October 2014





First_StoryAnnouncing SNL 2015 in Chicago!


We are happy to announce 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 held at the legendary Drake Hotel, which has remained a symbol of elegance and superb hospitality since 1920.


This iconic Chicago hotel, which is located in the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood, is just walking distance to Lake Michigan and Oak Street Beach. SNL has negotiated great rates for attendees at $269/night, and the rooms offer beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Reservations will open the first of the year.

The "Windy City" of Chicago was just ranked among the top 25 cities in the world, and the fifth best city in the United States by Condé Nast Travelers, Readers Choice Awards, 2014.


In a city where cuisine is king, the options are endless. World-class restaurants and eateries, including the famous Cape Cod restaurant where Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe carved their initials into the bar at The Drake Hotel, offer a staggering array of food options - from savory ethnic specialties to traditional favorites. This exciting town is known for its delectable hot dogs and deep dish pizza, but there is much more to see and do. Not far from the hotel is the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium where attendees can mingle with dolphins and whales, among many other sights and places to see.





Important Dates 


SNL 2015

 October 15 - 17, 2015

Chicago, Illinois



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Faculty Positions


Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Cognitive Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience, Temple University

The Psychology Department at Temple University is seeking to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Cognitive Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience to join the Brain and Cognitive Science (BCS) area of the Department. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Cognitive Neuroscience. Although the specific area of research is open, the focus should be on human cognition rather than non-human animals, and preference will be given to applicants who complement the existing strengths of the area faculty. Preference will be given to candidates whose research reflects the interdisciplinary nature of psychological science, and has linkages to the other areas of the Department (Clinical, Developmental and Social) or to areas outside the Department (e.g. Decision Sciences in the Business School, Educational Psychology or Speech and Communications Disorders), and uses techniques valued by the department (e.g. fMRI, eye-tracking, or computational modeling). Candidates should have a dynamic and rigorous research program with strong potential for external funding, as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Electronic applications are preferred.  Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, a statement of undergraduate and graduate teaching interests, three letters of recommendation (which can be directly emailed), and copies of representative publications to [email protected].  If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies can be sent to Department of Psychology, Weiss Hall, 1701 N. 13th Street, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA  19122-6085.  Temple University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates are urged to apply before November 1, 2014.  Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.


Multiple New Faculty Positions at the Assistant Professor Tenure-Track Level as well as Multiple Permanent Digital Instructors for Undergraduate Teaching are Available at Florida International University (FIU)


The Department of Psychology at Florida International University (FIU) is searching for multiple new faculty positions at the assistant professor tenure-track level (senior candidates with active federal grant funding are also encouraged to apply) as well as multiple permanent digital instructors for undergraduate teaching. The tenure track positions will be in the Department's new Cognitive Neuroscience program and/or the new Child and Adolescent Clinical Science Program. Candidates for tenure track positions must have a demonstrated evidence of or potential for extramural funding and a solid track record of scholarship in refereed journals.


Candidates for the Cognitive Neuroscience area should have proficiency in one or more cutting-edge research areas and methodologies that may include but are not limited to neuroimaging, computational modeling, neuropsychology, genetics, and electrophysiology. Those working with human and non-human subjects (i.e., Cognitive and/or Behavioral Neuroscience) will be considered. The Cognitive Neuroscience area within the Department of Psychology is part of a broader campus-wide initiative to develop further Cognitive Neuroscience, including a Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Center (CNIC) and a STEM Institute.


Candidates for Child and Adolescent Clinical Science should have research interests in one of a number of areas, including but not limited to assessment, longitudinal outcomes, prevention/intervention with childhood or adolescent internalizing, externalizing, learning, or autism spectrum disorders, or adolescent substance use. The Clinical Science program is closely affiliated with the Center for Children and Families (CCF), an interdisciplinary Center that focuses on research, education, and service, with strong connections to the community, as well as an active mental health clinic for children and adolescents, serving altogether more than 3000 families annually.

Ideally, the research interests of candidates for both positions should complement the existing faculty in Developmental Science, Legal Psychology, I/O Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Clinical Science doctoral programs, as well as the CNIC, CCF, and STEM Institutes. Collaborative research is emphasized. Faculty in these programs employ a variety of technologies and populations to study typical development and developmental psychopathology, lie detection in adults and children, prevention and intervention for mental health and/or academic problems, executive function, language, substance abuse, ADHD, autism, depression and anxiety, learning, memory, and multisensory processing.


The non-tenure track instructor positions are for 9-month full-time teaching appointments that will have a primary emphasis on online undergraduate instruction in one or more of the following areas: Introductory Psychology and Psychological Research Methods/Data Analysis, with possible upper-level courses in clinical, developmental, cognitive neuroscience, and social Psychology, based upon the candidate's area of teaching specialization. Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated history in active and collaborative learning and online or hybrid instruction and course development and to individuals with experience or interest in teaching across multiple areas of need.

