March 2015





First_StoryHotel Reservations Now Available for SNL 2015


The Drake Hotel in Chicago is now offering hotel rooms for the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting. This elegant hotel, conceived by the Drake brothers nearly a century ago, is the perfect venue for SNL 2015, October 15 - 17, 2015.


The Drake Hotel was highly acclaimed from the outset and has hosted royalty, celebrities, diplomats, and newcomers, treating them all with the same grace and style. The Drake, where the Magnificent Mile begins, offers easy access to the City's most exclusive shopping, night life and dining. So, book your reservation early to take advantage of the SNL block of available rooms at the reduced rate of $269/night.


Reserve a room for SNL 2015.



Upcoming Dates for SNL 2015


Call for Abstracts and Symposia: April 2, 2015

Early Registration Opens: May 2, 2015

Deadline to Submit Abstracts: June 4, 2015 





SNL 2015

 October 15 - 17, 2015

Chicago, Illinois



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March Job Postings and Announcements





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Master's Program


Master in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language - BCBL


Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language

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


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

For more information about the master's program, visit 


For more information about the BCBL, visit


Application Process:

Details of application requirements can be found at:


Application Periods:


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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




Faculty Positions


Faculty Positions in Cognitive/Educational Neuroscience at Gallaudet University


The exciting interdisciplinary PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program at Gallaudet University (Washington, D.C.) is seeking applicants with an expertise in Cognitive Neuroscience-Educational Neuroscience at the assistant or associate professor level for two (2) tenure-track positions beginning in Fall 2015.

1: Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professorship in the PhD Program in Educational Neuroscience with an emphasis on the neural basis of learning in child development.
2: Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professorship in the PhD Program in Educational Neuroscience with an emphasis on the neural basis of motion perception, especially the integration of motion perception and visual processes.
Specific questions may be addressed either to Provost Erting ([email protected]) or to Professor Laura-Ann Petitto ([email protected]), Chair, PhD in Educational Neuroscience Steering Committee.


Director, Human Brain Imaging Center


The University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a position as Director of the newly developed Human Brain Imaging Center, beginning July 1, 2015.  We seek candidates who have a strong track record of research publications and funding in MR neuroimaging, administrative experience with an imaging center, and who have an extensive background in imaging sciences including but not limited to imaging applications, high field technology development including RF coils, gradient technology, pulse sequences, advanced spectroscopy and analytic techniques. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. or M.D. and must have research experience in one or more of the following disciplines: Psychology, Neuroscience, Physics, Bioengineering or Medicine. The director will be tasked with building a highly competitive MRI imaging center focused on basic and theoretical research with the potential for translational applications.   Primary duties include managing the finances and general operations of the center, serving as the interface between the imaging center and campus administration, and facilitating brain imaging research of faculty and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds. The Director will also oversee a governing board of the center (consisting of current faculty with MRI research interests), develop and maintain the research agreement with the MRI vendor, and provide the interface between the center and the Research Office regarding the development of intellectual property.


Applicants should be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.  Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Review of completed applications begins April 6, 2015 and continues until the position is filled.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing administrative experience, research and teaching interests, their curriculum vitae, reprints and preprints, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation provided, all using the following link: Questions about the position should be directed to Professor John Andersen, Chair, Brain Imaging Director Search Committee, at [email protected].


The Riverside campus of the University of California is growing rapidly with plans to hire 300 faculty and develop science infrastructure over the next several years.  The campus is centrally located in Southern California, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles and less than an hour's drive from the area's mountains, deserts and beaches. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


Tenure Track Position "Neuropsychology of Language and Language Disorders"


Application deadline: 17 May 2015


The research consortium Language in Interaction invites applications for a tenure track position, offered with a view to long-term embedding of neuropsychological research in a clinical setting, and enhancement of collaborative research in the field of language-related disorders.


The specific focus of the position is on the neuropsychology of language, bridging gaps at the clinical /non-clinical intersection (e.g. language-related disorders). This integration can be achieved using a varied set of methods, such as behavioural experimentation, functional neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and formal computational modelling of language processes.

