October 2017 





The Inner Harbor, Baltimore 


Countdown to SNL 2017! 


The SNL Meeting is just twenty days away! This year, we are excited to be offering a cutting-edge scientific program, as well as a spectacular Welcome Reception at the world-renowned National Aquarium.   


The meeting will commence on Wednesday, November 8th with Opening Remarks from SNL President Lorraine Tyler, followed by the first Keynote Lecture delivered by Argye Hillis. Throughout the meeting, additional topical Keynote Lectures will be given by Yoshua Bengio, Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz, and Edward Chang. On Wednesday afternoon, following the afternoon poster session, attendees will be treated to a special lecture by Diana Reiss on marine mammal communication. After the lecture, attendees are invited to stroll to the National Aquarium for the Welcome Reception.


This year's Invited Symposium will feature talks by Leila Wehbe, Odette Scharenborg, Barry Devereux, and John Hale. In addition to the traditional slide and poster sessions, SNL 2017 will include five Poster Slam Sessions, fast-paced and entertaining showcases for posters. And, don't forget to catch up with colleagues at the Social Hour during the Thursday evening poster session! 


To view the entire SNL 2017 program, visit our Scientific Program and Schedule of Events web pages. The Printed Program with Abstracts will be available for download soon.


We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!    



SNL 2017

 November 8-10, 2017  

Baltimore, Maryland   




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Special Viewing of My Love Affair with the Brain



For those who are continuing on to SfN, there will be a special showing on Monday, November 13th of the award-winning film My Love Affair with the Brain, documenting the life and science of Dr. Marian Diamond. Dr. Diamond was widely acknowledged as one of the founders of modern neuroscience and stood out as an outstanding neuroanatomist and role model for women. Directed by the Emmy winning team of Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg, My Love Affair with the Brain is part biography, part scientific adventure story, and part inspirational tale. Click here for more information about My Love Affair with the Brain.


JobPostingJob Postings and Announcements


International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences 

PhD Positions     


The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is once again recruiting three candidates for its coveted IMPRS Fellowships. The Fellowships are intended to encourage interdisciplinary language research that takes advantage of the high concentration of top-rated expertise and facilities available in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Each PhD position is funded for four years with a preferred start date of September 1, 2018. 

The IMPRS is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and its partner institutes at the Radboud University: the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities ranging from genetics labs, advanced brain imaging techniques to a virtual reality lab, and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment.

For more information, please visit http://www.mpi.nl/people/vacancies/imprs-fellowships-2018


The application deadline is January 2, 2018 (midnight CET).
Kindly send queries with "IMPRS 2018 application" in the subject line to [email protected]  



Technische Universität Dresden, Germany 

Postdoctoral and PhD Student Positions       


We are seeking a postdoc and two PhD students to work in the Neural Mechanisms of Human Communication Research Group led by Katharina von Kriegstein at the TU Dresden, Germany.


Postdoc Position

The main research goal of the position is to investigate behavioural and neuroscience principles of perceptual learning and their translation to evidence-based teaching and training programmes. For more information on the position and application instructions see: http://tinyurl.com/y9396qdd


PhD positions

The main research goal of the two positions is to investigate behavioural and neuroscience principles of voice and face perception (identity and speech) in neurotypical populations as well as in populations with developmental person recognition deficits (i.e. phonagnosia and prosopagnosia). For more information on the position and application instructions see: http://tinyurl.com/ybvodeqo


The Human Communication Research Group is currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig (MPI-CBS; www.cbs.mpg.de/independent-research-groups/human-communication) and will be newly established at the TU Dresden. The TU Dresden offers an excellent, interdisciplinary scientific environment. Research will be carried out at the Department of Psychology of the TU Dresden, which houses a Neuroimaging Centre (http://www.nic-tud.de). The centre is equipped with a research-only 3-Tesla MRI machine, MRI-compatible eye tracking, EEG systems, and a neurostimulation unit including neuronavigaton, TMS and tDCS devices. All experimental facilities are supported by experienced physics and IT staff. For analyses with high computational demands, there is access to the TU Dresden high-performance computing clusters. There are also strong existing collaborations with the MPI-CBS in Leipzig involving 7 Tesla-MRI, Connectome scanner, and MEG data acquisitions.



