September 2015





First_StoryNew Keynote Added to SNL 2015 Program

We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Marcus Raichle, Washington University in St. Louis, to the program for SNL 2015!  Dr. Raichle's Keynote Address, "The restless brain: how intrinsic activity organizes brain function" is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Three additional state-of-the-art keynote lectures will be delivered by Dr. Marsel Mesulam, Northwestern University, Dr. Peter L. Strick, University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute and Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago.

This year's Invited Symposium, "Language and the Aging Brain" will feature four outstanding speakers and perspectives:

 * Naftali Raz, Wayne State University, "Aging of the Brain: Its Modifiers and Cognitive Correlates"
 * Lorraine Tyler, University of Cambridge, "The adaptive brain: brain and cognition in ageing"
 * Jonathan Peelle, Washington University in St. Louis, "Individual differences in auditory and cognitive factors during spoken language comprehension"
 * Pascale Tremblay, Université Laval, "Speech production in aging: from behaviour to brain imaging"


Upcoming Dates for SNL 2015

Online Registration Closes
September 21, 2015
Deadline to Reserve Hotel Rooms
September 21, 2015
Board of Director Election Closes
October 8, 2015





SNL 2015

 October 15 - 17, 2015

Chicago, Illinois



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Research Positions


MRRI Institute Investigator (all levels): Language and Cognition in Neuropsychological Populations

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) seeks an Institute Investigator to join our historic program in language and cognition and help build the next generation of translational neuroscience/neurorehab research.

The successful applicant is expected to conduct an independent program of research and to participate in research collaborations within and outside MRRI. The ideal candidate is a cognitive, clinical, or neuroscientist or speech-language pathologist who studies language or related cognitive disorders, and who may also conduct research in translating basic science findings to improve clinical practice. Preference will be given to candidates who complement the faculty's interests in areas like language processing, language learning, semantics, action planning, cognitive control, neuromodulation, neuroplasticity, and/or lesion-symptom mapping (for details, consult our website:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant area. Evidence of research productivity and prior grant funding are required, as salaries and labs at MRRI are partially grant supported. Qualified candidates at all levels are welcome to apply. We offer a competitive start-up package, and ongoing salary support is available.

MRRI is known internationally for its research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, including a long tradition of ground-breaking research in aphasia. Our unique resources include a large research registry of stroke and TBI research volunteers, and the long-running MossRehab Aphasia Center, a venue for life participation activities, training, and research. MRRI is renowned for its supportive, collegial environment, peer mentoring, and collaborative ties with Philadelphia's outstanding colleges and universities. In particular, we have long-standing collaborations with the neurology and neuroimaging faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, with grant supported projects in structural and functional neuroimaging, TMS, and tDCS.

Einstein Healthcare Network is proud to offer our employees outstanding career opportunities including competitive compensation, attractive benefits plan including medical/dental/vision coverage, generous vacation time, and tuition reimbursement.


Interested candidates may submit a cover letter describing current research programs and proposed future directions in the MRRI environment, along with CV to:

Kevin Whelihan, Research 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.

We also welcome informal approaches by email or phone that begin a conversation that may eventually lead to an application; such inquiries can be directed to Dr. Myrna Schwartz ([email protected]). Contact information for other MRRI faculty can be found at

Research Faculty/Postdoc Positions in Hong Kong

Research Faculty (non-tenure-track) and Postdoc positions are available in the Brain and Mind Institute at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  We welcome individuals from any disciplines whose research addresses aspects of speech, hearing, language, and communication broadly defined.   Candidates with experience in basic and clinical research across the lifespan are all encouraged to apply.  We are particularly interested in broad thinkers with good quantitative skills to join our team.  Candidates with experience in behavioral, neural, and genetic research will all be considered.  Research experience and interest in infant development is an asset.  The anticipated start date is Jan 2016, but can be flexible.  The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks among top 40 in the world according to QS World University Rankings.  Hong Kong offers a multitude of living possibilities.  For inquiries, candidates should email CV to Patrick Wong ([email protected]).  Visit for more information about our work. Review of applications will begin immediately.  

Research faculty applicants need to apply formally through the University system; details can be found here:


Patrick C. M. Wong

Professor of Linguistics

Stanley Ho Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Director, Brain and Mind Institute                                           

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Room G03, Leung Kau Kui Building, Shatin, N.T.

Hong Kong SAR, China

+852 3943 7009   

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Applications are welcomed for a postdoctoral research position at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS) in Leipzig, Germany. The objective of the postdoctoral research project is to use neurostimulation (TMS, tDCS) and neuroimaging to understand the role of sensory and motor cortices in multisensory and foreign language learning (see e.g., Mayer KM et al., 2015 Current Biology).

