July  2015





First_StoryHi SNL Members,


The Seventh Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language is shaping up to be an exciting meeting! Three state-of-the-art keynote lectures will be delivered by Dr. Marsel Mesulam, Northwestern University, Dr. Peter L. Strick, University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute and Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago.


Dr. Mesulam will revisit "Wernicke's Area in Primary Progressive Aphasia", Dr. Goldin-Meadow will discuss "How our Hands Help us Think" and Dr. Strick will talk about "Basal Ganglia Circuits with the Cerebral Cortex and the Cerebellum:  Thinking Outside the "Loop".


We will also have an invited symposium covering language and aging, as well as other stimulating speakers and events. The final schedule of events will be available in the next couple of weeks.



Upcoming Dates for SNL 2015


Notification of Accepted Abstracts
July 28, 2015

Board of Director Nominations Open
July 28, 2015
Deadline to Submit Volunteer Applications
July 29, 2015
Deadline for Early Registration
August 6, 2015





SNL 2015

 October 15 - 17, 2015

Chicago, Illinois



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July Job Postings and Announcements





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 Job Postings & Announcements 

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JobPostingsJob Postings and Announcements


Assistant / Associate Professor


Assistant / Associate Professor position, San Diego State University


San Diego State University, School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in conjunction with SDSU's Area of Excellence in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience  is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant / Associate Professor position in brain-based disorders of speech, language, or cognitive processing, with adult (preferred) and/or child populations, and with neuroplasticity as one focus. Required: Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Linguistics, Psychology, Neurosciences or a related field, excellence in teaching, strong research abilities, and commitment to students from diverse backgrounds.

Responsibilities: Undergraduate and graduate (MA/Ph.D.) teaching, supervising theses/dissertations and pursuing a research program in specialty area.


Apply via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/29935.

Review of completed applications will begin October 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled; employment to begin Fall 2016.  Visit http://slhs.sdsu.edu for more information about the department. For questions, please contact Dr. Tracy Love ([email protected]).


Assistant Professor, Rutgers University


The Department of Psychology at Rutgers University-Newark anticipates hiring at the assistant professor (tenure track) level. We seek applications from individuals with specializations in areas of Psychology and Neuroscience that primarily use fMRI as a methodology.   Examples of research areas of special interest include social, developmental and cognitive neuroscience.


Applicants that incorporate brain connectivity concepts in their research are encouraged to apply. Applicants will have access to the new Rutgers University Brain Imaging Center (RUBIC; Siemens 3T Trio).


This position requires a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related field. Highest priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, provide research mentorship to students, and have research programs that can be supported by external funding. Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research and teaching interests, 3 top pre/re-prints and 3 letters of recommendation to: [email protected]


We will give priority to applications received by October 15th but will continue the search until the position is filled. Diversity Mission: Rutgers/Newark is the most ethnically diverse research-oriented campus in America (16 consecutive years, US News & World Report). Applicants may include a brief statement in their cover letter explaining how their membership in our department will advance the University commitment to diversity.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other classification protected by law. Rutgers-Newark is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups.



Assistant Professor in Human Cognitive, Developmental, or Social Neuroscience

 The Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) seek to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level (tenure track) in cognitive neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, or social neuroscience.  We are especially interested in outstanding candidates with a focus on the neural basis of human learning, development, and plasticity.  The department values a strong grounding in psychological theory, cutting-edge methods, and high-quality teaching.  The position is funded by a generous gift from Ronald J. and Mary Ann Zdrojkowski as a Career Development Chair.


This search is associated with the BrainHub (www.cmu.edu/research/brain/), a campus-wide initiative to expand brain research across disciplines. Carnegie Mellon is a highly supportive environment for scientists who seek to span multiple disciplines or employ multiple methodologies in their research. Facilities include a state-of-the-art MRI facility, EEG, NIRS, and MEG systems, and large-scale, high-performance computing clusters situated in a highly collaborative environment.

 The appointment will be joint between the Department of Psychology (www.psy.cmu.edu) and the CNBC (www.cnbc.cmu.edu) - an interdisciplinary and collaborative research and training center jointly administered across Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The candidate will join a growing and highly interactive computational, cognitive, and neuroscience community. Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries and start-up packages in an attractive and highly livable urban environment.


Applications will begin to be reviewed on October 15, 2015. For full consideration, please apply by that date. To apply to this position, please see: https://webapps.cs.cmu.edu/FacultyApplication/CNBC  (please contact [email protected]  if you have questions).




Post-Doctoral Positions


Post-Doctoral Position, University of South Carolina


The Aphasia Lab at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a post-doctoral position that is funded by grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders and the American Heart Association. This position will be supervised by Julius Fridriksson (University of South Carolina) and Leonardo Bonilha (Medical University of South Carolina).


