November 8-10, 2017
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University of Pennsylvania
Postdoctoral Position in Speech Comprehension
Grossman Lab at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a motivated
and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to research
projects investigating the neurobiology of language and cognition. The
successful candidate will have completed a PhD in neuroscience,
psychology, or an equivalent field, have proven technical ability
in image analysis, and a demonstrated publication record. This position
is funded in part through a collaborative grant examining aging and
speech comprehension with Jonathan Peelle (Washington University in
Saint Louis) and Art Wingfield (Brandeis University). We are interested
in the neurobiologic basis for the interaction of acoustic challenges
(such as background noise or hearing loss), linguistic (such as syntactic
complexity or semantic predictability) and cognitive (such as working
memory) factors in aging and early dementia.
University of Pennsylvania is a leading center in human brain imaging,
with access to advanced MRI and PET imaging. The lab studies language
and cognitive processing in healthy adults, normal aging, and focal
neurodegenerative disease using converging evidence from multiple
methods. Philadelphia is an outstanding city with extraordinary
responsibilities in this position include the analysis, interpretation,
and scientific presentation of functional and structural MRI data
related to the neural systems supporting speech processing in young and
older adults. Previous experience in these areas is helpful, and the
successful candidate will benefit from demonstrated independence in
conducting analyses and interpreting results. Essential skills are
motivation, critical thinking, and a record of scientific communication
(papers, posters, and talks). Background knowledge in speech or aging,
fMRI data analysis, experience with scripting languages, and
familiarity with behavioral statistical analyses are highly desirable.
Informal inquiries can be directed to Murray Grossman ([email protected]).
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE, AND HEARING SCIENCES SCHOOL DIRECTOR POSITION
SDSU SCHOOL OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE, AND HEARING SCIENCES (SLHS) is seeking
a person to serve as Director. This individual should have significant
research, teaching, and clinical experiences; the position represents a
12-month appointment at the rank of Professor. Major responsibilities
include administering the budgetary elements aligned with academic and
clinical programs of the School, and providing leadership to further
advance its future.
include a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related
area, evidence of a strong research program and experience with
research and clinical faculty, evidence of strong leadership skills,
experience with extramural funding and/or development and management of
clinical training programs,strong organizational and interpersonal
skills for collaborating with internal and external
constituencies,evidence of achievements in teaching and scholarship consistent
with the rank of Professor, an understanding of accreditation policies
and procedures, and commitment to serving a diverse population.
School offers the BA in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and the
MA in Speech-Language Pathology, as well as two doctoral degrees: the
Au.D. and the Ph.D. in Language and Communicative Disorders, both joint
programs with the University of California, San Diego. Additional
information about the University is available at http://www.sdsu.edu. More information about the program is available at http://slhs.sdsu.edu.
via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/36879. Review of completed applications will begin November
23, 2016 and continue until the position is filled; employment to begin
Fall semester 2017. For questions, please contact Dr. Karen Emmorey ([email protected]). Formal interviews of candidates will begin in
is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer.
Caixa foundation has published the call for 57 PhD fellowships in
the framework of the program "INPhINIT". The application
period is from November 7th until February 2nd, 2017.
targets the most motivated PhD candidates by addressing the research
areas in which Spain excels: Bio and Health Sciences, Technology,
Physics, Engineering and Mathematics. INPhINIT recruits per call 57
Early-Stage Researchers of any nationality, who enjoy a 3-year
- Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language is a "Severo
Ochoa" Centre and Host Institution in INPhINIT call,
dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research, training and
knowledge transfer within the area of the Cognitive Neuroscience of
Language. The projects on offer for this call are:
- A predictive coding approach for
modeling brain activity
- Timing in audiovisual speech
integration: A neurophysiological assessment for language
- Clinical applications of
- Tracing the algorithm of bilingual
- High-resolution atlas of the human
thalamus for neuroimaging studies: application to dyslexia
- Reading development and its
- Optimization in second language
- A multimodal neuroimaging
investigation of cognitive impairment and behavioural
abnormalities in Parkinson's disease: pathophysiology and
- Development of novel methods for
studying the dynamics of functional brain connectivity with
concurrent electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance
- Advanced spatio-temporal
deconvolution algorithms to investigate brain function with
functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
- Developmental trajectories of the
neurobiological mechanisms of human consciousness
- Brain lateralization for language
The conditions are the
- 3-years contract
- Incorporation date: September
/October 2017. January 2018 under extraordinary
- 104.400 euros (34.800 euros per
year) including salary, employee social security contribution,
income taxes and all compulsory employers' contributions, this is
equivalent to a gross salary approx 26.000 euro - 28.000 euro
- 10.692 euros (3.564 euros per
year) for research costs such as conferences and workshops
attendance, short-stays, consumables and intellectual property
costs, among others.