The MPI-CBS is an internationally leading centre for cognitive and imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, several 3.0 T MRI scanners, a 306 channels MEG system, TMS and tDCS laboratories, several EEG suites, and eye-tracking labs. All facilities and data analyses are supported by experienced IT specialists and physicists. Besides an excellent infrastructure, our institute offers an international and friendly environment with researchers from diverse backgrounds. The postdoc will be member of the group "Neural Mechanisms of Human Communication" led by Katharina von Kriegstein.

The candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent) in neuroscience, experimental psychology, biology, or a related field, and should be able to demonstrate a consistently outstanding academic record, including publications. The ideal candidate will have expertise in neurostimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and/or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Additional prior experience with MEG/EEG or functional MRI is desirable.

The starting date for this position is flexible. Initially for two years, the position offers the possibility of extension for up to three years. Salary depends on experience and is based on regulations of the Max Planck Society.

To apply, please include all documents in one PDF-file in the following order: CV, contact information of two referees, a brief statement describing your personal qualifications and future research interests, copies of up to three of your publications. Applications with the subject heading "FL15PD" should be sent via email to: [email protected] Closing date for applications is the 27th September 2015.

Informal enquiries regarding the post should be directed to: Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein ([email protected]). For more information about the group see:

The MPI-CBS is an equal opportunities employer, committed to the advancement of individuals without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender, or disability.



PhD Positions


5 PhD Positions in the Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction'

We are looking for highly motivated PhD candidates 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 Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. This research consortium 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 research team consists of 43 Principal Investigators. In addition to the excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, our consortium provides state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in the complex research methods that will be invoked to address the scientific questions at the highest level of methodological sophistication. These include methods from genetics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and patient-related research. This consortium realizes both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else.

Currently, the consortium advertises five PhD positions for a period of 4 years. These positions provide the opportunity for conducting world-class research as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

Maximum salary: €2,717 gross/month
Closing date for application: 04 October 2015, 23:59 CET

Click here for more information on the PhD positions and how to apply:

The Erasmus Mundus Program

The Erasmus Mundus Program "International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain" (IDEALAB) offers 3-year PhD positions in the area of psycho-/neurolinguistics from September 2016.

The PhD program has been established as an outstanding 3-year doctoral training to its candidates to study structure, processing and foundations of human language integrating interdisciplinary approaches.

For this purpose, four European universities (Potsdam (GER),Groningen (NL),

Newcastle- upon-Tyne (GB), Trento/Rovereto (IT)) and one non-European university (Macquarie University Sydney (AU)) provide an intellectual environment for original and independent research on experimental and clinical aspects of language and the brain. Associated members from Research & Development industries contribute in various ways to the program and stimulate an innovative environment. They are potential co-supervisors and are involved in training.

Finally, there are seven clinics associated to the consortium, amongst others the non-European rehabilitation center in Moscow which is the world's largest centre for language disorders in the world. The associated clinics provide internships to study unimpaired as well as impaired language of children and adults.

The program is jointly offered by a transnational consortium with an integrated study program along with required mobility between the participating institutions. The mobility plan of each individual young researcher is tailored according to the particular specialities required by the thesis topic.

The application period starts 15th of September and ends on November 15, 2015.

Further information can be found at our website:   


Clinical Director


MossRehab Aphasia Center

MossRehab, one of the top 10 rehabilitation centers in the nation, seek(s) an experienced clinical aphasiologist to direct the programs of its long standing MossRehab Aphasia Center. Founded in 1996 as a joint program of MossRehab and Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), the Aphasia Center is a pioneer in creatively addressing the long-term communication and psychosocial needs of people with aphasia. The Center provides focused and meaningful intervention at strategic points in the communication recovery process. This can occur through the Center's various programs, including: 1) the Advanced Clinical Therapy program (ACT), a specialized outpatient program that provides the most up-to date treatments for chronic aphasia; 2) A vibrant Aphasia Activity Center where people and families living with chronic aphasia participate in an array of communication and life enhancing activities; and 3) Participation in research.

The successful applicant will lead the Aphasia Center's continued growth and development. This includes supervision and mentoring of Speech-language pathologists, research assistants, students and volunteers; managing new and existing program initiatives; grant writing for program support, and, potentially conducting research. The MossRehab Aphasia Center is closely affiliated with Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, which is internationally known for its research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, including a long tradition of ground-breaking research in aphasia. The Aphasia Center also is a founding member and affiliate of AphasiaAccess, a new alliance of Life Participation providers and shares its interest in life participation outcomes research.