Baylor College of Medicine

Postdoctoral Position


Neuroimaging of Acute to Chronic Stroke


The Schnur laboratory at the Baylor College of Medicine invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship as part of the NIH project "Language and Neural Recovery from Stroke". Our laboratory enrolls participants in the acute phase of stroke for behavioral testing and neuroimaging from the three Houston Texas Medical Center's comprehensive stroke centers. The goal of the project is to understand the neural and cognitive systems which contribute to recovery of language in the year following stroke. We enjoy collaborations with research groups in Houston, as well as nationally and internationally. Our laboratory is within a 10-minute walk of patient recruitment sites and 1-minute from our Center for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CAMRI; https://www.bcm.edu/research/centers/advanced-mr-imaging). At CAMRI, we collect quantitative and functional neuroimaging from patients and neurotypical controls on the 3T Siemens Prisma scanner.


Required: The successful candidate should have a PhD in a field related to cognitive neuroscience. Strong expertise in human fMRI and/or quantitative neuroimaging data analysis as evidenced by the Ph.D. thesis and/or publications is required. Desirable additional qualifications include experience in psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, and/or cognitive neuropsychology.


Informal enquiries can be made to Tatiana Schnur ([email protected]). Please apply directly to vacancy #290007DP at www.bcm.edu/careers. In addition, please email the below materials to [email protected] with the subject line: BCM postdoctoral fellowship.

  • a one page cover letter (include specific examples of qualifications for the position, why the position is of interest, and your career goals)
  • CV
  • statement of research interests (including relevant background for this position)
  • the name and email addresses of three references 

Ideally, candidates will begin in Fall/Winter 2017.
Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Equal Access Employer.



The Collaborative Research Centre, University of Potsdam 

Short-term Fellowship Positions       


The Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1287 "Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects" in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for short-term fellowships available in 2018, 2019, 2020.


Language users exhibit a high degree of variability at all levels of the linguistic system, language use, and language development and change. This variability in language can be characterised as the range of different possible linguistic behaviours that are available to a language user, a language community, or in specific languages at any linguistic level. By exploring the systematicity and the limits of variability in linguistic behaviours, the main focus of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) is on identifying the constraints of the underlying linguistic system. Several projects jointly evaluate the limits, relations, dependencies, and commonalities of different types of variability across a range of linguistic phenomena from the perspectives of (A) language interaction and change, of (B) language processing, and of (C) grammatical systems. The CRC provides a fantastic research infrastructure including a large interdisciplinary network of researchers, its own graduate school, and funding opportunities for conference visits, summer schools, hosting international experts etc.


We are offering several three- to twelve-month fellowships to external PhD candidates who would like to do their research within one dedicated project of the CRC. Please see the available projects here:  https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/sfb1287/subprojects.html


The monthly fellowship is tax exempt and covers a basic amount (1365 EUR) plus 400 EUR per child, if applicable. Holders of the grant need to cover health insurance on their own.


The University of Potsdam hosts leading groups in the field of linguistics and cognitive sciences (http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/cognitive-sciences/index.html). Potsdam is an attractive historical city and its palaces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Potsdam is close to Berlin, a culturally vibrant city and home to a lively start-up scene. Both cities have a high quality of life at modest living costs.


The University of Potsdam strives to maintain gender balance among its staff. Severely disabled applicants shall receive preference in case of equal qualifications. We invite applications from people with migration backgrounds.


The fellowships require completed academic studies at an institute of higher learning (Master's degree or equivalent). Please send your application as a single PDF file including: (1) a statement of research interests and motivation, (2) a full CV, (3) a short research proposal, (4) the names and e-mail addresses of at least two referees, (5) academic transcripts, (6) list of publications/talks/presentations, and, if applicable, (7) a web-link to a copy of the Master's or PhD thesis to Dr. Anastasiya Dockhorn-Romanova [email protected]. The research proposal should state which project within the CRC the short-term researcher wants to be affiliated with (e.g., "A01"). Deadline for the application for a fellowship in 2018 is October, 31. Late applications may be considered.


For further details please contact Dr. Anastasiya Dockhorn-Romanova [email protected]




University of California, Davis

Postdoctoral Position 


As part of a research project awarded to UC Davis by the NIH/NIA, Fernanda Ferreira, John Henderson, Tamara Swaab, and Charles DeCarli seek to hire a post-doctoral researcher with experience in EEG and ERP methods to investigate prediction during language comprehension in older and younger adults. The start date is as early as November 1, 2017.


