March 2013






San Diego 2013


We are excited that the Neurobiology of Language Conference will be returning to San Diego, California.  Best known for its near-perfect weather, breathtaking beauty and fun-filled outdoor activities, San Diego is consistently rated among the nation's top leisure travel, meeting and convention destinations.  San Diego features miles of white sandy beaches, beautiful parks, renowned family attractions, sophisticated and eclectic dining, rich arts and culture, a dynamic nightlife and the sights and sounds of nearby Mexico.  Easily accessible by air and featuring excellent ground transportation, San Diego is a perfect venue for NLC 2013.  


Stay tuned for the April newsletter in which we will announce our conference hotel.  NLC 2013 promises to be our best conference yet!

Future Conferences     

NLC 2013

 November 6-8, 2013

San Diego, California, USA


NLC 2014



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Scientific Meetings & Calls for Papers


Call for Papers--51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Lucerne, Switzerland

This year marks the 51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia which will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland from October 20-22, 2013.


We are pleased to announce that Stanislas Dehaene will be this year's luncheon speaker. Dr. Dehaene is Professor and Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology at the College dè France and Director of the INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in France.  Further information about Dr. Dehaene can be found at:


The Academy of Aphasia welcomes submissions of original experimental, clinical, theoretical, and historical research from any field that contributes to the study of aphasia, including Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology, Neurology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Linguistics, History, and Computational Modeling. 


Submission categories include: platform papers; poster presentations; symposia bringing together researchers working on a common research theme; and mini-workshops with a methodological emphasis, presenting a unique approach to a timely topic.  Submissions are accepted from both members and non-members of the Academy of Aphasia and all submissions are given equal consideration.


Submissions must be submitted electronically at:

Submissions must be uploaded by 12:00, noon Central Daylight Time on Friday April 19, 2013. There will be no exceptions to this submission deadline.


Accepted abstracts will be published online in the journal Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences:

The meeting will be held at Hotel Continental Park in Lucerne, Switzerland.

For more information about the conference location and submission guidelines, please refer to the Academy website:  Information will be posted as it becomes available. 


Workshop on Infant Language Development (WILD), organized by the BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language

The overarching goal of WILD is to bring together scientists with different perspectives and methodological approaches to the study of early language and cognitive development. The first meeting will be held between June 20th and 22nd, 2013 in Donostia - San Sebastian, Spain.


This scientific meeting has been created to highlight recent research on a wide range of topics within monolingual and bilingual development, including speech perception and production; word learning; the development of syntax and morphology; brain mechanisms and first language acquisition; recent advances in infant brain imaging techniques (i.e., EEG, NIRS); atypical language development; language and cognition; early bilingualism; multilingual development; the role of culture in language development; gestures and non-verbal communication in infants and toddlers.


    Richard Aslin - University of Rochester, USA

    Krista Byers-Heinlein - Concordia University, Canada

    Jenny Saffran - University of Wisconsin, USA

    Nuria Sebastian - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

    Dan Swingley - University of Pennsylvania, USA

    Marilyn Vihman - University of York, UK

    Janet Werker - University of British Columbia, Canada



Early registration deadline: March 21st, 2013

Online registration deadline: May 2nd, 2013

Conference dates: June 20 - 22, 2013


The workshop program also includes poster and talk sessions, and we invite abstract submissions in any of the above-mentioned topics.


2013 Summer School--Neuroscience & Cognition Utrecht

Neuroscience & Cognition Utrecht is pleased to announce their 2013 summerschool on

"The Neurocognition of Bilingualism and Cognitive Control"

June 3-6, 2013

Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands


A hotly-debated controversy in the neurocognition of bilingualism concerns the nature of the mechanisms responsible for language switching and language selection. Is this a language-internal mechanism or is it a general cognitive control mechanism? What effect does bilingualism have on general cognitive functioning and underlying neural mechanisms? This summer school will present current views on these issues in detail. Speakers will also address the experimental designs and techniques (brain imaging techniques, EEG , eyetracking, behavioral research) used to investigate the issues under discussion.



