October 2019 

SNL 2020

 October 21-23, 2020    

Philadelphia, USA

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)    
PhD Student and Postdoc Fellow      
Looking for highly motivated Postdoc Fellow for a newly funded NIH project
The Neuroimaging for Language, Literacy and Learning (NL3) Lab (https://www.thewanglab.com) invites applications for Ph.D. Student and Postdoc Fellow. The NL3 Lab led by Wang aims to use neuroimaging techniques to understand cognitive processes (Language, Literacy, and Learning) in the brain. We are located at the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior (CB3) of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). UNL was founded on February 15, 1869, and has been recognized by the Legislature as the primary research and doctoral degree-granting institution in the state for fields outside the health professions. CB3 (http://cb3.unl.edu) is housed within 30,000 square feet of dedicated space in Memorial Stadium, constructed in collaboration with Nebraska Athletics. CB3 is also close to the Holland Computing Center, home to the fastest supercomputing resources in the state. The facility's centerpiece is a Siemens 3 Tesla Skyra scanner equipped with an MR-compatible 256-electrode high-density EEG system and an eye tracker. The center also features a salivary bioscience core facility, as well as several specialized laboratories, including NIRS, high-density EEG/ERP, eye tracking, psychophysiology, and genetics. There are currently 20 CB3 resident faculty and 35 additional CB3 affiliated faculty from across the UNL Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, Engineering, Journalism and Mass Communications, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Omaha campuses.
Review of applications began on August 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.
Qualifications for Postdoc Fellow: A Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, or related field is required. The successful candidate must have expertise in fNIRS data processing and analysis techniques and have passion in advancing cutting-edge technologies and algorithms used to complex fNIRS and BCI data. Expertise in techniques of functional MRI/MRI/DWI is not required but is highly desirable. The salary is based on experience and will be highly competitive. Your appointment of duties will be 100% research activities, including collection of fNIRS and BCI data, optimization of fNIRS data collection, and creation of fNIRS data analysis pipelines. You will be able to mentor students and collaborators as you develop your expertise in fNIRS and BCI.
How to apply: To be considered for this position, please email your most recent version of CV and one representative publication along with two reference letters to yingying.wang@unl.edu. Please combine all required documents in one PDF file. Addition materials related to research are optional. If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Wang at yingying.wang@unl.edu or 402-472-0106
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego 
Joint Doctoral Program  
Program Directors: Tracy Love (SDSU) and Seana Coulson (UCSD)

(i) CalState Apply DECEMBER 16, 2019; (ii) JDP-LCD Supplement JANUARY 12, 2020

To obtain admission information and to download our application for Fall 2019 visit our website at:
The SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders (JDP-LCD) is designed to educate a new generation of scientists who are interested in applying state-of-the-art research skills to the study of language and communicative disorders. Our interdisciplinary program, the only program of its kind in California, provides training in normal (spoken and signed) language, language disorders, multilingualism, and in the neural bases of language learning, use, and loss. Our doctoral program ranked fourth on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index rankings compiled by Academic Analytics and released by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2007. The National Research Council (NRC) ranked our doctoral program among the top ten in the nation in their most recent rankings. The majority of our graduates hold university faculty positions or research scientist positions in labs here in the US and abroad.

  1. To provide doctoral training in the study of language and communicative behavior with an interdisciplinary focus that integrates state-of-the-art knowledge from the fields of communicative disorders, cognitive science, neurosciences, psychology and linguistics represented by the expertise of core faculty from SDSU and UCSD.
  2. To prepare professionals, educated in the interface between behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methodologies, who will provide critical leadership in research and health services.
  3. To prepare Ph.D.-level scientists in the field of language and communicative disorders to serve as faculty in university programs and scientists in a variety of settings to carry out much-needed research on the processes of language development, disorders, assessment and intervention.
  4. To prepare researchers to carry out much-needed research in communicative behavior and disorders in bilingualism.
Although this is a research Ph.D. program, the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at SDSU offers a separate clinical graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology. It may be possible to complete a CF or obtain academic and clinical training concurrently with doctoral studies. Access to clinical training is not automatic nor is it guaranteed.

Our program at SDSU resides in a clinical, research, and academic building with state-of-the-art Speech-Language and Audiology clinics, high-tech labs, and great instructional facilities. These resources, combined with the outstanding facilities at UCSD, provide doctoral students with the best possible training environment. Several different funding sources are used to support doctoral students including program scholarships, graduate assistantships, in-state and out-of-state fee support, and faculty grants. Some doctoral student receive funding from our NIH doctoral training grant (NIDCD T32 DC00731) "Neurocognitive Approaches to Communication Disorders (2017-2022). Contact Dr. Tracy Love (tlove@mail.sdsu.edu) for more information regarding this training grant.
Purdue University    
Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor  
The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) at Purdue University invites applications from candidates holding a Master's or PhD degree and CCC-SLP for the position of Clinical Faculty in Speech-Language Pathology (Assistant/Associate). Individuals with specialization in the areas of adult neurogenics and/or voice are particularly encouraged to apply. The position is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track appointment with an anticipated start date of 1 August 2020, which is negotiable.