The primary research foci of the AphasiaLab are as follows: 1) brain plasticity associated with aphasia recovery; 2) spatial-temporal aspects of normal and disordered speech processing; 3) clinical aphasiology. This research relies on a range of methodologies such as Electro Corticography (ECoG), EEG, fMRI, connectome-behavior mapping, VLSM, and electrical brain stimulation. Individuals with a background in clinical research related to speech and language processing, especially in the area of aphasia, are strongly encouraged to apply.


The responsibilities of a successful applicant will include: Working on ongoing studies in the area of aphasiology, writing manuscripts, supervising undergraduate and graduate students, and proposing and conducting new studies. In-depth guidance will be provided in the scientific areas covered by the ApahsiaLab as well as grant writing.


Much of the research in the AphasiaLab is conducted in collaboration with several other investigators such as Chris Rorden (University of South Carolina; www.mricro.com), Gregory Hickok (University of California, Irvine), and Argye Hillis (Johns Hopkins University). The AphasiaLab is located at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) and the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC). Columbia is centrally located in South Carolina, within a two-hour drive to the beach and the mountains. Charleston is a coastal city in South Carolina and home to many major cultural events (e.g. the Spoleto Festival; www.spoleto.org).


The weather in South Carolina is marked by "Southern" summers, and a mild autumn, winter, and spring. The salary for this position is very competitive but will be commensurate with experience and previous scholarship. If interested, please contact Julius Fridriksson at fridri[email protected] or Leonardo Bonilha at [email protected] 


Disclaimer: The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. 



Postdoc position at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences


The Brain Development and Education Lab will be in operation this fall at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. We are looking for a postdoc who is interested in studying the neurobiological basis of learning to read and/or developing new techniques for measuring the developing human brain. The lab combines quantitative MRI (diffusion, T1, etc.), functional MRI, MEG and behavioral measurements to model how changes in brain structure relate to changes in cortical computation and behavior. Our goal is understand how the brain's reading circuitry develops in response to education and how targeted behavioral interventions prompt changes in the brain's of children with dyslexia. See a list of ongoing projects here: http://depts.washington.edu/bdelab/projects/ 

Prospective postdocs should have strong computational skills and proficiency in MATLAB, Python, or and equivalent language. The nature of this position is interdisciplinary; a strong candidate will have good communication skills and be able to draw on expertise in multiple scientific domains including human neuroscience, education and engineering. Prior experience with acquisition and analysis of human neuroimaging data is desirable but not required. To apply for a postdoc position, please send curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and contact information for three referees to: Jason Yeatman ([email protected])  



Conferences and Workshops 


Last call before registration ends!


Psycho- and Neurolinguistic Approaches to the Grammar-Lexicon Distinction


The workshop will be held October 1-3, 2015 at the University of Copenhagen.


The distinction (or lack thereof) between lexical and grammatical knowledge can be traced all the way back to Aristotle. Nowadays it is being explored from many different perspectives with many different methodological approaches. The aim of this multi-disciplinary workshop is to bring together psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, linguistics and other disciplines to examine grammar and lexicon in the mind and brain. The workshop will cover:

  •   Various experimental methods for studying grammar and lexicon (e.g. behavioural, EEG/ERP, fMRI, TMS, other...)
  •   Both receptive and expressive aspects of grammar/lexicon, across modalities (writing, speaking, reading, listening)
  •   Grammar and lexicon in both unimpaired and impaired populations (e.g., Specific Language Impairment, dyslexia, autism, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, aphasia, other...).

Abstract submission is now closed.


In addition to the 20 minutes presentations, there will be several keynote speakers:

·       F.-Xavier Alario, Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive, CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université.

·       Roelien Bastiaanse, University Groningen.

·       David Caplan, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital.

·       Gesa Hartwigsen, Kiel University.

·       Yury Shtyrov, Aarhus University.

·       Michael Ullman, Georgetown University.


Organizing Committee:

Violaine Michel Lange 
Byurakn Ishkhanyan
Kasper Boye

Contact: [email protected] 


More information can be found on the workshop website: http://inss.ku.dk/english/calendar/grammar-vs-lexicon/



Research Positions


MRRI Institute Investigator (all levels): Language and Cognition in Neuropsychological Populations


Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) seeks an Institute Investigator to join our historic program in language and cognition and help build the next generation of translational neuroscience/neurorehab research.


The successful applicant is expected to conduct an independent program of research and to participate in research collaborations within and outside MRRI. The ideal candidate is a cognitive, clinical, or neuroscientist or speech-language pathologist who studies language or related cognitive disorders, and who may also conduct research in translating basic science findings to improve clinical practice. Preference will be given to candidates who complement the faculty's interests in areas like language processing, language learning, semantics, action planning, cognitive control, neuromodulation, neuroplasticity, and/or lesion-symptom mapping (for details, consult our website: www.mrri.org).