The ideal candidate is a PhD or Masters level speech-language pathologist with clinical experience. The Clinical Directorship is a salaried half-time position. However, depending on the interests and qualifications of the candidate, the position could be expanded up to full-time through research collaborations and extramural grant support.  

Einstein Healthcare Network is proud to offer our employees outstanding career opportunities including competitive compensation, attractive benefits plan including medical/dental/vision coverage, generous vacation time, and tuition reimbursement.


Interested candidates may submit a cover letter along with CV to:

Kevin Whelihan, Research 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.

We also welcome informal approaches by email or phone that begin a conversation that may eventually lead to an application; such inquiries can be directed to Ruth Fink [email protected] , 215-663-6561. Additional information about the MossRehab Aphasia Center can be found at




University of Hong Kong

Applications are invited for a tenure-track appointment as Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Educational Neuroscience in the Faculty of Education, to commence as soon as possible, preferably no later than January 2016, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract. 

The Faculty of Education leads a vibrant program of research in the Science of Learning as one of the Strategic Research Themes of the University of Hong Kong. Strategic research themes are identified by the University as current or potential areas of strength for building cross disciplinary synergies and collaboration in order to address issues of importance to the community here in Hong Kong and Greater China, as well as around the world. The mission of the Science of Learning theme is to advance our understanding of learning through studies from neural, cognitive, pedagogical, technological, theoretical and policy perspectives.

Applicants must have (i) a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in the Science of Learning, specifically Cognitive Neuroscience or Educational Neuroscience; (ii) strong evidence of foundational research training in the Cognitive Neurosciences with specific neuroimaging expertise (e.g., fMRI, EEG, fNIRS, MEG); (iii) an innovative research program that links (or has the potential to link) Cognitive Neuroscience research outcomes with learning and education in children and adolescents; (iv) promising publication record and teaching experience; and (v) significant potential for innovation/leadership, scholarship, and commitment to excellence in research and teaching.  Those who have research and teaching experience in Cognitive Neuroscience and Educational Neuroscience; demonstrated strength in neuroimaging and behavioral research, with a focus on how children and/or adolescents learn; and advanced understanding of the neural basis of learning in one or more of the following scientific areas (encompassed within the discipline of Educational Neuroscience): language/bilingual development, reading/literacy, math/numeracy, science/higher cognition, or social/emotional learning, will be preferred.

The appointee will be responsible for developing a research program in the Educational Neurosciences (inclusive of combined neuroimaging and behavioral experimentation) as an integral part of the Science of Learning Strategic Research Theme; enhancing collaboration between the Faculty of Education and other Faculties with interests and expertise in Science of Learning research; engaging in teaching and program development; graduate student mentorship; publications; securing external competitive research grants; and disseminating research findings to schools and the general public.

Information about the Faculty can be obtained at  Enquiries relating to application should be addressed to Mrs. Winnie Tsang, Faculty of Education, (e-mail: [email protected]). Enquiries relating to the roles and responsibilities of the position should be addressed to Professor Nancy Law, Faculty of Education (e-mail: [email protected]).

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Applicants should send (1) a completed application form; (2) an up-to-date C.V.; (3)  a detailed cover letter providing information on the following aspects: (i) evidence of their quality of scholarly training and activities specifically in the Cognitive Neurosciences, clearly outlining their neuroimaging and/or educational neuroscience expertise, (ii) publications and other forms of research outputs, (iii) research programs they have led or participated, if any, (iv) their approach to the emerging field of Educational Neuroscience, (v) their teaching experiences and teaching philosophy, (vi) details of how their expertise in the Cognitive Neurosciences and/or Educational Neuroscience can inform learning in young children and adolescents, or how they plan to do so in the future; (4) three letters of reference; and (5) three representative publications to [email protected]  Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at and further particulars can be obtained at  Review of applications will begin on September 5, 2015 and will continue until September 30, 2015.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.


Graduate Student Positions


Penn State University

Faculty in the Cognitive Area of the Psychology Department at Penn State University are looking for highly motivated candidates for admission to the PhD program. Professors Michele Diaz, Janet van Hell, and Daniel Weiss are now accepting graduate student applications for admission in Fall 2016. We employ a variety of behavioral and neuroimaging (EEG & fMRI) techniques to explore Language and Aging (Diaz); Bilingualism and Language Development (Van Hell); and the Statistical Learning Mechanisms underlying Language Acquisition (Weiss). We are members of the Center for Language Science: a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and collaborative language community who share an interest in language acquisition and bilingualism.

Penn State offers state of the art equipment and facilities, including a recently upgraded Siemens Prisma Fit 3.0T MRI system, high density EEG recording suites, and eye-tracking equipment. The Penn State psychology department has an outstanding track record of research, with a strong commitment to graduate student mentoring and development. Students can also pursue a Dual-Title Doctoral Degree in Psychology and Language Science, as well as a Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Interested students are encouraged to contact us to discuss their research ideas and training goals.