The Department of SLHS (http:/www.purdue.edu/hhs/slhs/) is a national leader in clinical education and research, and offers undergraduate, accredited graduate (MS-SLP, AuD), and PhD degrees. Clinical faculty are full members of the SLHS faculty and are expected to demonstrate excellence in the areas of clinical practice and education. The Department supports faculty through opportunities for clinical research and professional development, and promotes engagement regionally, nationally, and internationally. Clinical faculty also work collaboratively with Indiana University School of Medicine-West Lafayette, community laryngology clinics, and local hospitals.

Primary responsibilities include providing clinical education to graduate students, direct clinical services to clients and their families, and collaborating on research projects with academic faculty and students. Five years relevant clinical experience and eligibility for Indiana Speech-Language Pathology licensure is required; supervision experience preferred.

Review of applications will begin December 9, 2019, but applications will continue to be accepted until an exceptional candidate is identified. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a letter of interest indicating relevant experience and qualifications, and 3 letters of recommendation. Curriculum vita and letter of interest should be submitted via this application link.
Letters of recommendation should be sent to Teasha McKinley (teasha@purdue.edu). Questions regarding this position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Clinical Professor Chenell Loudermill (clouder@purdue.edu).

The Department of SLHS is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

A background check is required for employment in this position.

Purdue is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Indiana University Bloomington       
Postdoctoral Fellow    
The NEURAL (NEURoscience of Adult Language) Research Lab at Indiana University Bloomington is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to begin in spring or summer 2020, working with Dr. Brielle Stark.  The position is open for an initial 1-year, with an option to renew dependent on performance and funding.
Research in the lab focuses on understanding brain-behavior relationships in neurogenic communication disorders, largely post-stroke aphasia. We are most interested in understanding processes related to language production. We have a Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner and an EEG suite as part of our Imaging Research Facility, which is shared between collaborative IU faculty. There is the opportunity to collect new data related to their interest, and also to work on data that has already been collected in post-stroke chronic aphasia and in age-matched older adults. We will shortly be moving to a brand new facility attached to a hospital just north of campus and will additionally have a lab space on main IU campus.
This postdoc's responsibilities will include data collection, data management, data analysis and writing of papers. There is a heavy emphasis on neuroimaging and behavior data analysis and publication. As such, the ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about a career in science/medicine, self-motivated, independent, productive, and have an interest in speech/language neuroscience. We are a close-knit lab comprised of undergraduates, MA and PhD students and are looking for someone who has strong interpersonal skills and a team attitude. Candidates must have a related PhD degree (e.g. Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering, Biology, Communication Sciences, etc.), experience with programming in Matlab and/or Python and strong statistical skills. Additional experience may include analyzing discourse samples (e.g. CHAT/CLAN, PRAAT, SALT). Experience with aphasia is helpful but not required.
Indiana University is an excellent and interdisciplinary research environment. Dr. Stark is part of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and is also core faculty in the Program in Neuroscience. IU is home to the Imaging Research Facility, Network Institute, and Program in Cognitive Science. Additionally, Bloomington is a lovely place to live. It is a small-town (80,000 residents) that boasts great art, food and nature. It is the epitome of a college town, full of good-natured Midwesterners.  
Please see the lab website for more information: www.neuralresearchlab.com. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants can send a CV, a brief statement of interest and a relevant paper to demonstrate writing skills to: bcstark@iu.edu.
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics     
Research Assistant or PhD Position

The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (NL), is offering a research assistant or PhD position in Statistical Genomics/Genetic Epidemiology within the population genetics of human communication group.

The host research group, led by Dr Beate St Pourcain, investigates the genetic basis of social communication, language and interaction in large population-based cohorts.

Job description
The successful applicant will engage in genome-wide analyses of social behaviour and its links with personality traits and other phenotypes by studying large genome-wide and omics data from international cohorts and consortia. Statistical analyses will involve, for example, Mendelian Randomisation-based approaches and structural equation modelling techniques applied to genetic, epigenetic and/or expression data, in addition to standard genome-wide association studies. There will also be opportunities to engage in R package development.

The appointment is for four years, with a salary according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst). Depending on the interests and qualifications of the candidate, the contract will either be offered as a research assistant position (classified in salary group E09a or E09b between EUR 36,697 and EUR 54,943 p.a., based on full-time employment) or a PhD position (starting salary: EUR 32,813 p.a.). The PhD student will also participate in the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences (https://www.mpi.nl/imprs), which involves both core and individually chosen coursework to complement the PhD research, and training in soft skills such as writing and presentation.