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant area. Evidence of research productivity and prior grant funding are required, as salaries and labs at MRRI are partially grant supported. Qualified candidates at all levels are welcome to apply. We offer a competitive start-up package, and ongoing salary support is available.


MRRI is known internationally for its research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, including a long tradition of ground-breaking research in aphasia. Our unique resources include a large research registry of stroke and TBI research volunteers, and the long-running MossRehab Aphasia Center, a venue for life participation activities, training, and research. MRRI is renowned for its supportive, collegial environment, peer mentoring, and collaborative ties with Philadelphia's outstanding colleges and universities. In particular, we have long-standing collaborations with the neurology and neuroimaging faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, with grant supported projects in structural and functional neuroimaging, TMS, and tDCS.


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




Interested candidates may submit a cover letter describing current research programs and proposed future directions in the MRRI environment, along with CV to:

Kevin Whelihan, Research 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.

We also welcome informal approaches by email or phone that begin a conversation that may eventually lead to an application; such inquiries can be directed to Dr. Myrna Schwartz ([email protected]). Contact information for other MRRI faculty can be found at www.mrri.org 


Research Assistant/Lab Manager:


 A research assistant/lab manager position is available in the Language Behavior and Brain Imaging Lab (http://lbbil.rutgers.edu) at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Much of the research in the lab is devoted to the cognitive neuroscience of reading, with potential application to reading disorders. Other aspects of brain and language studied in the lab include concept formation and speech production. Research is performed using a variety of techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), behavioral responses, gene-brain correlations, and magnetoencephalography (MEG).


Responsibilities will include data collection from human research participants in both a purely behavioral and functional brain imaging setting, contacting and scheduling research participants, managing institutional review board (IRB) protocols, and data analysis.


Requirements for a successful applicant include spoken and written proficiency in English, a minimum of a bachelor-level degree (e.g., BA or BS), preferably in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, biology, or a related field, and willingness to make a 2-year commitment. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in cognitive neuroscience research with human participants, are proficient with the linux computing environment, have used experiment delivery and data acquisition software such as E-prime, and can program in a scripting language such as Matlab or python.


Rutgers is the state university of New Jersey, and its Newark campus is in the state's largest city. Newark is undergoing a renaissance of its own and is only minutes from Manhattan by train. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with a deadline of September 15th. Please email a resume or CV and contact information for 3 references to [email protected]



5 PhD Positions in the 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 five 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: €2,717 gross/month
Closing date for application: 04 October 2015, 23:59 CET

Click here for more information on the PhD positions and how to apply: https://www.languageininteraction.nl/ThirdCallGeneral.html



Clinical Director


Clinical Director, MossRehab Aphasia Center


MossRehab, one of the top 10 rehabilitation centers in the nation, seek(s) an experienced clinical aphasiologist to direct the programs of its long standing MossRehab Aphasia Center. Founded in 1996 as a joint program of MossRehab and Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), the Aphasia Center is a pioneer in creatively addressing the long-term communication and psychosocial needs of people with aphasia. The Center provides focused and meaningful intervention at strategic points in the communication recovery process. This can occur through the Center's various programs, including: 1) the Advanced Clinical Therapy program (ACT), a specialized outpatient program that provides the most up-to date treatments for chronic aphasia; 2) A vibrant Aphasia Activity Center where people and families living with chronic aphasia participate in an array of communication and life enhancing activities; and 3) Participation in research.


The successful applicant will lead the Aphasia Center's continued growth and development. This includes supervision and mentoring of Speech-language pathologists, research assistants, students and volunteers; managing new and existing program initiatives; grant writing for program support, and, potentially conducting research. The MossRehab Aphasia Center is closely affiliated with Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, which is internationally known for its research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, including a long tradition of ground-breaking research in aphasia. The Aphasia Center also is a founding member and affiliate of AphasiaAccess, a new alliance of Life Participation providers and shares its interest in life participation outcomes research.

The ideal candidate is a PhD or Masters level speech-language pathologist with clinical experience. The Clinical Directorship is a salaried half-time position. However, depending on the interests and qualifications of the candidate, the position could be expanded up to full-time through research collaborations and extramural grant support.  


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




Interested candidates may submit a cover letter along with CV to:

Kevin Whelihan, Research 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.

We also welcome informal approaches by email or phone that begin a conversation that may eventually lead to an application; such inquiries can be directed to Ruth Fink [email protected] , 215-663-6561. Additional information about the MossRehab Aphasia Center can be found at http://www.mrri.org/focus-areas/mossrehab-aphasia-center