- PhD Award of 7.500 euros will be
granted to researchers that submit their thesis within 6 months
after the end of the fellowship.
- Complementary training
Transfer and Entrepreneurship workshops by Oxford University
and Career Development sessions by Vitae.
- High-quality academic and
- Participation in outreach and
social events of la Caixa Foundation
- At the time of recruitment (start
date of the contract with the Research Centre), candidates must be
in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience)
of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral
- At the time of recruitment,
candidates must comply with one of the following options:
- To have
completed the studies that lead to an official Spanish (or from
another country of the European Higher Education Area) university
degree awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS
credits must correspond to master level.
- To have
completed a degree in a non-Spanish university not adapted to the
European Higher Education Area that gives access to doctoral
studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to
the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the
admission procedure starts.
- Mobility Rule: Candidates must not
have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies,
etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately
prior to the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays will
not be taken into account.
- Demonstrable level of English (B2
For further information, please
visit the following links:
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language -
BCBL- (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) is offering a postdoctoral
position focused on the MEG correlates of learning, as part of
ERC-funded research project (PI: Ram Frost).
successful candidate will have a rigorous background in MEG data
acquisition and analysis, a high level of independence, and a strong
publication record. Knowledge of computational, behavioral and/or fMRI
techniques would be advantageous. This project is in collaboration with
research groups at the Hebrew University and the University of Toronto
studying statistical learning and language.
November 15th, 2016.
A curriculum vitae.
2. A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000
3. Two reference letters submitted directly by the referees through the
For more information about the specifics of the
position, please contact Ram Frost ([email protected]) and for broader information about the BCBL please
contact Manuel Carreiras ([email protected]).
Hoeft Lab (http://brainLENS.org PI: Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD) at the UCSF Dept of
Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences is looking for an
exceptional postdoc in the field of neurolinguistics, with advanced
neuroimaging, computational, programming and organizational skills. Training
in genetics is a plus.
primary project that the postdoc will be responsible for is the
examination of intergenerational neuroimaging using a 'natural'
cross-fostering design that allows dissociation of genetic, prenatal
and postnatal environment on brain networks that are transmitted across
generations. Related articles from our lab can be found here - Yamagata
et al. J Neurosci 2016 (http://goo.gl/vMK8iy), Ho et al. Trends in Neurosci 2016 (http://goo.gl/SyXLcK), and Scientific American (http://goo.gl/YTiH6D). There are many opportunities to be involved in other
projects on the neuroscience of language and literacy.
position can begin immediately. Please email [email protected] with a cover letter and your CV. Please add
"[Postdoc job]" and your full name in the Subject of the
email. Qualified candidates will be asked to have 3 letters of
Weill Institute for Neurosciences
University of California, San Francisco
401 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143
Hoeft Lab (http://brainLENS.org PI: Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD) is looking for an
exceptional research assistant interested in the developmental
cognitive neuroscience of multilingualism. This NIH-funded research is
in collaboration with Cammie McBride PhD of Chinese Univ of Hong Kong,
Ken Pugh PhD of Haskins/Yale/UConn, Linda Siegel of UBC, Manolo
Carreiras PhD of BCBL, Ioulia Kovelman PhD of U Michigan, and Yuuko
Uchikoshi EdD of UC Davis. The position is suited for a self-motivated,
organized and independent thinker, with good interpersonal and
multitasking skills, as well as proficiency in the English language and
computer software. Neuroimaging, computational, statistical,
programming, and neuropsych testing skills are highly desired but not
necessary. Native-like proficiency in Spanish or Cantonese is a plus. A
major strength of our lab is that there are plenty of opportunities to
conduct independent research, to be first author on publications and to
give conference presentations as a novice RA (e.g. Myers et al. Psychol
Sci '14, Myers et al. SCAN '16, Haft et al. Curr Opin Behav Sci '16).
position begins in January but start date can be sooner and is
add "[RA job]" and your full name in the Subject of the
email. Qualified candidates will be asked to have 2-3 letters of
Weill Institute for Neurosciences
University of California, San Francisco
401 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143
Pennsylvania State University
Scholar/Age-related Differences in Language Production
The Language and Aging Lab at the Pennsylvania State University (https://sites.psu.edu/mdiazlab/) invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar. Our
lab investigates age-related differences in the neural and behavioral
bases of semantic and phonological processes, with a focus on language
production. Our primary goals are to further our understanding of the
neural factors that contribute to age-related retention and decline
seen in language; and to investigate the relationships between
structural factors, functional activations, and behavior. Our lab is
affiliated with the Center for Language Science (http://cls.psu.edu/), a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of language
researchers with expertise in bilingualism, speech language pathology,
psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. State-of- the-art
scanning and data analysis facilities are available and proximally
located at the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (http://imaging.psu.edu/).