You will head an independent research group to be established to promote the interaction between clinical and pre-clinical researchers. You will be expected 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. Administrative duties will include local and/or national committee memberships. With a view to continuation, the position may be expanded to include teaching and clinical work. You will be provided with budgetary resources, a PhD student or technician, materials and consumables.

Work environment
The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The Language in Interaction consortium, sponsored by a Gravitation grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO), brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands in a research programme on the foundations of language. Excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition is combined with state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in complex research methods and utilization.

This position is equally shared by two research centres within Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University and RadboudUMC. The Donders Institute is a world-class research centre devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of human cognition and behaviour. The institute conducts research in an international setting with more than 600 researchers from 35 countries. English is the lingua franca. In 2013, the Donders Institute was assessed by an international evaluation committee as excellent and recognized as a 'very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent'.


What we expect from you
You should be a creative and talented researcher, a strong experimenter in the neuropsychology of language, and have a clinical background and experience with patient studies.


Other requirements are:
− a PhD degree in a field relevant to the position concerned;
− an established international reputation;
− strong track record of peer-reviewed international publications;
− experience with successfully applying for external funding;
− experience with (co-)supervision of PhD students;
− management skills required for academic leadership.


What we have to offer
- full time position
- a maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,171 based on a 38-hour working week; starting salary depends on qualifications and experience;
- you will be appointed for a period of 48 months; after 4 years, a permanent position will be offered if your performance is evaluated positively.


Are you interested?

Check this link for more information on this job offer and how to apply:



Research Positions




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


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


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


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

Kevin Whelihan, Administrator

MRRI, MossRehab @ Elkins Park

50 Township Line Road

Elkins Park, PA 19027

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


RESEARCH FACULTY POSITIONS at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language 

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers research staff positions in several areas: language acquisition, production, multilingualism, neurodegeneration of language, language and learning disorders, neurocognition of language and advanced methods for cognitive neuroscience.

The Center promotes a rich research environment without teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs. There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). These are positions with a term of appointment between 3 and 5 years. Successful candidates will normally have had 3-5 years of postdoctoral experience.

We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, and physicists and/or engineers with MRI expertise.

Deadline: April 15th, 2015.

Candidates should have a strong publication track record and postdoctoral experience. To submit your application please follow this link: 

For further information about the positions, please contact Manuel Carreiras ([email protected])

Research Assistant/Laboratory Manager Position Cognitive Recovery Lab


The Research Assistant/Lab Manager will assist with cognitive neuroscience research studies and work collaboratively with students and post-doctoral scientists in the Cognitive Recovery Lab. Dr. Turkeltaub's research lab investigates the brain basis of language and recovery from aphasia. The lab also tests neuromodulatory treatments for aphasia in clinical trials. A variety of techniques are used including functional and structural MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation, and EEG. Visit our website for more information at


The Research Assistant/Lab Manager will have the opportunity to run experiments involving participants with and without brain injuries, perform statistical analyses, present research at conferences, and write papers. S/he will also assist with grant preparation and be responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the lab, including IRB protocols.

Minimum requirements for the position include a Bachelor's degree, and prior research experience in cognitive psychology, neuroscience or related field. Prior MRI research and prior experience with people with aphasia are highly desirable. Individuals with programming experience, working knowledge of Matlab, EPrime, or R will be given preference. The candidate must be organized, personable, responsible, reliable, self-motivated, and efficient. The candidate must be comfortable working with patient populations.

This is a full-time position with a minimum two-year commitment. Interested candidates should email a CV, writing sample, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Turkeltaub at [email protected]. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.


Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.


Peter Turkeltaub. MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Georgetown University and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

[email protected] 



The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

PhD position for 3 years in a research project on speech perception and production using TMS and fMRI or MEG.


During every-day conversations, we produce well-articulated speech and comprehend the meaning of words and the speaker's emotions and intentions without any effort. What seems so easy is based on highly complex neural processes that afford the reciprocal integration of auditory and motor signals that are still poorly understood. Does speech production rely on a hemispheric specialization at the level of the motor cortex? How does the motor cortex support speech perception? The PhD project will address these questions with a combination of neuroscientific methods (TMS, fMRI, MEG) and acoustic analyses.