Jubin Abutalebi

Albert Costa

Julia Festmann

Walter Van Heuven

Edith Kaan

Frank Wijnen


Target audience: Advanced (research) master students, PhD students, and other scholars in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, linguistics, education, neuroscience, neuropsychology, and communication disorders.


For more information, and how to register, see:

Contact: Edith Kaan, [email protected]


The 8th Morphological Processing Meeting, June 20th - June 22nd 2013

The 8th Morphological Processing Meeting will be held at the University of Cambridge, UK, from June 20th to June 22nd 2013. We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting abstract submissions and that registration is open:


***The submission deadline for abstracts has been extended to April 15, 2013***


The meeting aims to bring together scientists that work on all aspects of morphological processing. It is intended to provide an opportunity to discuss and explore different aspects of morphological processing, across several languages, language modalities and experimental paradigms.


The submission deadline for abstracts for posters and oral presentations has been extended to April 15th 2013. More information and the abstract submission form can be found at


Faculty Positions


Research Faculty Position The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

A Research Assistant Professor position is available in the newly established Laboratory for Language, Learning, and the Brain at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (PI: Patrick Wong).  We welcome individuals from any disciplines whose research addresses aspects of speech, hearing, language, and communication broadly defined.  This is a three-year, non-tenure-track research faculty position subject to final University approval.  Candidates with experience in basic and clinical research across the lifespan are all encouraged to apply.  We are particularly interested in broad thinkers with good quantitative skills to join our team.  Candidates with experience in behavioral, neural, and genetic research will all be considered.  The anticipated start date is Sept. 1, 2013, but can be flexible


The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks among top 40 in the world according to QS World University Rankings.  Hong Kong offers a multitude of living possibilities that include rural living in the New Territories where the University is located.  For inquiries, candidates should email CV to Patrick Wong ([email protected]).  

Visit for more information about our work.


Review of applications will begin immediately.  For formal application procedures, see the University advertisement:



Postdoctoral Positions


Seven Postdoctoral Positions in the Dutch Research Consortium "Language in Interaction"

We are looking for highly motivated postdoctoral researchers 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. Our consortium counts four Spinoza Prize winners (van Benthem, Muysken, Cutler, Hagoort; the Spinoza Prize is the highest science prize in the Netherlands), three ERC Advanced Grant winners (Muysken, Levinson, Fernández), 17 VICI/Pioneer grant holders (these are the most prestigious personal grants that the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research provides; grant holders are: Bod, Ernestus, Majid, Desain, Van den Bosch, van Lambalgen, Roelofs, Bekkering, Fernández, Jensen, Medendorp, Toni, van Opstal, Murre, Ramsey, Schiller, Formisano), and numerous VIDIs and ERC starting grants. The proposal has representatives from eight universities and one research institute within the Netherlands. These are Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN), University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Maastricht (UM), Leiden University (LU), Utrecht University (UU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), University of Twente (UT), Tilburg University (TiU), and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI). The applicant and co-applicants are internationally highly visible scientists in their respective fields. Moreover they are from institutes which are highly ranked internationally, such as the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (University of Amsterdam), the Centre for Language Studies (Radboud University Nijmegen) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Radboud University Nijmegen). In addition, the consortium provides state-of-the-art research facilities. Together, this consortium realizes both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world.  In addition to the excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, the research team consists of researchers with excellence 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. Moreover, experts in utilization of knowledge acquired in the relevant fields are part of our team as well. Next to the applicant and the co-applicants, our research team consists of 36 Principal Investigators. These Principal Investigators are distributed over seven so-called Work Packages (WPs).

Each of the 7 WPs hereby advertised one postdoctoral position. This postdoctoral position will be for three years in the first instance, with a possible extension for two more years.  Duties will include coordination of Work Package activities (together with the WP leaders) and development of an independent research programme within the framework of the WP, and may include supervision of PhD students.  The position provides the opportunity for doing world-class research as a key member of an interdisciplinary team, and for acquiring experience in the management of a research group.  

Requirements for the postdoctoral positions are:

               - a PhD in any relevant field

               - excellent scientific track record

               - excellent organizational and communicative skills

               - strong motivation

               - excellent skills in written and spoken English


Each WP postdoctoral position has its own requirements and profile, which are specified below. The appointment will be in one of the home institutions of the consortium, depending on the research profile of the postdoctoral researcher. In all participating institutions the research is conducted in an international environment by researchers from a large number of countries.