The ideal candidate would have a background in language, aging, and
cognitive neuroscience. Experience with fMRI data analysis and/or
programming would be beneficial. For additional information about the
position, please contact the lab director, Michele Diaz, Ph.D., at [email protected]. The appointment will be for one year, with a start
date as soon as January 2017. Applicants should upload a CV, several
reprints or preprints, and a statement of research interests.
Additionally, applicants should arrange for two letters of
recommendation to be sent separately to Michele Diaz at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the position is are filled. Candidates must have
completed their Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/67167
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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is
committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified
applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN TRANSLATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE
Three year NIH-funded fellowships are available at the
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with
the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), for research training in
cognitive and motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation.
Available mentors conduct patient-oriented research
using approaches that utilize behavioral, computational, imaging,
electrophysiologic, and electrical and pharmacologic neuromodulation
methods. We welcome applications from individuals with a doctorate in
psychology, cognitive science, communication science, kinesiology,
movement science, or human neuroscience, who wish to learn to apply
basic science principles to the study and treatment of behavioral and
brain deficits in adult neurological patients. We also welcome
applications from individuals with clinical rehabilitation backgrounds
seeking to increase their depth in the basic science underpinnings of
assessment and treatment. Applicants must have a track record in
research and an interest in developing an independent research career.
Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of
the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent
residence. Both MRRI and Penn are Equal Opportunity Employers and
welcome and encourages all qualified candidates to apply including, but
not limited to, minorities and individuals with disabilities. A
complete list of available mentors and instructions for application are
available at http://mrri.org/T32.html.
should be submitted to Kevin Whelihan, Research Administrator, ( [email protected] ) and must include:
a current CV
- a 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
Postdoctoral Position, Language Neuroscience Lab
postdoctoral position is available in the Language Neuroscience
Laboratory (PI: Stephen M. Wilson, Ph.D.) at Vanderbilt University
Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
successful applicant will play a key role on an NIH-funded research
project investigating the functional reorganization of language
processing in individuals with post-stroke aphasia.
A Ph.D. is required in a relevant field, such as
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Speech, Language, and Hearing
Sciences. The ideal candidate will have experience in conducting
neuroimaging studies related to speech or language. A record of
research productivity is highly desirable. Programming skills are also
in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory is focused on investigating the
neural basis of language function, understanding how language breaks
down in patients with different kinds of aphasia, and identifying
patterns of neuroplasticity that can support recovery over time. Our
approach combines multimodal neuroimaging with quantitative assessments
of language function. Our work is supported by the National
Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
University provides an excellent environment for our research
The Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging
Science (director: John Gore, Ph.D.) is a state-of-the-art
facility with two 3T scanners and one 7T scanner, and there are
numerous investigators at Vanderbilt carrying out innovative cognitive
neuroscience research. The Department of Hearing and Speech
Sciences offers top-ranked graduate education in
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and provides clinical care to
thousands of individuals with communication disorders. We work closely
with colleagues at the Vanderbilt Stroke Center (director:
Howard Kirshner, M.D.), which sees over a thousand patients each year,
and the Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (director:
Michael de Riesthal, CCC-SLP, Ph.D.). The successful candidate will
have opportunities to collaborate with an outstanding group of
scientists and clinicians, and to build an independent research
often rated one of the best places to live and work in the
USA, thanks to its vibrant economy, reasonable cost of living,
educational opportunities, friendliness, diversity, and renowned live
Salary will be commensurate with experience, and will be consistent
with NIH NRSA stipends. The start date is flexible, and the
position is open until filled.
apply, please send a letter of interest, a CV, up to three
representative publications, and contact information for two
references, to Stephen M. Wilson <[email protected]>.