Applicants must have a master degree (or equivalent) in speech science, psychology, cognitive sciences, neuroscience, medicine, phonetics 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 functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) are highly desirable. Most importantly, the successful applicant will share our enthusiasm in research questions on speech and prosody in perception and production.


Preferable starting date is June 2015. Salary is dependent on experience and based on the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society.

The research is 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 systems. All facilities are supported by experienced IT and physicist staff. Our institute 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 closes on April 30, 2015. Interviews will be held in the first week of May 2015. The application should be sent directly to [email protected] using the code "PhD 3/15" in the subject.


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



Tufts University Research Assistant Position

START DATE: Summer 2015

JOB DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW: We are seeking a full time Research Assistant to assist with all aspects of our cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistic research. Our lab is interested in where and when the brain is activated during language processing. For more information about what we do, see: The responsibilities of this position are very varied and involve the coordination of all aspects of research projects, including collecting and analyzing neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, ERP) data, statistical analysis, scientific manuscript writing, and maintaining the day-to-day operations of the lab.

In addition to the intellectual reward, the position would give the holder experience of research in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, psycholinguistics, clinical applications, as well as database and program management. This is an ideal research opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, psycholinguistics or cognitive psychology. Our lab has sites at both Tufts University (Medford, MA) and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Charlestown, MA), both of which are easily accessible from Boston, MA.

(1) B.A., B.Sc. degree in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, or a closely related field
(2) Strong interest in how language is processed in the brain.
(3) Very strong quantitative and analytic skills.
(4) Some research experience with statistics and familiarity with statistical analysis software such as SPSS or R.

(5) Strong computational skills and some programming experience (e.g. Python, R, MATLAB) and familiarity with Linux/Unix environments and bash/shell scripting.
(6) Very strong organizational skills: Must be self-motivated, resourceful, very organized, able to multi-task and prioritize.
(7) Ability to work well in teams, with strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
(8) A two-year time commitment is requested. 

OTHER: Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Tufts University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Full-time employees receive full benefits.

CONTACT: Please email the following to Gina Kuperberg, M.D., Ph.D., [email protected]:
(1) A cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, specific research and administrative experience, detailing how your skills match the job description, as well as describing your aims for the future.
(2) A CV that includes courses you have taken together with your GPA and grades, as well as a description of your research experience.
(3) The names and contact details of three references


A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences


The objective of the postdoctoral research project is to use high-resolution functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to understand the role of subcortical sensory structures in human perception and communication.


The MPI-CBS is an internationally leading centre for cognitive and imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, several 3.0 T MRI scanners, a 306 channels MEG system, TMS, tDCS, several EEG suites, and eye-tracking labs. All facilities and data analyses are supported by experienced IT specialists and physicists. Besides an excellent infrastructure, our institute offers an international and friendly environment with researchers from diverse backgrounds. The postdoc will be member of the group "Neural Mechanisms of Human Communication" led by Katharina von Kriegstein.


The candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent) in neuroscience, experimental psychology, biology, or a related field, and should be able to demonstrate a consistently outstanding academic record, including publications. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the acquisition and analysis of neuroscientific data. Prior experience with high-resolution functional or structural MRI is preferred.


The starting date for this position is flexible. Initially for two years, the position offers the possibility of extension for up to four years. Salary depends on experience and is based on regulations of the Max Planck Society.


To apply, please include all documents in one PDF-file in the following order: CV, contact information for two references, a brief statement describing your personal qualifications and future research interests, copies of up to three of your publications. Applications with the subject heading "HC15PD" should be sent via email to: [email protected] The deadline for application submission is 17 April 2015.


Contact for informal enquiries regarding the post: Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein ([email protected]). For more information about the group see:


The MPI-CBS is an equal opportunities employer, committed to the advancement of individuals without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender, or disability.