WP 1: Speech perception and production in interaction.

 We seek a postdoctoral fellow with an established research profile that fits the main goals of WP1.  These goals are (i) to understand the interplay between perceptual and motor processes in speech through innovative linkage of neural, psychological and linguistic levels of analysis and (ii) to specify the balance between what is language universal and what is language specific in speech processing.  Key questions include (a) Are our auditory and motor cortices speech ready? (b) How does feedback support processing in speaking and in listening? (c) How do perception and production interact?

WP1 will bring together expertise in the neurobiological foundations of perceptual and motor processes with psycholinguistic expertise in the perception and production of speech.  The postdoctoral fellow would ideally have prior experience in bridging across these domains and should certainly be willing and able to engage in and stimulate interdisciplinary integration.  The candidate should have as many as possible of the following: training in speech science, psycholinguistics and/or cognitive neuroscience; expertise in behavioural, computational and/or neuroscientific methods; and interests in linking speech perception to speech production.

Contact information:  Prof. James McQueen, [email protected]


WP2:  Semantic and conceptual basis of language

Memory structures underlie semantic content and conceptual knowledge of language users. The language system builds on existing memory structures, which co-determine the organization of linguistic knowledge. This work package plans to investigate interactions between the linguistic and mnemonic domains, with a special emphasis on the development of memory in its entanglement with linguistic behaviour.  We are looking for an outgoing, interdisciplinary postdoctoral researcher who can bridge the gap between semantic modelling, computational paradigms for cognition, and functional neuroimaging. Knowledge of cross-linguistic differences in semantic systems or behavioural studies of language users would be an advantage. The ideal candidate has expertise in applying state of the art semantic and/or computational models to functional neuroimaging data. Working with our group of logical semanticists, cognitive psychologists, and neuroscientists, he/she will investigate and develop state of the art semantic-computational models with a view to neurobiological plausibility, which will generate predictions that can be used to analyse neuroimaging data.

Contact information: Prof. Guillén Fernández, [email protected]


WP 3: Compositionality and contextuality

One of the major challenges in understanding the language system is to unify abstract computational level descriptions and neurobiologically plausible network implementations of the combinatorial aspects of language processing. The postdoctoral researcher in this workpackage is expected to bridge the gap between computational modelling and experimental neuroscience. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in formal and computational modelling at the level of sentence processing (and beyond) who has also experimental skills and neurobiological expertise. You will develop and investigate computational models with neurobiological plausibility (e.g., spiking recurrent networks), which are used to generate specific predictions about the processing steps involved in sentence processing and about their neurobiological instantiation in the brain. The successful candidate will connect formal analysis and computational accounts with empirical studies on binding in the language domain. Current computational approaches (e.g., data-oriented parsing, logic programming or unification-based models) will have to be translated into accounts with a stronger connection to the brain and should be unified with current theories on neural processing.

Contact information: Prof. Rens Bod, [email protected]


WP4: Language in action

Language interacts with other cognitive functions such as perception, action, and cognitive control. Moreover, language is situated in a highly dynamic context provided by multimodal sources of information. The objective of this WP is to understand language processing and its variability during social interactions in its multimodal settings. We aim to achieve a better understanding of the cognitive and neural infrastructures involved in language use in social context, which requires establishing common ground and action coordination. We look for a postdoctoral researcher whose main interests and expertise include topics such as multi-modal integration, simulations of action and goals and/or cognitive control. Methodological expertise should include computational, experimental, observational, neurobiological and/or developmental approaches preferably within the language and/or action domain.

Contact information: Prof. Asli Ozyurek,  [email protected]


WP5: Language evolution and diversity

The goal of this WP is to contribute to a better understanding of the biological underpinnings of linguistic universality as well as diversity, both at the population level (between languages and between species) and at the individual level (within a language). We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in this area. The preferred area of specialization is evolutionary modelling of language with respect to diversity in communication. Other possible areas of expertise may include language diversity, individual differences in language abilities, animal communication, and genetic influences on speech and language.

