November 2016





Announcing SNL 2017

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November 8-10, 2017


SNL 2017

 November 8-10, 2017  

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 Job Postings & Announcements


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University of Pennsylvania
Funded Postdoctoral Position in Speech Comprehension

The 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.


The 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 cultural resources.


Primary 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]).




The 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.


Qualifications 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.


The 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 More information about the program is available at


Apply via Interfolio at 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 December 2016.


SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer.



La 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. 


INPhINIT 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 employment contract.


BCBL - 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 disorders
  • Clinical applications of multilingualism
  • Tracing the algorithm of bilingual language learning
  • High-resolution atlas of the human thalamus for neuroimaging studies: application to dyslexia
  • Reading development and its disorders
  • Optimization in second language pronunciation
  • A multimodal neuroimaging investigation of cognitive impairment and behavioural abnormalities in Parkinson's disease: pathophysiology and diagnostic approach
  • Development of novel methods for studying the dynamics of functional brain connectivity with concurrent electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • 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 following:

  • 3-years contract 
  • Incorporation date: September /October 2017. January 2018 under extraordinary circumstances. 
  • 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 per year.
  • 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 programme: 
    • Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship workshops by Oxford University Innovation. 
    • Professional and Career Development sessions by Vitae. 
  • High-quality academic and industrial secondments. 
  • Participation in outreach and social events of la Caixa Foundation

 Eligibility requirements:

  • 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 degree. 
  • 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 or higher). 

 For further information, please visit the following links:



Postdoctoral Position

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).


The 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.


Deadline: November 15th, 2016.


To submit your application please follow this link:, applying for MEG Postdoc 2016 and upload:


1. A curriculum vitae.
2. A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000 characters max).
3. Two reference letters submitted directly by the referees through the outline system.


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]).

UCSF in California

Postdoctoral Position   

The Hoeft Lab ( 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. 


The 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 (, Ho et al. Trends in Neurosci 2016 (, and Scientific American ( There are many opportunities to be involved in other projects on the neuroscience of language and literacy. 


The 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 reference forwarded.


Roeland Hancock, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Psychiatry

UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
University of California, San Francisco
401 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143


UCSF in California  

Research Assistant Position  


The Hoeft Lab ( 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).


The position begins in January but start date can be sooner and is negotiable.

Please email [email protected] with a cover letter and your CV.


Please add "[RA job]" and your full name in the Subject of the email. Qualified candidates will be asked to have 2-3 letters of reference forwarded.


Roeland Hancock, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Psychiatry

UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
University of California, San Francisco
401 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143


Pennsylvania State University

Postdoctoral Scholar/Age-related Differences in Language Production

The Language and Aging Lab at the Pennsylvania State University ( 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 (, 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 (

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

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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 veteran status.

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute


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

Applications 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


Vanderbilt University

Postdoctoral Position, Language Neuroscience Lab

A postdoctoral position is available in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory (PI: Stephen M. Wilson, Ph.D.) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 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 desirable.

Research 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).

Vanderbilt University provides an excellent environment for our research program.

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 program.

Nashville is 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 music scene.

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.

To 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]>.


Tufts University

PhD Program

The 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.


Faculty members who may be accepting new PhD students in the fall of 2017 include:


Gina 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).


Interested 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

University of Pittsburg 

NIH-supported Postdoctoral Associate


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 ganglia.     

Research Description: 

An abstract of the U01 grant can be found here. The job posting can be viewed here.


Master's program


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.


In 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.


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 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."

Max Planck 

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is recruiting to fill 3 PhD fellowship positions.


The 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.


You will find all information about the application procedure at (


More information:





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.

This 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.

Despite 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.

Looking 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

Time) March 1st, 2017





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