The successful applicant will hold, or shortly expect to obtain an MSc or MA qualification in Statistical Genomics, Genetic Epidemiology, Medical Statistics, Computing or a related quantitative discipline. Applicants should have a strong computational background with knowledge of shell, R, and Python, Perl or another programming language. Familiarity with approaches for integrating biological information from a wide range of (publicly available) data resources is desirable.

The MPI in Nijmegen is an internationally leading research institute studying how our minds and brains process language, including their underlying genetic architectures. The institute has a multidisciplinary stimulating research environment, excellent facilities and computing resources. We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University and have close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Human Genetics Department of Radboud University Medical Centre. We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

Application procedure
Please send the following documents in a single pdf file by e-mail to Martina Bernhard (Secretary, Language & Genetics Department: martina.bernhard@mpi.nl).
  1. Statement of interest in the position
  2. CV including coursework
  3. List of publications
  4. Names, email addresses and contact numbers of three referees who would be willing to provide letters of recommendation.
For informal scientific enquiries, please get in touch with Beate St Pourcain (beate.stpourcain@mpi.nl). For general enquiries, please contact Martina Bernhard. Please indicate whether we can keep your application details and personal information for a duration of up to 2 years so that we can contact you if future positions at the MPI arise. The job interview will be held in English.

Applications will be reviewed from 1 December 2019 onwards until the position has been filled. The proposed starting date is negotiable.
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging     
Staff Scientist at Postdoctoral Level
We are looking for a staff scientist at post-doctoral level to join the Language and Computation in Neural Systems Group run by Dr. Andrea E. Martin. We are a dynamic lab investigating the representation and processing of spoken language from theory-driven perspective that is informed by advanced techniques in computational and cognitive neuroscience. We are based at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. More information about us and the work we publish can be found on our website: www.andreaemartin.com and www.mpi.nl
Job description:
  • You will be responsible for directing, planning, and executing project(s) investigating the processing of spoken language above the word level using MEEG, contemporary data analysis techniques, and computational models.
  • You will perform a range of experiments, as well as devise and implement models, perform data analysis, and write papers in collaboration with the group leader.
  • This position also involves supervision and mentoring of junior researchers (e.g., PhD students, masters students, and interns)
  • You will have the opportunity to publish first author papers, contribute to related projects as a co-author and present your work at international conferences and institutions.
  • This is an outstanding opportunity to develop your research skills and ask exciting scientific questions to drive forward your own research project(s) in this new area of research using cutting edge approaches.
  • PhD in a relevant field (cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, linguistics or similar)
  • You must have good computational skills and proven experience in this area (e.g. during PhD or other training). Some knowledge of neural networks and neural oscillations would be useful, but not essential
  • Enthusiasm for the work and the subject area (language, structured representations, neural oscillations, symbolic-connectionism)
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Experience supervising students at any level would be advantageous
  • We encourage early career stage researchers and recent graduates to apply
  • The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from under-represented groups, women, and people with disabilities are particularly welcomed.
Conditions of employment / what we offer:
  • Exciting research environment addressing cutting edge questions with interdisciplinary colleagues and collaborators (both local and international)
  • State of the art laboratory and computing facilities, excellent resources, infrastructure and offices
  • Excellent mentoring, training and career development support and opportunities. Including local support and funding to attend external conferences and training courses when needed.
  • The salary is according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and is classified in salary group E13 (depending on the experience of the applicant between EUR 3,996.72 and EUR 5,842.91 gross per month, based on a full time employment).
  • Full time position (1.0 FTE), 39 hours per week (lower FTE will be considered if desired by candidate)
  • Flexible start date and term of appointment is minimally 1 and maximally 4 years
  • Great location - Nijmegen offers high quality of life. Relocation packages may be possible for suitable candidates

The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is the only research institute in the world entirely devoted to the study of language. Our goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.  We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer.
Application procedure:

Applications must be in English and include:
  • a brief cover letter (max 1 page) 
  • an up to date CV
  • the names and email addresses of two referees
Send applications to:
Please use the subject line: Post-doctoral application - 2019
Should you require more information about the position, please contact us at the above email address.