Cognitive Science PhD Program at Tufts seeks outstanding candidates
from various backgrounds who are interested in interdisciplinary
opportunities for research and scholarly achievement that spans the
fields of Psychology, Computer Science, Philosophy and Child Study and
Human Development. In recent years, Tufts has built a world-renowned
faculty in Cognitive Science. Areas of research expertise include
language (including psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience of
language), human memory (including cognitive neuroscience of memory),
cognitive modeling, human computer interaction, and music cognition.
members who may be accepting new PhD students in the fall of 2017
Kuperberg (Cognitive Neuroscience of Language); Elizabeth Race,
(Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory), Robert Jacob (Brain Computer
Interfaces), Richard Chechile (Memory, Human Factors, Decision Making);
Heather Urry (Emotion Regulation); Aniruddh Patel (Music Cognition);
Nathan Ward (Applied Cognition); David Henry Feldman (Macro theory,
knowledge domain studies); Paul Muenterer (Cognitive Development); JP
de Ruiter (Artificial Intelligence, Social Robotics, Cognition).
students should apply to a 'home' department (Psychology, Computer
Science or Child Development) in addition to specifying their interest
in the joint Cognitive Sscience Ph.D. program. More details regarding
the application procedure can be found at http://cogsci.tufts.edu/admissions/
University of Pittsburg
A Computational speech and language postdoctoral
position is available in the University of Pittsburgh Department of
Neurosurgery's Brain Modulation Laboratory. The Postdoctoral Fellow
will work closely with a mentorship team led by Julie Fiez, Professor
of Psychology and Neuroscience, in collaboration with co-mentors Mark
Richardson, Professor of Neurological Surgery, and Diane Litman,
Professor of Computer Science. This position provides guaranteed
funding for at least 3 years, through a recently awarded BRAIN
Initiative grant (Research Opportunities Using Invasive Neural
Recording and Stimulating Technologies in the Human Brain, U01), for
which Dr. Richardson is the PI. The U01 project will use invasive deep
brain electrical recording and stimulation in patients with Parkinson's
disease to study subcortical contributions to speech production.
We have two additional positions open, both of
which involve primary mentorship by Mark Richardson: 1) another
position specific to the U01 project, but focused on the
neurophysiology of speech and language, and 2) a position that will
bridge the U01 project to ongoing studies using MEG, and potentially to
future studies related to auditory processing in the basal
An abstract of the U01 grant can be found here. The job posting can be viewed
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.
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.
the six years that we have been running our Masters program, graduates
have gone on to PhD programs in places such as New York University, the
Donders Center at Radboud University, UC San Diego, the Max Planck
Institute for Psycholinguistics, Michigan State University, the
University of Bielefeld, and our own PhD program at BCBL.
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.
must be submitted ONLINE along with the confirmation of participation.
Application sent by mail to [email protected] by APRIL 15. Rolling admissions until JUNE 30 the
latest. If spots are filled before no more admissions will be accepted.
- Notification of the Master's admissions board's decision:
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."
The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for
Language Sciences is recruiting to fill 3 PhD fellowship positions.
call for applications is now open. The deadline for applications is
Wednesday, 4 January 2017. Start date for the successful candidates
will be 1 September 2017.
LEARNING AND PLASTICITY MEETING, APRIL 2-5, 2017, ÄKÄSLOMPOLO, FINLAND
The Learning and Plasticity (LaP) annual meeting that
will be organized for the third time in April 2017 amongst the fells of
the Finnish Lapland! This cross-disciplinary meeting connects
psychological and neuroscience research on the mechanisms of learning
and brain plasticity.
year our keynote speaker will be Dr. Manuel Carreiras, the Scientific
Director and Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Basque Center on
Cognition, Brain and Language. The special theme of the 2017 meeting
will be adult language learning/bilingualism that is reflected in the
congress keynote and some symposia. However, as before, most of the
congress program will consist of free papers that reflect the whole
spectrum of learning and plasticity research. In conjunction to the meeting,
there will also be a workshop on the use of the transcranial direct
current stimulation method in research, led by one of the international
experts in this field, Dr. Marcus Meinzer who is an Associate Professor
at the University of Queensland.
of its northern location, the congress site can be reached e.g. by
daily flight connections from Helsinki to the nearby airport at
Kittilä. The congress program runs from afternoon to evening, enabling
one to utilize the excellent possibilities for various winter sports
and other outdoor activities during the long days in early April. Due
to auditorium space and to keep the meeting highly interactive, the
number of participants is limited to 100. Please note that you should
do your travel arrangements in good time as the flights and the night
trains tend to become fully booked due to the number of tourists coming
to enjoy the unique Lappish Spring.
forward to see you in Lapland in April, Matti Laine, PhD Head of the
Organizing Committee Professor, Department of Psychology, Åbo Akademi
University, Turku, Finland
-Preliminary symposium proposals by December 1st, 2016
-Abstract submission by the end of Wednesday (Eastern European Time)
February 1st, 2017.
-Congress registration for an early-bird fee by the end
of Wednesday (Eastern European
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