Contact information: Prof. Pieter Muysken, [email protected]


WP6: Toolkit

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a strong technical background, ideally in developing Neuroimaging Analysis Methods for integrating genetics with brain imaging approaches (e.g. MRI, fMRI, and MEG). The main task of the post-doctoral position is to develop and apply innovative analysis methods for linking complex genome-wide association data and neuroimaging data within a statistical framework. The successful candidate will have experience in relevant research areas, a track record of high-quality reviewed journal publications, strong experience in programming,  ability to work in a team, and in sharing technical know-how and ideas. It would be desirable if the candidate has experience in Medical Imaging (e.g. NeuroImaging) technical research, in computational modelling of the brain, in machine learning and/or statistical methods.

Contact information: Prof. Jan Buitelaar, [email protected]


WP7: Utilization

We seek an enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary researcher with a keen interest to help translate scientific discoveries into practical applications and to generate different kinds of value for society. Within the university environment you will help to build ICT and other services needed to speed and ease this process. You are required to help build awareness, translate ideas into demos and apps, therapies or services.  The job entails project management of developers and coaching and advising of fellow scientists. Preferably you have experience with public-private co-operations, national and European grant schemes, clinical applications of neuroscience, and hopefully you bring a network of industry contacts. Next to managing the wide range of utilization activities in the project, there is a possibility to actively take part in a few of the developments, preferably around mobile applications (Apps) or web services. The candidate has a backgound in computer science, e-science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, computational modelling, or experience in programming languages and practices for mobile platforms and/or web.

Contact information: Prof. Peter Desain, [email protected]


What we offer:

               - full-time postdoctoral research positions

               - salary dependent on experience, gross salary between € 3.227 and € 4.778

               - starting date preferably September 2013

               - the primary workplace will be determined in agreement with your profile


Applications should include:

            - a cover letter specifying the specific WP to which you are applying, your motivation, research experience, interests & plans

            - a curriculum vitae

            - a list of publications

            - the names of two persons who can provide references


The deadline for applications:  May 15, 2013

Applications should be sent electronically to:

Prof. Peter Hagoort

Radboud University Nijmegen

[email protected]


Postdoctoral Positions--Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery at Northwestern University

Applications for post-doctoral fellows in the Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery at Northwestern University are invited (start date from April 1 to September 1, 2013). Under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Thompson, fellows will be involved in research examining neurocognitive mechanisms of normal and agrammatic aphasic sentence processing. 


With emphasis on the natural history of recovery of sentence deficits and 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 positions is part of a large-scale NIH supported P50 Center grant. Individuals with a strong background in language science and a PhD in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, communication sciences and disorders, linguistics, psychology, or related fields 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 Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory website: Applications accepted until April 1, 2013. Send CV, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to Mary Cosic at [email protected] 


Postdoctoral Positions--Department of Neurology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York

Two NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Kristina Simonyan in the Department of Neurology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. The research emphases of the laboratory is on understanding the brain mechanisms of normal and disordered voice and speech production as well as identifying the neurological correlates of primary focal dystonias using a multi-modal neuroimaging approach (fMRI, DTI, high-resolution MRI, PET). The specific project will involve understanding of brain abnormalities associated with genetic risk factors in patients with spasmodic dysphonia (or laryngeal dystonia) using a combination of structural and functional neuroimaging techniques, genetic analysis, clinico-behavioral testing, and genetic testing. The postdoctoral fellow will function as part of a multi-disciplinary team of neuroscientists, geneticists and clinicians.


Minimal qualifications include PhD or MD/PhD in Neuroscience, Communication Sciences or other relevant areas of biomedical research. Solid knowledge of image processing using computational (e.g., Linux, MATLAB) and statistical (e.g., AFNI, FSL, SPM) methods is a plus. The candidate should be independent, self-motivated, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, related publication records, and sufficient experience in neuroimaging, neurological and/or communication disorders.


Mount Sinai Medical Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We recognize the power and importance of a diverse employee population and strongly encourage applicants with various experiences and backgrounds.


