November 2014





First_StoryAnnouncing SNL 2015 in Chicago!


Last month we announced that the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language will be held in Chicago, Illinois on October 15-17, 2015. The Meeting will be at the well-known Drake Hotel - a symbol of elegance since 1920.


There are myriad of things to do and places to visit in Chicago. Take a boat tour on the Chicago River and explore Chicago's architectural wonders on the Only River in the World that Flows Backwards. Visit the Tallest Building in North America at the Willis Tower where you can step onto the suspended glass box observatory and find yourself 1,000 feet in the sky.


Your trip to Chicago will be a culinary adventure with countless options from tasty cheap eats to avant-garde cuisine. Besides Chicago's famous deep dish pizza and hot dogs, there are 77 diverse neighborhoods offering international aromas for your choosing like Chinatown, Little Italy, and Chicago's Mexican-American community. Some of these ethnic inspired eateries include Middle Eastern, French, Polish and Japanese.


Or take a Chicago Food Tour which includes tasty food and drink tastings in Chicago's most delicious and off-the beaten-path neighborhoods, and receive an insider's view of the history, culture and architecture that defines this Windy City. Whatever you choose we are bound for Chicago and bound to have a great time at SNL 2015.





Important Dates 


SNL 2015

 October 15 - 17, 2015

Chicago, Illinois



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Faculty Positions




The Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, invites applicants with expertise in communication disorders and related disciplines to apply for two open-rank tenure-track faculty positions starting August, 2015.


For the first position, we are seeking candidates whose areas of expertise will complement and augment our current research strengths in psychoacoustics, cochlear implants, auditory neurophysiology and pediatrics. Candidates with research interests in the areas of aging, amplification, auditory disorders, electrophysiology, and/or auditory physiology are encouraged to apply. Evidence of a publication record is expected as well as current or potential for extramural funding commensurate with rank. Responsibilities include research, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, mentoring PhD students, and participating in the service of the department, college, and University.


For the second position, we are seeking candidates whose areas of expertise lie in the domain of communication sciences, particularly as it relates to the developing and aging brain. Relevant research interests include clinical approaches to rehabilitation, auditory and cognitive neuroscience, neural speech processing, and other related areas. Evidence of extramural funding and a publication record commensurate with rank is expected. Responsibilities include research, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, mentoring PhD students, and participating in the service of the department, college, and University.


Interested applicants should submit the following: 1) cover letter, 2) teaching statement, 3) research statement, 4) curriculum vita, and 5) names and contact information of three individuals who would be willing to provide a reference upon request of the search committee. These materials should be sent via email to [email protected]. Please include "Faculty Hire" and expected rank in the subject line (e.g., Faculty hire - associate). For complete qualifications and application information, go to The initial deadline for applications is January 2, 2015. Applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the position is closed. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply (ASU Affirmative Action). A background check is required for employment.


The Department of Speech and Hearing Science is housed in the College of Health Solutions and offers undergraduate Major and Minor degrees in Speech and Hearing Science, a Certificate for Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants, a Master's degree in Communication Disorders for SLPs, an clinical doctoral degree in Audiology (AuD), and a PhD degree in Speech and Hearing Science. The department also administers a large undergraduate program in American Sign Language. The Phoenix area has numerous clinical and research facilities available for collaboration including Barrow Neurologic Institute, Mayo Clinic and other hospital systems, and ASU research institutes. For more information please visit our website at


Questions about these positions and/or the application process may be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Dr. Andrea Pittman at (480) 727-8728 or [email protected].


Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure track position Institute of Cognitive Science, CU-Boulder


The Institute of Cognitive Science at the University Colorado Boulder is seeking to hire a tenure-track professor at the Assistant level or a tenured professor at the Associate level. Institute research is focused in three strategic areas:


* Learning and Education: theories, communities, and technologies;

* Language Processing: computational and technological advances;

* Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience: memory, executive function, language, affective, decision, social processes, brain-computer interaction.


We are looking for candidates with a strong research track record in one or more of these areas, whose work demonstrates both computational sophistication and a commitment to interdisciplinary research.


Applicants should have expertise in computational methods for the analysis and characterization of complex data sets in cognitive science, such as machine learning or network analysis (e.g., network topology, social networks, graph theory, brain or interpersonal dynamics). Cognitive scientists are at the forefront of exploiting the internet and massive data repositories (e.g., language corpora, neuroimaging collections, educational data logs) to advance understanding of learning and cognition. These data and methods for analyzing it are changing paradigms in the allied fields of cognitive science.


Applicants should demonstrate a strong capacity for, and a commitment to, interdisciplinary research and education. The Institute integrates faculty and researchers from seven departments - Computer Science, Education, Integrative Physiology, Linguistics, Philosophy; Psychology & Neuroscience; and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences - and offers a Joint PhD in Cognitive Science and an affiliated field. Ideal candidates can collaborate with faculty across these departments and teach courses in cognitive science and an allied field(s). This vanguard characteristic should be evident in the applicant's publication history."