Deadline for applications is 30th October 2019, or until the position is filled.
Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics      
PhD Position 
PhD Position at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
(4-year fully-funded PhD position in the Language and Computation in Neural Systems Group, starting gross salary €2,531 per month)
Supervisor: Dr Andrea E. Martin (MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands & Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging)
Co-supervisor: TBA
Promoter: Professor Antje Meyer (MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Job description:
This PhD project aims to investigate the representation and processing of spoken language in biological and artificial neural systems using a theory-driven approach that informed by advanced techniques in cognitive computational neuroscience.
What we expect from you:
For this project, we seek an exceptional student with a talent and inclination for first class research as part of a PhD studentship in cognitive computational neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The position is funded by the Language and Computation in Neural Systems Group (LaCNS), led by Dr Andrea E. Martin, and investigates the representation and processing of language in biological and artificial neural systems.
Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a high quality Research Master's degree in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, experimental or mathematical psychology, linguistics or another relevant field of study. Masters degrees should involve several months of experience and training on a scientific project. Data analysis skills in scripting and handling large datasets will be an advantage. Candidates should have a strong interest in the computational basis of language processing in the brain. Familiarity with research methods in computational cognitive science and cognitive computational neuroscience is desirable.
The business of the institute is conducted in English, and candidates should have excellent written and spoken command of this language.
What we have to offer:
The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years (starting gross salary is €2,531 per month). LaCNS provides in addition fully equipped research facilities, technical support, as well as a conference and travel budget. PhD students also participate in the International Max Planck Research School, which involves both core and individually chosen coursework to complement the PhD research, and training in soft skills such as writing and presentation.
Work environment:
The MPI in Nijmegen is an internationally recognized, leading research institute, with a stimulating environment, excellent facilities and resources. LaCNS uses state-of-the-art methods and theory-driven investigation to study the neurocomputational basis of speech and language comprehension in biological and artificial neural networks; it also benefits from close connection to the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour at Radboud University.
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from under-represented minorities, women, and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged.

Application process:
Applications should include:
  1. Statement of why you are interested in this post and a good match for the post
  2. CV including publication list
  3. Names, email addresses and contact numbers of three referees who would be willing to provide letters of recommendation     
Applications or enquiries should be made to Ina Grevel (Secretary to Dr. A E Martin).
The deadline for applications is 30 October 2019.
3rd International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC 2020)     
May 28-29, 2020 
We are happy to announce the 3rd International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC 2020).
ISBPAC 2020 will take place in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on May 28-29, 2020. It will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, which is located on the Radboud University campus. There will be a pre-conference workshop on May 27, 2020.
ISBPAC started in 2016 at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany, initiated by Shanley Allen and colleagues. The second edition took place in 2018 at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, organized by Holger Hopp and colleagues.
The ISBPAC symposium started out in 2016 with the explicit aim to include research on children as well as adults. ISBPAC 2018 added "L2" to the title, to include all types of bilingualism ranging from fluent bilinguals to beginning L2 learners. At ISBPAC 2020, while we do not wish to add any more words to the symposium's name, we emphasize multi- and interdisciplinarity; we aim to bring together researchers who investigate bilingual and L2 processing from various disciplines, including linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, multimodal communication, and language pedagogy, and all domains of language. The pre-conference workshop will address the teaching of L2 listening. Our three fantastic keynote speakers illustrate ISBPACs aims.
Keynote speakers
Ann Bradlow, Northwestern University
Ton Dijkstra, Radboud University
Ludovica Serratrice, University of Reading
Important Dates
Conference: Thursday, 28th - Friday, 29th May 2020
Pre-Conference Workshop: Wednesday, 27rd May 2020
Abstract Submission: 15th November 2019 - 15th January 2020
Notification of Acceptance: Beginning of March 2020
Registration: 1st March - 15th May 2020
Early Bird Registration: 1st March - 10th April 2020
More information and a call for papers with details about abstract submission will follow soon.
The ISBPAC 2020 organizing committee:
Mirjam Broersma (chair), m.broersma@let.ru.nl
Evan Kidd
Kristin Lemhöfer
James McQueen
Asli Özyürek
Sharon Unsworth
Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour, Radboud University, Nijmegen
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Learning and Plasticity Meeting - Äkäslompolo, Finland    
April 5-8, 2020 
  • A cross-disciplinary meeting that connects psychological and neuroscience research on the mechanisms of learning and brain plasticity
  • The special theme of the LaP 2019 meeting is Videogaming and Cognitive Enhancement. However, most of the program will consist of free papers reflecting the broad spectrum of learning and plasticity research
  •  The LaP 2020 keynote speaker is Professor Simone Kühn (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany)
  •  Informal atmosphere and small size (maximum 60 participants) helps to connect participants and promotes discussion
  • Excellent possibilities for winter sports and other outdoors activities
  • Despite of its location way above the Polar Circle, the congress site is easy to reach by train or by flight
For further information, see the congress website at http://lapmeeting.fi/ 
Hope to see you at the Heart of Finnish Lapland in Spring 2020!
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, University of Oslo, Norway Marcus Meinzer, University of Queensland, Australia Lars Nyberg, Umeå University, Sweden Juha Salmi, University of Turku, Finland
  • Symposium proposals by November 15, 2019 by email to: matti.laine@abo.fi<mailto:matti.laine@abo.fi>;
  • Abstract submission by the end of January 15, 2020 (Eastern European time)
  •  Congress registration early-bird deadline by the end of February 15, 2020 

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