October 2016





Announcing SNL 2017

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 November 8-10, 2017  

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Language & Cognitive Dynamics Lab

Post-doctoral research position in the Language & Cognitive Dynamics Lab

The Language & Cognitive Dynamics Lab is hiring a post-doctoral research fellow to start in 2017. Research in the lab focuses on spoken language processing and semantic memory in typical and atypical speakers. Current research projects investigate: (1) The processing and representation of semantic knowledge, particularly knowledge of object features and categories, and the events or situations in which they participate. (2) The organization of the spoken language system by mapping the relationships between stroke lesion location and behavioral deficits.

Research methods include:

  • behavioral and eye-tracking experiments
  • lesion-symptom mapping
  • computational modeling
  • non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS)


  • Doctorate degree in Psychology, Cognitive & Brain Science, CSD/SHLS, or related discipline. Must be completed before starting post-doctoral fellowship.
  • Experience with one or more of the research methods and/or content domains.
  • Programming experience in R, Matlab, python, or similar language will be preferred.

The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to contribute to ongoing projects and to develop an independent line of research. Mentorship, training, and professional development opportunities will be provided to facilitate the fellow's future career in academic, research, or industry settings.

About the LCDL

LCDL has recently relocated to the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. UAB is a comprehensive, urban research university, ranked among the top 25 in funding from the NIH. Postdoctoral training at UAB is enhanced by the Office of Postdoctoral Education. The medical school is routinely ranked among the top in the US, and interdisciplinary programs are a particular strength, including the Psychology Department's undergraduate and graduate neuroscience programs. Birmingham is a growing, diverse, and progressive city located in the foothills of the Appalachians. It was recently rated #1 Next Hot Food City by Zagat, it is home to several world-class museums and performing arts venues, and the region offers excellent sites for hiking, camping, boating, swimming, and fishing.

To apply, submit the following

  • A letter of interest that describes your training, research experience and interests, and career goals
  • CV
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. For full consideration please apply by November 1, 2016. Only complete applications will be considered. Questions and applications can be addressed to Dan Mirman (dan@danmirman.org).

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)

ERC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Statistical Learning and Reading

We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoc for a 2-year position (renewable for another 2 years) in the Neuroscience Area at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy.

The postdoc position is created as part of the ERC Starting Grant "STATLEARN - The reading brain as a statistical learning machine". The project is highly interdisciplinary, and involves behavioural, ERP, fMRI/MEG and computational work. The post holder will be involved in one or more of these areas according to her/his skills and interests. Candidates with experience in any of the methods above are encouraged to apply; however, this position is particularly aimed at individuals with experience/skills in neuroimaging (other positions will be opened soon, more tight to the other profiles).

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in the field of Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience, and a solid publication record. Experience in the domain of reading and/or statistical learning would be great for this position; however, this is not absolutely necessary, so people with a background in other fields are also welcome to apply. Good programming skills are required, as well as a good attitude at teamwork.

The preferred starting date for this position would be December 1st 2016, but negotiations are possible for later starting dates.

This post is in the context of the Cognitive Neuroscience group at SISSA, a diverse, vibrating research group that covers perception, language, motion and abstract cognition; and is incredibly wide as far as the research approaches adopted -- we do human and animal research; investigate healthy adults, elderly, kids, brain-damaged individuals, and blind people; and carry out computational as well as experimental research using eye tracking, electrophysiology, imaging, and TMS. A comprehensive description of Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA can be found at http://phdcns.sissa.it.

The formal application process is described in the official call at https://www.sissa.it/grants-collaborations-research-activities. Interested candidates, however, are encouraged to contact the PI at davide.crepaldi@sissa.it.

Location: Trieste, Italy

Salary: 33720E/year, gross

Hours: full time

Contract duration: 2+2 years

Application dealine: 18/10/2016, 1pm Italy time


PhD position in the Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction'

Application deadline: 23 October 2016

The Dutch research consortium 'Language in Interaction' invites applications for a 4-year PhD position on the topic of language function in stroke and small vessel disease.


You will employ diverse brain imaging analytical tools to examine relationships between cortical, subcortical, and white-matter lesions and language function in large cohorts of patients (~ 100-500 patients). Behavioural data consist mainly of language-production tasks, such as verbal fluency. Neural data comprise structural and functional neuroimaging (including diffusion tensor imaging and resting state). You will work on pre-defined projects, but will also have the opportunity to address your own research questions. Relevant investigations include assessing in detail how the integrity of subcortical structures and of white-matter pathways affect 1) language function (language production) and 2) functional connectivity between and within domain-general and language-specific brain areas. You are expected to present your research at scientific meetings, write scientific articles, and complete a PhD dissertation within four years. You will carry out research as a member of the PI group of the Donders Centre for Cognition and Radboud University Medical Centre under Dr Vitória Piai's supervision.