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a field related to Cognitive Science. For full consideration, applications should be completed by December 1,2014 but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


Applications should include a current curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research philosophy, publications demonstrating the characteristics described above, and a cover letter specifically addressing the applicant's match to the criteria described above. Applications are not considered complete until all letters of recommendation have been received.


Applications will only be accepted at


The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at [email protected].


The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment.


For questions please contact:


Donna Caccamise, Search Committee Chair

[email protected] 



Junior PI Position 'Neuroanatomy of Language' in Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1 FTE)

Maximum salary: € 5,070 gross/month 
Closing date: 01 February 2015
For more information:


The NWO Gravitation consortium 'Language in Interaction' invites applications for a junior PI position.
We are looking for a highly motivated, creative and talented researcher who is able to establish a junior PI group on 'the neuroanatomy of language'. The junior PI and his/her group will 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.
You will be given the opportunity to establish your own independent research group, and you will have free access to the Donders Institute's scanning facilities. You will be expected to conduct research in one or more research areas relevant to the position applied for. Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD projects will be part of your responsibilities. Administrative duties will include local and/or national and international committee memberships. You will be provided with budgetary resources for a PhD candidate or technician, materials and consumables.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The research consortium 'Language in Interaction', sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO) brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. The consortium includes representatives from seven universities and one research institute in the Netherlands. These are Radboud University (RU), University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Maastricht (UM), Leiden University (LU), Utrecht University (UU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Tilburg University (TiU), and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI). 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 consortium achieves both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world.


The position will be embedded in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Both institutes conduct research in an international setting. English is the lingua franca.

Click here for more information on the Junior PI position and how to apply.




Postdoc Positions


Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Translational Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation


Three year NIH-funded fellowships are available at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), for research training in cognitive and motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation. This program is designed specifically to prepare young investigators to adapt emerging theoretical advances to the development of rehabilitation treatments. To that end, we invite applications from (1) individuals with relevant basic science training who wish to learn to apply basic science principles to the study and treatment of neurological deficits and (2) individuals with relevant clinical training who wish to learn cutting-edge neuroscience and neurorehabilitation research methods. Fellows will train with a primary mentor at either MRRI or Penn and will interact with peers and mentors with diverse clinical and experimental backgrounds. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all of the available positions are filled. Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.


A complete list of available mentors and instructions for application are available at


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer; we are committed to ensuring a range of diversity among our training classes, and we strive to select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences. All things being equal, consideration is given to candidates who identify themselves as members of historically under-represented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status, as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation, or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status. This may be indicated in the cover letter.


Applications should be submitted to Kevin Whelihan, Research Administrator, ([email protected] ) and must include:

- current CV

- cover letter describing research interests and career goals. Given the translational focus of the training program, applicants should indicate a preferred primary mentor and, if possible, one or more secondary mentors who appear to offer the best fit in balancing basic and applied aspects of the candidate's interests.

- 2-3 letters of reference






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 Position in Acquired Disorders of Language and Related Cognitive Disorders


Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) seeks a mid-career, established scientist to join its historic program in language and related cognitive disorders. This is a full-time independent research position at the equivalent of Full or Associate Professor. The successful applicant would be expected to bring a mature, independent program of research, mentor junior colleagues, and foster research collaborations within and outside MRRI. Junior investigators with a strong publication record, grant funding history, and leadership potential will also be considered.


MRRI is known internationally for its research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation. Our research scientists share an interest in translating basic science findings into applications that can aid in the diagnosis, explanation, or treatment of clinical disorders, particularly those associated with stroke or TBI. The ideal candidate is a cognitive, clinical, or neuroscientist who studies language within this translational framework. Preference will be given to candidates who complement the faculty's interest in areas like language learning, semantics, action planning, cognitive control, neuromodulation, neuroplasticity, and lesion-symptom mapping (for details, consult our website:


MRRI's 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 collegial environment and its 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.  


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. A multi-year re-location/transition package is available.


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 may submit a cover letter and CV to Kevin Whelihan, Administrator, MRRI, MossRehab @ Elkins Park, 50 E. Township Line Road, 2nd Floor West Building, 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. Contact information for MRRI faculty can be found at





PhD Program


2015 IMPRS for Language Sciences PhD positions


The IMPRS for Language Sciences is now advertising three fully funded PhD positions.