Inquires, including candidate's CV and brief description of research experience and interests, should be sent to Dr. Kristina Simonyan at [email protected]


Two Postdoctoral Fellowships, Institute for Mind and Brain, University of South Carolina

Postdoctoral Fellow: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language

A post-doctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Rutvik Desai at the University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology. The lab focuses on cognitive neuroscience of language, semantic memory, and embodiment using fMRI, TMS, patient studies, and computational modeling.


Postdoctoral Fellow: Cognitive Neuroscience of Visual Cognition

A post-doctoral research position is available in John Henderson's Visual Cognition Lab. The lab focuses on eye movements, attention, and visual cognition in scene perception and reading using co-registration of eye movements with fMRI, EEG, TMS, tDCS, along with computational modeling.


The Fellows will have an exciting opportunity to pursue collaborative and self-directed projects at one of the premier cognitive neuroscience centers in the country, the new Institute for Mind and Brain ( Successful candidates will have the opportunity to interact with a large and vibrant cognitive neuroimaging community of faculty, post-docs, and students. In addition to excellent fMRI, TMS, tDCS, and EEG facilities, three state of the art eyetrackers are available. One is interfaced with the 3T Siemens Trio scanner, one with high-density EEG, and the third is stand-alone.


Candidates with a PhD in any of the cognitive sciences broadly defined (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or a related field) are welcome to apply. A research background in cognitive science/cognitive neuroscience of language (for the language position) or vision and attention (for the visual cognition position) is required. Experience with one or more of fMRI, eyetracking, lesion-symptom mapping, behavioral testing or imaging of patient populations or children, TMS, computational modeling, or machine learning is highly desirable. Salary will be at NIH post-doctoral rates and commensurate with experience. Initial appointments will be for two years with opportunity for extension to three years.


For the language position, applications should be sent to SCDeLab at gmail dot com. For the visual cognition position, applications should be sent to john dot henderson at sc dot edu. Applications should include CV, brief statement of research interests, relevant publications, and names of three referees (who will be asked for a reference letter if necessary). The starting date is flexible, but earlier is better. Applications will be assessed as they arrive.


The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 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.


Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience at Georgetown University

The Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery and the laboratory of Professor Elissa Newport, director, are seeking a postdoctoral fellow capable of taking a leadership role in a new line of research focused on language, cognitive, and motor development after perinatal stroke, as compared with recovery of the same functions in adults after stroke to similar cortical areas.  The research involves longitudinal research, observing and testing infants and young children who have suffered a perinatal stroke to the left or right hemisphere; and cross-sectional research, observing and testing older children and young adults who have grown up after the same type of stroke, or adults who have experienced a comparable stroke during adulthood.  Our aim is understand how reorganization of cortical functions occurs after stroke early versus late in life.  The research will involve both behavioral and fMRI tasks, with a particular focus on fMRI and DTI analyses in both children and adults.  Our research team includes developmental cognitive scientists and cognitive neuroscientists, adult and pediatric stroke neurologists, and experts in fMRI with children and adults.  Candidates with experience in both language/cognitive development and fMRI research are preferred.  The research will take place at Georgetown University Medical Center, Children's National Medical Center, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, all in Washington DC and all affiliated within the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery.  Start date is anytime from January through July 2013, whenever a top candidate is identified.


Interested applicants should submit a CV and statement of research interests and background, and request 3 letters of recommendation, sent to Professor Elissa L. Newport, Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, Georgetown University, at [email protected].


Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language at University of Maryland

Applications are solicited for a postdoctoral position in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab at the University of Maryland Department of Linguistics. Applicants should have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, or a related field. Prior experience in language processing research or fMRI is required, and experience in both is a distinct advantage. International applicants are welcome. 


The successful candidate will contribute to research that seeks to combine the strengths of multiple neuroimaging and behavioral measures to understand the dynamics of language processing in the brain. The Department of Linguistics ( is part of a large and vibrant community of language scientists across the UMD campus ( The department houses state-of-the-art facilities for conducting EEG and MEG research, and a 3T MRI scanner was installed on campus in 2011 as the centerpiece of the new Maryland Neuroimaging Center ( Candidates who could contribute to the development of fMRI analysis routines and provide support to other members of the group in conducting fMRI experiments are thus especially desired. 