Work environment

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. This consortium achieves both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world. The current position will be embedded in the Donders Centre for Cognition, Radboud University and the Radboud University Medical Center. The centres conduct research in an international setting. English is the lingua franca. You will follow a graduate training programme at the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience.


What we expect from you

We are looking for a highly motivated, creative and talented PhD candidate to 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.

The selection criteria include:

*         a Master's degree in a relevant field, such as (cognitive/computational) neuroscience, biomedical engineering, (neuro)psychology, medicine;

*         a keen interest in patient research, language, and neuroimaging;

*         demonstrable relevant research experience, including analysis of structural/functional neuroimaging data (e.g. voxel-based morphometry, resting-state functional connectivity, diffusion tensor imaging);

*         excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.

Applications from excellent candidates with a less than ideal profile will be equally considered. For more information on this vacancy and how to apply: https://www.languageininteraction.nl/PhD_position_Piai.html


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 http://mrri.org/T32.html.

Applications should be submitted to Kevin Whelihan, Research Administrator, ( whelihak@einstein.edu ) 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


Louisiana State University

Assistant Professor position

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, invites applications for one tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin Fall 2017 in the area of Child Language.


Successful applicants will be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses, maintain an active research agenda with regular publications, present research at conferences and professional meetings, seek extramural funding for research activities, mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research, and participate in departmental, college, and university service activities commensurate with rank.


LSU is a research intensive university rated RU/VH by the Carnegie Foundation, with outstanding research facilities and funding support. Louisiana Board of Regents offers a substantial grant program that supports research of new faculty; such funding opportunities contribute to LSU's position among the top 30 public universities in total research awards. Our department also has close ties with related units/centers in and around the campus, facilitating interdisciplinary research collaborations. These centers include the LSU Life Course and Aging Center, the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Not only does the university provide excellent research opportunities, but Baton Rouge, the capital of the state of Louisiana, provides many cultural opportunities with a revival in its downtown area, famous restaurants, and rich music scene.  Baton Rouge also boasts a below average cost of living and welcomes individuals from diverse and international backgrounds.


Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in of Communication Sciences and Disorder or related field. Candidates with Ph.D. in hand are preferred, but we will consider those who are close to completion and will finish by the time of the appointment. 


Preferred Qualifications: ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency.


Review of applications will begin December 2, 2016, and will continue until a candidate is selected.



Informal inquiries may be directed to: ndonovan@lsu.edu


Louisiana State University is committed to diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access Employer. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.



McGill University 

Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (www.mcgill.ca/scsd), a research-focused unit within McGill University's renowned Faculty of Medicine, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

This is an excellent career opportunity to join a thriving department in one of the world's leading public research universities, in one of the world's most livable cities. Located in Montréal, Québec (Canada), the School offers graduate-level professional training in Speech-Language Pathology through its M.Sc. Applied degree, and advanced research training through its M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Members of the School were also instrumental in establishing an interdisciplinary research centre, the McGill Centre for Research on Brain, Language, and Music (www.crblm.ca), which promotes local, national, and international research opportunities for participating faculty and students.

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders (or related field) and have completed relevant postdoctoral training. Candidates must provide evidence of scholarly excellence with the potential to obtain external research funding and a strong commitment to high quality teaching. Preference will be given to qualified applicants with clinical training in Speech-Language Pathology pursuing a research program in the area of acquired neurogenic communication disorders, especially those with an innovative focus on adults with aphasia

Responsibilities include teaching of M.Sc. (Applied) students in Speech-Language Pathology, research supervision of M.Sc./Ph.D. students in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and administrative service. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This is an exciting time to join our group; the School acquired new teaching/research facilities in 2014 and is now embarked upon an ambitious strategic plan and expanding our outreach activities. The chosen candidate will be an active contributor to these initiatives, while having rich opportunities to develop their research alongside top scientists at McGill and throughout Montréal, with its deep tradition for research on language and neuroscience.


Please submit your application within 30 days of the publication of this advertisement at the following website: http://www.mcgill.ca/medicine-academic/positionsavailable. The search committee will begin to review applications in mid November.


Interested individuals should send (1) a cover letter, dated curriculum vitae (as one pdf document), (2) a statement of research and teaching interests, copies of three representative publications (as one pdf document), and (3) the names and contact information of three referees.



McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


University of Arizona

Postdoctoral Research Position


The new Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory (http://vickylai.lab.arizona.edu/) at the University of Arizona is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral research position in the area of psychology/neuroscience of language. The position starts in January 2017 (negotiable), for a period of 2 years. 