Summer Program


RADIANT Summer Institute in Neurotechnology Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (NICE)


August 10-21, 2015

Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada


The commercial potential of neurotechnologies is rapidly changing from science fiction to reality. At the same time, less than 50% of new PhDs in life sciences are finding faculty jobs. 


There are huge opportunities for young scientists to make an impact with neurotechnology, both in industry and academia. However, few graduate training programs give students the professional skills or know-how they need to understand the process of commercialization, or to find or create their dream jobs. 


Enter NICE: a 2-week summer boot camp in neurotechnology innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. NICE brings students and postdocs from diverse disciplines for a 2-week, project-based program. Past participants have come from backgrounds including neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, medicine, physical therapy, pharmacology, chemistry,  physics, linguistics, and defence research. In their projects, trainees work in teams to develop a viable business model for a proposed neurotechnology solution. Along the way, they receive mentorship from successful entrepreneurs, top entrepreneurship trainers, academics working in partnership with industry, clinicians, intellectual property specialists, angel investors, and more. An emphasis is placed on the "lean startup" approach popularized by authors including Steve Blank, Eric Ries, and Alex Osterwalder.  


NICE is open to anyone, from anywhere, with a focus on graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, though advanced undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply. 


Application deadline is May 1, 2015


NICE is offered as both a for-credit class at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Credit may be transferable to the student's home institution.


Successful applicants will receive a FULL SCHOLARSHIP covering the costs of tuition for the course, as well as lodging in student dorms. Some meals are also included. NICE is sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and by Dalhousie University's Brain Repair Centre and Faculty of Graduate Studies. 


For more information, and to apply, please visit or contact [email protected]


For more information on the NSERC-funded RADIANT CREATE training program in neurotechnology commercialization, including graduate certificates and undergraduate summer fellowships, please see





Conferences, Workshops and Symposia


The 9th International Morphological Processing Conference

The 9th International Morphological Processing Conference will be held on 18 - 20 June 2015 in Potsdam, Germany. In addition to regular talks and posters there will be three symposia on "The timing of morphological processing", "Morphology in multilingual language processing" and "Morphology in agreement processing" as well as a pre-conference workshop on Eye tracking paradigms for morphological processing (17 June 2015, sponsored by SMI).


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

Please note that the abstract submission deadline has been extended to 22 March 2015. Submission guidelines can be found at 


We look forward to welcoming you to Potsdam!


Workshop on neuro- and psycholinguistic approaches to the grammar-lexicon distinction 1.-3. October 2015 at University of Copenhagen, Denmark


This workshop brings together psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, aphasiology and linguistics to discuss the distinction between grammar and lexicon.


Particular attention will be given to questions like the following:

-What are the processing differences between production of grammatical and production of lexical items? Are these differences similar to differences pertaining to perception of grammatical and lexical items?

 - Are different brain areas involved in the processing of grammatical and lexical items?

- Are agrammatic symptoms better accounted for in terms of specific linguistic disorders (e.g. the Derived Order Problem Hypothesis; Bastiaanse & van Zonneveld, 2003) or in terms of pure processing deficits (e.g. Kolk & Heeschen, 1992)?

- Are there modality-specific processing differences between grammar and lexicon? For example, are there processing differences found only in written languages?


Confirmed invited speakers

- Roelien Bastiaanse, University Groningen

- Gesa Hartwigsen, Kiel University

- Yury Shtyrov, Aarhus University

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

- David Caplan, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital


Deadline for sending abstracts: May, 17th 2015 For more information and registration:


The workshop is organized by the research group ProGram at the University Copenhagen. ProGram is dedicated to investigating the grammar-lexicon distinction from neurolinguistic, psycholinguistic and aphasiological perspectives. More information about ProGram can be found at:



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


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


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


The main CNS2015 meeting begins on Saturday, March 28th, and so our symposium will take place at UCSF the day before, on Friday, March 27th. The website for CNS2015 is


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


Looking forward to seeing you all in San Francisco!


John Houde

Associate Professor

UCSF Speech Neuroscience Lab

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

University of California San Francisco



Society for the Neurobiology of Language