The appointment will be made for one year beginning in Summer/Fall 2013, with possibility of renewal for a second year. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but for best consideration please submit materials by March 15, 2013. Applicants should send a cover letter, a statement of research interests, relevant manuscripts and publications, and the names of 3 referees to Professor Ellen Lau at [email protected]


Postdoctoral Position--University of Pennsylvania, USA 

The Grossman Lab in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for a funded, 2-3 year postdoctoral position using structural and functional MRI to investigate the neuroanatomic basis for executive resources during sentence processing in healthy aging.  Preference will be given to individuals with previous experience in the neurobiology of language, healthy aging, and fMRI.


Please send a CV, a representative publication, a one-page description of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to:

Murray Grossman, 

Department of Neurology - 2 Gibson

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

3400 Spruce St

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283


The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in its employment practices. 



Research Assistant Positions


Five Post-Baccalaureate Research Positions--Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland is looking to fill up to five full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers. Starting date for all positions is Summer/Fall 2013. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a very active lab as preparation for a research career. Applicants must be US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and should have completed a BA or BS degree by the time of appointment. The ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a distinct advantage. Applicants may request to be considered for all five positions. 


The positions are open until filled, but for best consideration, applications should be received by  April 5th. Details at


Positions #1 & #2: Baggett Research Fellowships 

Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions. Fellows can pursue research in linguistics, cognitive (neuro-)science of language, language acquisition, or computational modeling. 1-2 positions are available for 2013-2014. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. Contact person: Dr Andrea Zukowski (address below). For further details, including the faculty mentor list: 


Position #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience 

This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques, including electrophysiological brain recordings (training provided). The person will also contribute to Maryland's IGERT training program in Language Science, ( Previous experience in (psycho-)linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension. Contact Dr. Colin Phillips (address below). Application requirements same as for Baggett Fellowships. 


Position #4: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience 

This person will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of projects examining language comprehension with behavioral and neurophysiological recording methods including ERP, MEG, and fMRI (training provided). Previous experience in linguistics and/or language processing is preferred; reasonable comfort with basic programming and statistics is a significant plus. 1 year initial appointment with possibility of extension. Contact person: Dr. Ellen Lau (address below). Application requirements same as for Baggett Fellowships. 


Position #5: MEG Laboratory Manager

This person will play a leading role in the operation of a magnetoencephalography (MEG) facility that is managed jointly by the Dept. of Linguistics and the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, and serves researchers from many departments, for studies on language, vision, memory, reading, audition, and kinesiology. The person will be trained as an expert user of the facility, will help to guide and train other users, will coordinate and enhance resources for the experimental paradigms in use in the lab, and will manage the smooth daily operation of the lab. The person will also have opportunities to participate in and/or lead research projects, and participate in a range of other intellectual activities in language and cognitive neuroscience. Previous laboratory experience is preferred, and the ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people and technologies is strongly preferred. Prior experience with MEG or other electrophysiological techniques is NOT required. The position is for a one year initial appointment, with the possibility of extension beyond that time. For more information contact lab co-directors Dr. Ellen Lau (Linguistics; address below). Application requirements are the same as for the Baggett Fellowships.


Applicants may request to be considered for all five positions, or any subset. Applicants for any of these positions should submit a cover letter outlining relevant background and interests, including potential faculty mentors (multiple mentors are possible), a current CV, and names and contact information for 3 potential referees. Reference letters are not needed as part of the initial application. Applicants should also send a writing sample. All application materials should be submitted electronically to the following recipients:


Positions #1-#2 - Andrea Zukowski ([email protected]). Put 'Baggett Fellowship' in the subject line. 

Position #3 - Colin Phillips ([email protected]). Put 'Research Assistantship' in the subject line. 

Position #4 - Ellen Lau ([email protected]).  Put 'Research Assistantship' in the subject line. 

Position #5 - Ellen Lau ([email protected]).   Put 'MEG Lab Manager' in the subject line.


The Department of Linguistics has shared facilities for testing of infants, children and adults, 2 eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility. The department is part of a vibrant language science community that numbers 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate students across 10 departments, and is affiliated with the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program and the new Maryland Neuroimaging Center. 