The successful candidate is expected to work on topics including (but not exclusive of) figurative language, combinatorial semantics, emotion and language, and language and thought. The primary methodologies we use are EEG and fMRI. An ideal profile is someone who is proficient in fMRI and is interested in learning or collaborating on EEG/ERP projects. Other techniques such as TMS (MR compatible), EEG-fMRI co-registration, and machine learning are available through collaborations with faculty in Psychology, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and School of Information. In addition to engaging in innovative research, the successful candidate will write and publish journal articles, assist in the mentoring of graduate students and the management of ongoing studies, and support the writing of grant proposals for external funding opportunities. 


The University of Arizona has been recognized on Forbes 2015 list of America's Best Employers in the United States and has been awarded the 2015 Work-Life Seal of Distinction by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress. UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please visit http://whyua.arizona.edu/.

To apply: Contact Dr. Lai (tzuyinlai@email.arizona.edu) and send a cover letter, CV, and a research statement that describes your past and current research (~1 page), a couple of project ideas for the coming two years (~1 page), and longer term research goals (~0.5 page).

University of Arizona 

Recruiting PhD students

The new Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory (http://vickylai.lab.arizona.edu/) at the University of Arizona is recruiting graduate students in the area of psychology/neuroscience of language. Students in this lab are expected to work on topics including (but not exclusive of) figurative language, combinatorial semantics, emotion and language, and language and thought. The primary methodologies in our lab are EEG and fMRI. Other techniques are available through collaboration. The graduate student(s) will have 5 years of guaranteed funding, through teaching or research assistantship, housed in the Department of Psychology. Applicants should contact Dr. Lai (tzuyinlai@email.arizona.edu) directly with a brief description of your research interest (~1 page) and your CV, as well as follow the application instructions on the departmental webpage (http://psychology.arizona.edu/academics/apply-graduate-program). The application deadline is December 1, 2016, for starting in Fall 2017.

The University of Arizona has been recognized on Forbes 2015 list of America's Best Employers in the United States and has been awarded the 2015 Work-Life Seal of Distinction by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress. UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please visit http://whyua.arizona.edu/.

Tucson has been rated "the most affordable large city in the U.S." and was the first city in the US to be designated as a World City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). With easy access to both a vibrant arts and culture scene and outdoor activities ranging from hiking to rock climbing to bird watching, Tucson offers a bit of something for everyone.

Aarhus University

Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (Aarhus University, Denmark) is looking to fill two postdoc positions in MEG and Neuroscience of Language:

A 3-year postdoctoral project focused on using MEG to investigate language deficits in Parkinson's disease patients with and without deep brain stimulation (DBS). Further details and application procedures can be found at http://www.au.dk/en/about/vacant-positions/scientific-positions/stillinger/Vacancy/show/854310/5283 


Deadline for applications:  15 October 2016.


A postdoc position to support MEG/EEG research at CFIN with a focus on neuroscience of language. Further details and application procedures:  http://www.au.dk/en/about/vacant-positions/scientific positions/stillinger/Vacancy/show/859851/5283/ 


Deadline for applications:  31 October 2016.


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 (mgrossma@mail.med.upenn.edu).


University of South Carolina 

Post-doctoral Position

The AphasiaLab at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a post-doctoral position that is funded by grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders and the American Heart Association. This position will be supervised by Julius Fridriksson (University of South Carolina) and Leonardo Bonilha (Medical University of South Carolina). The primary research foci of the AphasiaLab are as follows: 1) brain plasticity associated with aphasia recovery; 2) spatial-temporal aspects of normal and disordered speech processing; 3) clinical aphasiology. This research relies on a range of methodologies such as Electro Corticography (ECoG), EEG, fMRI, connectome-behavior mapping, VLSM, and electrical brain stimulation. Individuals with a background in clinical research related to speech and language processing, especially in the area of aphasia, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The responsibilities of a successful applicant will include: Working on ongoing studies in the area of aphasiology, writing manuscripts, supervising undergraduate and graduate students, and proposing and conducting new studies. In-depth guidance will be provided in the scientific areas covered by the ApahsiaLab as well as grant writing.

Much of the research in the AphasiaLab is conducted in collaboration with several other investigators such as Chris Rorden (University of South Carolina; www.mricro.com), Gregory Hickok (University of California, Irvine), and Argye Hillis (Johns Hopkins University).

The AphasiaLab is located at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) and the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC). Columbia is centrally located in South Carolina, within a two-hour drive to the beach and the mountains. Charleston is a coastal city in South Carolina and home to many major cultural events (e.g. the Spoleto Festival;
www.spoleto.org). The weather in South Carolina is marked by "Southern" summers, and a mild autumn, winter, and spring. The salary for this position is very competitive but will be commensurate with experience and previous scholarship. If interested, please contact Julius Fridriksson at fridriks@mailbox.sc.edu or Leonardo Bonilha at bonilha@musc.edu






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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