The department has 32 tenure track faculty, 8 instructors, and 5 research faculty, more than 150 graduate students spread across five doctoral specialty programs and a masters program, 9 full time undergraduate advisors, and 4700 undergraduate majors. The department is young and vibrant, with 27 new hires in the past 4 years, the vast majority being assistant professors, but with well-established and well-funded senior faculty in each area. Currently, department faculty hold over $40 million in grants from federal agencies (e.g., NIMH, NICHD, NIDA, NIAAA, IES, NSF, DoJ).


Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply at facultycareers.fiu.edu as follows; for the tenure track Cognitive Neuroscience Program apply to Job Opening ID 508625 and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research statement as a single file; for the tenure track Child and Adolescent Clinical Science Program apply to Job Opening ID 508624 and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research statement as a single file; for the Instructor in undergraduate teaching apply to Job Opening ID 508626 and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching statement as a single file. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least 3 references who will be contacted electronically and automatically upon submission of the application. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by November 1, 2014. Applications will continue to be accepted and review will continue until positions are filled.


FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rev. 09/2014


Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology


The Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cognitive Psychology, beginning July 1, 2015. We seek applicants whose research examines language learning, at any time scale, and/or bilingualism. The ideal candidate will contribute to our emerging emphasis in experience- dependent change. Applicants should demonstrate a record of research excellence using methodological approaches involving human behavior, neuroimaging, and/or computational modeling.


Applicants should be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. The Ph.D. degree is required at time of hire. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Review of completed applications begins October 10, 2014 and continues until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing research and teaching interests, their curriculum vitae, reprints and preprints, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation provided, all using the following link: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00159. Questions about the position should be directed to Professor Christine Chiarello, Chair, Cognitive Area Search Committee, at [email protected].


The Riverside campus of the University of California is growing rapidly and has an excellent psychology department with a strong record of success in research, teaching and extramural funding. For information on the Department of Psychology, see our web site at: www.psych.ucr.edu. 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.



Applicants who use Interfolio may utilize a feature provided by the Interfolio Service to allow Interfolio to upload their letters directly into AP Recruit without bothering the letter writer. Applicants can input an Interfolio-generated email address in place of their letter writer's email address. Interfolio refers to this as online application deliveries. The following link on the Interfolio website shows how to set this up:



Faculty Opening - University of Arizona

The University of Arizona Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure-track faculty position (Assistant/Associate/Full). UA SLHS, situated within the College of Science, is a nationally top-ranked department with a dynamic, well-funded, and productive faculty. The environment is collaborative and supports interdisciplinary research, diversity, peer mentoring, and a family-friendly approach to work-life balance. Candidates for this position must have a doctoral degree and primary interests in speech or language science and disorders. Responsibilities include conducting a research program consistent with the candidate's area of expertise, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentoring students. To apply, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and any other relevant materials to Jeannette D. Hoit, PhD, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, P.O. Box 210071, University of Arizona, AZ 85721, or to [email protected].  An on-line application should also be completed at www.hr.arizona.edu (Department: 3502-Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences position number 56665) or use direct link: https://www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1413944634430.


Two tenure/tenure-track positions for Fall 2014 that we are currently conducting in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University.


Brain-based disorders and neuroplasticity, Associate Professor (Dr. Tracy Love, Search Chair)

Tenure-track position in brain-based disorders of speech, language, or cognitive processing, with adult and/or child populations, and with neuroplasticity as one focus.  Required: Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Linguistics, Psychology, Neurosciences or a related field, excellence in teaching, strong research abilities, and commitment to students from diverse backgrounds. Responsibilities: Undergraduate and graduate (MA/Ph.D.) teaching, supervising theses/dissertations and pursuing a research program in specialty area.


Language Clinical Scientist, Bilingual emphasis,  Assistant Professor (Dr. Sonja Pruitt, Search Chair)

Tenure-track position in Bilingualism and Language Science.Required: Ph.D. in Language Science and Disorders or related field, excellence in teaching, strong research abilities, and commitment to students from diverse backgrounds. Preferred: CCC-SLP and eligibility for California licensure.  Responsibilities: Undergraduate and graduate (MA/Ph.D.) teaching, supervising theses/dissertations and pursuing a research program.


Details for both positions can be found on our website (http://slhs.sdsu.edu/open-positions/)


Postdoc Positions


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Noninvasive Brain Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation and Aphasia Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation (LCNS), University of Pennsylvania


A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation (LCNS) under the direction of Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, a behavioral neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). The central thrust of work in the LCNS is to use electrical and magnetic noninvasive brain stimulation to explore the characteristics and limits of functional plasticity in the intact and injured adult human brain. The principle NIH-grant funded project related to the postdoctoral position involves behavioral, neuropsychological, and neurostimulation (rTMS) approaches in patients with aphasia. Additional available projects in the LCNS involve other forms of neurostimulation, including tDCS and HD-tDCS, as well as neuroimaging (fMRI, fNIRS) approaches. The ideal candidate must have experience in one or more of the following areas: behavioral studies in brain-injured patient populations, studies involving measures of human neurophysiology (EEG, ERP), functional or anatomical imaging techniques, advanced statistics, or noninvasive brain stimulation techniques. A track record of prior academic authorship is strongly encouraged. Moreover, an ideal candidate must be able to work independently and proactively propose and test new ideas that are relevant to his or her projects. Good oral and written communication skills are expected. The fellow will train with Dr. Hamilton as a primary mentor, but will also be expected to interact and collaborate with a network of outstanding peers and secondary mentors in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) and the Department of Neurology at Penn.