Best Consideration for Applications: 5-Apr-2013



Research Technician Positions


Research Technician Positions--Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery at Northwestern University

Applicants for Research Technicians in the Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery at Northwestern University are invited (start date from April 1 to September 1, 2013). Technicians will be involved in research examining neurocognitive mechanisms of normal and disordered language processing. Activities include assistance with development of experimental protocols, data collection, and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data (e.g., fMRI, EEG). Individuals with a strong academic background in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, communication sciences and disorders, linguistics, and/or psychology are invited to apply, with coursework in statistics and research methodology required. For more information see the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory website: Applications accepted until April 15, 2013. Send CV, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to Mary Cosic at [email protected] 



Advanced Degree Programs


PhD Position--The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS)

The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS) in Leipzig and its newly established Otto Hahn Group on the "Neural Bases of Intonation in Speech", led by Daniela Sammler, are now offering a PhD position for 3 years in a research project on social aspects of prosody perception in speech using fMRI, MEG and/or TMS.


There is much more to human communication than the (de)coding of the explicit, propositional meaning of a vocal speech signal. Between the lines, the vocal output reveals a lot about the speakers' believes, attitudes (e.g., sympathy, dominance), and communicative intentions (e.g., to warn, to request, to command, to tease). Much of such implicit, illocutionary meaning is conveyed by the "manner of saying", i.e. the speech prosody, and the interpretation of those subtleties involves a lot of pragmatic inference. There is growing evidence that this latter faculty is distinct from our language abilities such as phonology, syntax and semantics, making it reasonable to assume the involvement of brain areas beyond the well-known fronto-temporal language network in human vocal communication. The goal of the PhD project is to investigate the neural bases of decoding communicative intentions conveyed by prosody (i.e. HOW something is said) in contrast to and in interaction with the decoding of propositional meaning (i.e. WHAT is said).


Applicants must have a master degree (or equivalent) in psychology, cognitive sciences, neuroscience, medicine, linguistics, or a related field. Proficiency in oral and written English is necessary. A solid methods background (statistics and programming) as well as prior experience with either fMRI or EEG/MEG are highly desirable. Most importantly, the successful applicant will share our enthusiasm in research questions on prosody and the social brain in vocal communication.


Preferable starting date is July 2013. Salary is dependent on experience and based on MPI stipends or equivalent salary according to German Public service regulations.


The research will be conducted at the MPI-CBS in Leipzig, Germany, an internationally leading center for cognitive and imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7T MRI scanner, three 3T MRI scanners, a 306 channels MEG system, a TMS system and several EEG suites. All facilities are supported by experienced IT and physicist staff. Our institute (just 190 km or 70 minutes by train, south of Berlin) offers a very international environment, with English and German being the languages spoken in the laboratory. It offers a friendly and generous environment of researchers with diverse backgrounds and with an excellent infrastructure.


In order to increase the proportion of female staff members, applications from female scientists are particularly encouraged. Preference will be given to disabled persons with the same qualification.


Applications should be sent to the email below as a single, appropriately named pdf email attachment. It should enclose a cover letter (max. 2 pages) that also specifies your future research interests; a CV; up to three representative reprints; and contact details of two personal references. This call remains open until the position is filled. The application should be kindly sent to [email protected] using the code "PhD 3/13" in the subject.


For further details please contact Dr Daniela Sammler, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, [email protected]


Master in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language - BCBL, 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. The duration of the program is one academic year with 60 ECTS credits. The 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.



- Application submitted online from March to May, 2013 (exact dates to be confirmed)
- Notification of the Master's admissions board's decision: JUNE 2013
- Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate in the program by MONDAY, 15 JULY 2013

For detailed information, please visit


12 scholarships are available at the BCBL for one year. The scholarships cover the program tuition and a monthly financial aid of 600€. Scholarships will be awarded by the BCBL based on the candidates' profile and CV. All received applications will be considered for scholarships, so no additional application is required.




San Diego, California, USA 

November 6 - 8, 2013

San Diego by Night


Society for the Neurobiology of Language