The research will be conducted in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis. The post-doc will be part of a large and vibrant community of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in the Language, Cognition, and Brain Sciences group and the Neuroscience of Cognitive Aging Program, as well as those in the Imaging Research Center, and the Center for Neuroscience. The bicycle-friendly town of Davis is in an ideal location, sitting between San Francisco and Sacramento, with easy access to wine country (Napa and Sonoma Valleys), the Northern California coast, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Lake Tahoe.


Highly motivated candidates with a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, or a related field are encouraged to apply. Experience conducting EEG / ERP research (ideally, supported by appropriate publications) is required. Strong analytic and writing skills are also critical. The appointment is on an annual basis for an initial two years, with potential for a third year. Salary will be at NIH pay scale.


Candidates should send a letter of interest by email to the lead PI, Fernanda Ferreira ([email protected]). Full applications should include a CV, publication list, brief statement of research interests, and names of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Davis is committed to maintaining an atmosphere that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, and intimidation.   



Carnegie Mellon University

Assistant Professor     


The Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University anticipates making a cluster of tenure-track appointments at the Assistant Professor level over the coming years.  We are interested in candidates with a strong grounding in psychological theory, cutting-edge methods, cross-cutting research programs, and high-quality teaching. Our interest is less in specific research areas or methods than in excellence, innovation, and a strong connection to theory-driven research that will facilitate developing a dynamic, successful, and diverse cluster of next-generation scientists. For the present hiring cycle we are particularly seeking applicants in the following broad areas:


(1)  Social Psychology and Health. We seek applicants with a background in social and/or health psychology. We are open to areas of specialization within these fields. Ideally, applicants will have strong statistical training and quantitative skills.


(2)  Cognitive Psychology / Developmental Psychology / Cognitive Neuroscience. We seek applicants addressing issues relevant to human cognition, its development, and its neurobiological basis. We are open to areas of specialization within these fields.


Across all areas of interest, we place high value on programmatic, theory-driven research that contributes to the substantive advancement of the field. Moreover, applicants who have areas of interest that connect areas in our department - cognitive, cognitive neuroscience, developmental, education, and social/health psychology - are especially encouraged to apply.


Successful candidates will join a growing and highly interactive cross-departmental research community invested in human behavior and its psychological and biological bases, as embodied by CMU's BrainHub, a campus-wide initiative to expand brain research across disciplines, and Simon Initiative, fostering a continuous cycle in which learning science informs educational practice. The Department of Psychology has particularly strong ties to computer science, machine learning, engineering, modern languages, human-computer interaction, philosophy, social and decision sciences, and the Tepper School of Business. Our community is complemented by many collaborations with the University of Pittsburgh, including partnership through the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, an interdisciplinary and collaborative research and training center jointly administered across institutions.


Carnegie Mellon is a highly supportive environment for scientists seeking to span disciplines and employ multiple methodologies in their research. Facilities include a state-of-the-art MRI facility, EEG, NIRS, and MEG systems, and large-scale, high-performance computing clusters situated in a highly collaborative environment. Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries and start-up packages in an attractive and highly livable urban environment. We especially encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.    


For application information, see https://apply.interfolio.com/44867 


For further information, please contact Search Committee Chair, Professor Lori L. Holt ([email protected]). 



University of Florida 

Assistant Professor     


The University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in neuro/psycholinguistics at the rank of assistant professor, effective August 16, 2018. Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in linguistics, psychology, or a closely-related field, and a primary specialization in neuro/psycholinguistics. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. by the starting date. 

The successful candidate will be expected to 1) maintain an active research agenda, 2) apply for and obtain external research funding, 3) teach four courses per academic year at the undergraduate and graduate level, 4) provide service to the department, the university, and the profession, and 5) collaborate with faculty in other units on campus, such as the McKnight Brain Institute.

The Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of culture, music, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activity, and social opportunities, including organizations that support the interests of people from varied backgrounds. 


Salary is competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a full benefits package.


The Linguistics Department at the University of Florida is a vibrant and congenial unit consisting of 9 full-time faculty and 11 affiliated faculty in the departments of Anthropology; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Spanish and Portuguese; and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. We offer a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics, as well as an undergraduate minor in TESOL and a graduate certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. We have faculty expertise in a wide range of linguistic subfields with specializations in language documentation, African linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and the core areas. UF Linguistics will be hosting the Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) in Summer 2018. Please see our website, lin.ufl.edu, for more information about the department.


