summer school.
Yours sincerely,
The 2019 LCN Summer School Organizing Committee
Third International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning 

The third International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning will take place in San Sebastian (Spain), June 27-29, 2019. Please reserve the dates! 
The conference explores statistical learning and its underlying mechanisms, from behaviour to neuroscience, in various domains. 
Our keynote speakers:

-Jay McClleland

-Lori Holt

-Simon Kirby

-Daphne Shohami

Theme speakers:         

-Scott Johnson

-Amy Finn

-Maryellen MacDonald

Panel discussion:          

-Richard Aslin   

Further details can be found on the Conference Site.
Please note that the deadline for abstracts is March 1st, 2019.
Looking forward to seeing you all in San Sebastian!
Manuel Carreiras, Ram Frost, Blair Armstrong, Morten Christiansen, and Louisa Bogaerts.

The Society for the Neurobiology of Language