Michele Diaz:  [email protected]://

Janet Van Hell: [email protected]://

Applications are due December 1, 2015. For more information about how to apply, please visit our website:

Review of applications will begin immediately after the December 1st deadline. For more information about the cognitive area:


Post-doctoral Positions


Nitin Tandon at Houston

These positions will be supported by recent grants awarded to the PI from the National Science Foundation and the national Institutes of Health ( Candidates for this position should have a background in cognition/ cognitive neuroscience/ intracranial electrophysiology and be interested in understanding speech production in humans.

Interactions with our collaborators on these grants, particularly Greg Hickok at UCI, Bob Knight at UC Berkeley and Behnaam Aazhang at Rice University will be encouraged and facilitated. Both positions will involve state-of-the-art analysis of electro-corticographic signals in patients using stereo EEG and subdural grid electrodes and novel electrical stimulation approaches. Opportunities for inter-modal comparisons will also be provided. Candidates must have strong capabilities in one or more of the following disciplines - electrophysiology, signal processing, cognitive neuroscience or computational neuroscience. New members of the lab will benefit from the expertise of several other collaborators, post-docs and graduate students and a proven track record of expertise in intracranial electrophysiology.

Applications should consist of a cover letter describing research interests (and how those are a good fit for the position), a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three referees. Applicants will be evaluated on a first come first served basis and applications will be evaluated till the positions are filled, which we expect to happen by the end of this year.

Pay will be commensurate with NIH/NSF rates for post-doctoral fellows and full benefits will be provided via the University of Texas.

Please send completed applications to [email protected].

Summary: Post-docs will analyze human electrocorticographic (ECoG) data collected using intracranial EEG (iEEG) - stereo EEG (sEEG) and subdural grid electrodes (SDE) during language production - and modulate these using novel electrical stimulation approaches.

Johns Hopkins University

The Department of Neurology of Johns Hopkins University is now looking for (1) Postdoctoral Fellow for an NIH-funded project on the effects of tDCS in primary progressive aphasia (PPA). The project is devoted to the study of language intervention(s) and neuroplasticity in neurodegenerative diseases and, in particular, PPA. We use behavioral and neuromodulation intervention methods (e.g., tDCS) and we aim to understand their effectiveness and the brain mechanisms they involve using neuroimaging (structural MRI, DTI, fMRI, resting-state fMRI).

The ideal candidate should have, or will soon have, a doctoral degree in a relevant scientific discipline and prior research experience in cognitive psychology, neurolinguistics, neuroscience, speech-language pathology or related field. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to perform behavioral and tDCS interventions in participants with PPA, perform statistical analyses, present research at conferences, and write papers. The successful candidate will also assist with grant preparation and IRB protocols. Prior experience working with people with aphasia and fMRI research is strongly preferred. Programming experience with eprime, Matlab or R is also desired. The successful applicant should be highly motivated, organized, personable, willing to learn, responsible, reliable, and efficient. The successful applicant will also work collaboratively with students, other post-doctoral scientists and other faculty members of the Johns Hopkins community.

This is a full-time, one-year (renewable) position, preferably with a two-year commitment and can start as early as early as possible. For further information, interested candidates should email a CV, writing sample, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Tsapkini at [email protected] Johns Hopkins University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer


Assistant / Associate Professor Positions


San Diego State University

San Diego State University, School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in conjunction with SDSU's Area of Excellence in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience  is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant / Associate Professor position in brain-based disorders of speech, language, or cognitive processing, with adult (preferred) 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.

Apply via Interfolio at  Review of completed applications will begin October 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled; employment to begin Fall 2016.  Visit http://slhs.sdsu.edufor more information about the department. For questions, please contact Dr. Tracy Love ([email protected]).


Conferences and Workshops


University of South Carolina

The Institute for Mind and Brain at the University of South Carolina is organizing a one-day conference on Neural Plasticity and Learning,Friday, October 23, 2015, Columbia Convention Center, Columbia, South Carolina.

This is the first in a series of annual forums for highlighting current topics in neurocognition.  Presentations will address topics ranging from the basic science of neural plasticity to plasticity within specific cognitive domains (language, memory, motor learning), application of neuromodulatory tools to enhance plasticity and the role of neural plasticity in cognitive rehabilitation.

The conference features four external invited speakers (Paul Reber, Michal Ben-Shachar, Marcus Meinzer, and Gottfried Schlaug), as well as invited contributions by local researchers.  We are also inviting submissions for a poster session. 

For further information please visit