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies of the Radboud University. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities (from genetics labs, advanced brain imaging techniques, psychology labs to supported fieldwork opportunities), and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment (see


We aim to attract outstanding students who wish to earn a PhD degree in any area of Languages Sciences. Broad questions addressed by students of the IMPRS include: What is the architecture of the language system? How is language represented in the brain? How does your genome help you speak? Why is the human brain capable of learning and processing diverse languages? If you have a background in Psychology, Linguistics, Genetics, or Neuroscience, you could contribute to fundamental science in this area and earn a PhD degree in the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences.


PhD projects are fully funded for three years. PhD students receive a monthly salary sufficient to cover living costs in Nijmegen. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants must have a Master's degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2015) in a relevant field. The working language of the research school is English.

Please email your application as one PDF document including the following information:


1. Curriculum vitae. Include:

* Relevant work and educational background

* Details about your Master's degree, including names of supervisors, date of completion, title of thesis, a brief description of your topic

*Grades for relevant coursework 
*Details about relevant technical or research skills (e.g., programming, statistics, experimental design/methods, molecular biology, neuroimaging, practical phonetics, corpus methods, fieldwork).


2. Research proposal. On a single page, please provide:

*Potential title of your project (maximally 10 words)

*The name of the research institute(s) and/or department(s) within the IMPRS that you would regard as your primary affiliation

*Research question (one sentence, maximally 20 words)

*Theoretical motivation of the proposed research (why is your question interesting?)

An outline of the empirical approach (which method(s) will you employ?)


The details of the research project will be agreed with the supervisors. We ask for a proposal to get a first impression of your interests.


3. References. Please provide contact details of two academic referees. Non-native speakers of English must also provide a TOEFL/Cambridge/IELTS certificate or equivalent before taking up the post.


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

Closing date for the applications is January 20 2015. (Skype) interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held in March. Start date for the positions is 1 September 2015.





Masters Program


Master in Brain and Cognition being offered at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Barcelona Spain (


The core of the master's programme is composed of the research groups at UPF's Center for Brain and Cognition (


These groups are directed by renowned scientists in areas such as computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, vision, multisensory perception, human development and comparative cognition.


Students will be exposed to the ongoing research projects at the Center for Brain and Cognition and will be integrated in one of its main research lines, where they will conduct original research for their final project.


The rolling application period is from 24 November to 26 June, 2015.


Please visit the Master's web page or contact [email protected] for further information.




Conferences and Symposia


Montreal Bilingual Brain Initiative Symposium: Multiple Perspectives on Bilingualism and the Brain, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University


On behalf of the Organizing Committee: Denise Klein, Shari Baum and Vincent Gracco


The bilingual brain is of great interest to the field of neuroscience as it offers a window into questions about how our brains are shaped by experience. This international symposium on bilingualism and the brain aims to address the neural underpinnings of bilingual brain organization and issues around brain development and plasticity. Thanks to the generosity of The Blema and Arnold Steinberg Family Foundation, Centre for Research on Brain Language and Music (CRBLM) and an FRQSC Team Grant, we will bring together experts from multiple domains of neuroscience to shed light on current views of how experience influences brain function and structure from the developing brain through to old age and how we might understand brain plasticity in health and in disease.


In addition, there will be two poster sessions and a panel discussion. Program and registration information will be forthcoming.


Confirmed speakers include:


Keynote Speakers

Jubin Abutalebi, University Via-Salute San Raffaele, Italy

Jenny Crinion, University College London, UK

Narly Golestani, University Medical Center, Switzerland

Gigi Luk, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA


Local Invited Speakers

Ana Inés Ansaldo, Université de Montréal

Alan Evans, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

Shari Baum, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, McGill University

Howard Chertkow, Lady Davis Institute, McGill University

Fred Genesee, McGill University

Vincent Gracco, Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, McGill University

Denise Klein, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

Michael Petrides, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

Natalie Phillips, Concordia University

Natasha Rajah, Douglas Institute, McGill University

Jon Sakata, McGill University

Debra Titone, McGill University

Etienne de Villers-Sidani, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

Robert Zatorre, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University


The 9th International Morphological Processing Conference will be held at the University of Potsdam's Campus 'Neues Palais', Germany, from 18 June to 20 June 2015.


This biannual conference is THE international forum for experimental psycholinguistic and neuroscientific work on morphology.


The conference site - the picturesque Neues Palais, built in Prussian baroque style - is adjacent to the world-famous Park Sanssouci, a UNESCO world heritage site. 

The beautiful city of Potsdam is well-known for being uniquely situated between beautiful nature and the vibrant German capital of Berlin (about 30 - 60 minutes away by public transport). 


We are happy to announce that we are now accepting abstracts for oral presentations and posters.


The submission deadline for abstracts for posters and oral presentations is 15 March 2015. More information about the conference as well as abstract submission guidelines can be found at  

Please circulate this message to colleagues who might be interested.


We look forward to welcoming you to Potsdam!


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.


Lab PIs: please forward this email to your lab members.


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