Eligible candidates must hold a PhD or comparable degree. While applicants with a wide range of training backgrounds will be considered, a doctoral degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or neurorehabilitation will be considered a strong asset to the position. The position is a full-time appointment initially for 12 months, with the possibility of renewing for additional years, contingent upon funding. Pay will follow the NIH payscale. The anticipated start date would be 1/1/15, but there is room for negotiation. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.


For inquiries please contact Roy Hamilton, MD, MS at [email protected], (215) 779-1603.


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.

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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.


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


Ph.D. Program in Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park


The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP) at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park is accepting applicants to its Ph.D. program. This program emphasizes research and scholarly achievement, and is designed to foster intellectual independence in the disciplines of normal and/or disordered processes of speech, language, or hearing. Students engage in an integrated set of research activities and scholarship to prepare them for successful careers in academic and research settings. The program entails four to five years of full-time study, which includes graduate-level coursework, research and professional development seminars, a candidacy project, and a dissertation. Regular interactions with faculty mentor(s) enable students to define their own areas of interest, promoting a dynamic, energetic, and collaborative research environment. This year, we will admit approximately 2-3 Ph.D. students. These trainees will join a vibrant community of students who are among the most successful in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to obtain external funding. Our Ph.D. students routinely present their work at major national and international conferences, publish in high-impact journals, and secure prestigious positions upon graduation.


OPPORTUNITIES. Ours is a fundamentally translational field, and HESP graduate students can leverage society's emerging interest in translational science through our active clinic and top-rated clinical training programs, which together provide openings for conducting basic-plus-applied research. The Ph.D. in HESP is not a clinical degree, but students are invited to integrate the department's clinical resources into their program to inform their research. Overall, trainees will have access to internationally recognized scientists and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art resources including: eye-tracking systems for psycholinguistic reading and spoken language studies in young children and adults; sound-proof testing rooms for speech- and auditory-perception experiments in young and older populations; preferential-looking setups for language development research in infants; electrophysiological recording systems for hearing measures; various neuroimaging facilities (e.g., fMRI, MEG, EEG) at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (www.mnc.umd.edu/); the Aphasia Research Center (http://aphasia.umd.edu/); and other behavioral testing suites outfitted for studying normal and disordered groups (acquired and developmental). Current research combines cognitive, linguistic, computational, and/or neurobiological approaches to study language development, processing, and disorders throughout the lifespan. Our program prepares students to unify these methods through an interdisciplinary approach and convergent investigation of the mechanisms supporting speech, language, and hearing/auditory development, processing, and plasticity. For a list of HESP labs and faculty interests, visit http://hesp.umd.edu/content/labs-collaborations-and-initiatives. For a program overview, see http://hesp.umd.edu/content/program-highlights-doctoral-program-hearing-and-speech-sciences.


CAMPUS COMMUNITY. Trainees will benefit from well-established connections to related communities on Maryland's campus, including the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (http://www.nacs.umd.edu/), the Maryland Language Science Center (http://languagescience.umd.edu/), the Center for the Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (http://www.ccebh.umd.edu/), and the Center for Advanced Study of Language (http://www.casl.umd.edu). Existing interdisciplinary collaborations include cooperative co-mentorship arrangements with faculty within the department and across different departments such as Psychology and Linguistics. UMD is home to the largest and most integrated community of language scientists in North America.


BROADER COMMUNITY. The College Park campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area in close proximity to numerous world-renowned medical institutions and research facilities including the NIH, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, Children's National Medical Center, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where cross-institutional collaborations routinely occur, permitting students to explore specialized research interests.

APPLICATION PATHS. Successful applicants will have well-defined research interests and prior research experience, and are accepted into the program as a whole, not into particular subfields. Trainees enter our doctoral program in several ways. Some apply directly following their Bachelor's degree or a clinical degree in the field (e.g., M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology; Au.D. in Clinical Audiology) or pursue a joint degree program, in which they complete both the clinical degree and the research Ph.D. at Maryland (e.g., Au.D./Ph.D. and M.A./Ph.D.). Others apply to the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS), and select HESP as their home department. The application deadline for Fall 2015 admission to the Ph.D. Program in HESP is January 15, 2015 (http://hesp.umd.edu/content/how-apply). The application deadline for Fall 2015 admission to the Ph.D. Program in NACS is December 1, 2014 (http://www.nacs.umd.edu/program/apply.html).



Research Coordinator 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 neurologic populations. An interest in neuroplasticity as affected by practice and/or as modulated by pharmacologic agents or electrical stimulation is desirable. Early career investigators with postdoctoral research training, as well as mid-career scientists, are welcome to apply.

This full-time research 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.



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