The Evelyn F. & William L. McKnight Brain Institute is one of the world's largest research institutions devoted to the brain. It houses several research-dedicated MRI scanners, among which two 3T scanners for research with human participants. The Institute's research and educational programs incorporate over 300 faculty members from 51 academic departments and 10 colleges. For more information, please visit http://www.mbi.ufl.edu

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/504736/ and must include: (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a statement of teaching and research interests, (3) a CV, sample publications, (4) the names and email addresses for three references, and (5) representative teaching evaluations if available. After initial review, letters of recommendation will be requested for selected applicants. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.


The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida invites all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.


Contact: Edith Kaan, [email protected]  



Baylor College of Medicine 

 Postdoctoral Position  


Applications are invited for an NIH-funded post-doctoral fellowship on electrocorticography (ECOG) and fMRI of Multisensory Speech Perception in the laboratory of Michael Beauchamp at Baylor College of Medicine.


Please apply on-line at



For more information about the Beauchamp Lab, visit



University of Iowa 

Associate to Full Professor Position 


Language Development and Disorders


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa seeks applications for an Associate to Full Professor whose research examines the development of language and language disorders. We are seeking a scholar with a strong program of research in language development in one or multiple domains (e.g., phonology, semantics, grammar, discourse, reading). Research focus may include both typical and disordered populations across a range of areas that impact language and communication (e.g. developmental language disorder, dyslexia, autism, attention-deficit disorder). Applicants with expertise in the design, implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions are particularly encouraged to apply.
The successful applicant will maintain an active program of empirical research, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in his/her areas of expertise. The University of Iowa offers exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship across a number of campus facilities and programs, including the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Center for Disabilities and Development, the DeLTA Center, the Cognitive Science of Language Program, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and Iowa Center for Reading Research, well as strong collaborations with units such as Psychological and Brain Sciences, Otolaryngology, and the Iowa Neuroscience Institute. Opportunities for implementation science research with area school systems, early childhood programs and publicly or privately affiliated service providers also exist.


Education Requirement: Prospective candidates must have earned a PhD in communication sciences and disorders, human development, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a related field.


Required Qualifications: 1) evidence of an active and productive research program in the area of language development and disorders; 2) an established record of external funding; 3) a record of effective teaching at the post-secondary level; and 4) evidence of service at the university or professional level.


Desired Qualifications: 1) certification/licensure in speech-language pathology; 2) demonstrated commitment to working across disciplinary boundaries; and 3) evidence of leadership in university or professional contexts commensurate with rank.

The Department and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Application: Applications accepted 9/1/17 - 11/30/17. Interested candidates should submit their application materials (CV, letter of application, and three letters of recommendation) at: http://jobs.uiowa.edu/ Requisition #71579


For questions or additional information, contact: Patricia M. Zebrowski, PhD, Search Committee Chair at [email protected]



The Fourth Learning and Plasticity Meeting in Äkäslompolo, Finland - First Call 

April 8 - 11, 2018 


The Fourth Learning and Plasticity Meeting in Äkäslompolo, Finland is a cross-disciplinary meeting that connects psychological and neuroscience research on the mechanisms of learning and brain plasticity.

  • The special theme of the LaP 2018 meeting is ageing but submissions reflecting the whole spectrum of learning and plasticity research are encouraged
  • The LaP 2018 keynote speaker is Professor Kirk Erickson (Brain Aging & Cognitive Health Lab, University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Informal atmosphere and small size (maximum 100 participants) helps to connect participants and promotes discussion
  • Excellent possibilities for winter sports and other outdoor activities
  • Despite of its location way above the Polar Circle, the congress site is easy to reach by flight or train


For further information, see the congress website at http://congress.utu.fi/lap/


Hope to see you at the heart of Finnish Lapland in Spring 2018


The LaP Scientific Committee,


Matti Laine, Åbo Akademi University, Finland (Chair)

Lars Bäckman, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Susanne Jaeggi, University of California at Irvine, USA

Hasse Karlsson, University of Turku, Finland

Minna Lehtonen, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Marcus Meinzer, University of Queensland, Australia

Lars Nyberg, Umeå University, Sweden.


SNL 2017
The Society for the Neurobiology of Language