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Updated: 2018-04-23T02:24:26.244-07:00

 



NIH-funded postdoc, and Research assistant / Lab manager position available in the O-Lab at Duke

2018-04-11T08:05:06.751-07:00

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; min-height: 14.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 18.0px Arial} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} span.s1 {font: 12.0px Arial} We are looking for highly motivated early-career researchers to join the O-Lab, led by Prof. Tobias Overath, in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University. Work in our lab investigates how sounds, from simple sinusoids to complex speech signals, are processed in the human brain, using a combination of behavioral (psychoacoustics) and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG, ECoG) to track the underlying neural processes. Current projects investigate the transformation from acoustic to linguistic analysis of temporal speech structure, online measures of statistical learning, and optimization of cochlear implant coding strategies. Postdoc applicants should have recently completed a graduate degree in auditory neuroscience (broadly construed) or a related field, ideally using neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, M/EEG, ECoG). Strong computational skills are essential (Matlab, Python), as are good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a research team. Interested candidates should have established a track record of publications from their graduate studies and demonstrated the motivation to pursue a successful career in science and academia.Applicants for the Research Assistant / Lab manager position should have received an undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related field by summer 2018. A strong interest in how the brain processes sound is a plus, as is excellent knowledge of at least one programing language (preferably Matlab). Familiarity with fMRI, EEG, and/or a related experimental technique would also be beneficial.The main emphasis of the position will be on being involved with, and taking the lead on research projects, thereby gaining valuable research experience in preparation for future graduate school applications. Bureaucratic aspects of the position (such as scheduling and reimbursement of participants, help with IRB reviews, etc.) are projected to be comparatively limited.Duke University provides a vibrant, highly connected scientific environment, with many relevant departments and interdisciplinary initiatives (e.g. Departments of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Brain Imaging and Analysis Center). In addition, the Research Triangle area (Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh) boasts a wealth of research initiatives.Prospective start date is August or September, 2018. Applications will be reviewed until the end of April, or until the position is filled. Interested candidates should contact Tobias Overath via email: t.overath@duke.edu[...]



Three full-time post-bacc positions: Univ or Maryland, Linguistics

2018-04-09T07:35:15.912-07:00

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to 3 full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers. Starting date for all positions is Summer/Fall 2018. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a very active research group as preparation for a research career. Applicants must already have permission to work in the US, or be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and should have completed a BA or BS degree by the time of appointment. The ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a distinct advantage. Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions. The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 13th, 2018. However, review of applications will begin immediately.Positions #1–#2: Baggett Research Fellowships Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions. Fellows can pursue research in linguistics, cognitive (neuro-)science of language, language acquisition, or computational modeling. 1–2 positions are available for 2018-2019, subject to confirmation of funds. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. Information on the program and faculty mentors is at http://ling.umd.edu/baggett Contact: Dr. Andrea ZukowskiPosition #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques, including electrophysiological brain recordings (training provided). The person will also contribute to Maryland's Language Science program (http://languagescience.umd.edu/). Previous experience in (psycho)linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension. Contact: Dr. Colin PhillipsApplication RequirementsApplicants may request to be considered for all three positions, or any subset. Applicants for any of the positions should submit a cover letter outlining relevant background and interests, including potential faculty mentors (having multiple mentors is both possible and fruitful for the Baggett Fellowships), a current CV, and names and contact information for 3 potential referees. Reference letters are not needed as part of the initial application. Applicants should also send a writing sample. All application materials should be submitted electronically to the following recipients:Positions #1–#2 - Andrea Zukowski; zukowski@umd.edu. Put 'Baggett Fellowship' in the subject line.Position #3 - Colin Phillips; colin@umd.edu. Put 'Research Assistantship' in the subject line.The Department of Linguistics has shared facilities for testing of infants, children and adults, eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility, as part of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. The department is part of a vibrant language science community under the umbrella of the Maryland Language Science Center (http://languagescience.umd.edu) that numbers 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate students across 17 academic units. The Language Science Center coordinates many interdisciplinary projects, including a research field station in Guatemala, and partnerships with school districts and various (inter)national organizations.[...]



Postdoctoral position at Center for Language Science, Pennsylvania State University

2018-04-09T07:25:33.013-07:00

The Center for Language Science (CLS) at The Pennsylvania State University (http://cls.psu.edu) invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The CLS is home to a cross-disciplinary research program that includes the NSF training program, ‘Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments’ that was awarded to The Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Riverside. The program provides training in translational research on language learning and bilingualism that includes an international perspective and that exploits opportunities for collaborative research conducted with one of our international partner sites in the UK (Edinburgh), Spain (Granada), Poland (Kraków), The Netherlands (Nijmegen and Groningen), Germany (Braunschweig), Colombia (Medellín), Brazil (Campinas), Mexico (Mexico City), and China (Hong Kong and Beijing) and in conjunction with our domestic partner sites at Gallaudet University, Haskins Laboratories, the University of South Carolina, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Puerto Rico. This research focuses primarily on the themes of language learning across the lifespan, the role of instructional approaches for successful language learning, and the role of diverse social environments for language learning.We welcome applications from candidates with preparation in any of the disciplines that contribute to our program and with experience in translational research (e.g., outreach activities in schools and other learning contexts where the research conducted by PIRE faculty is relevant). The successful candidate will benefit from a highly interactive group of faculty whose interests include bilingual language processing, language acquisition in children and adults, language contact, and aging, among other topics. Applicants with interests in these topics and with an interest in extending their expertise within experimental psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience are particularly welcome to apply. There is no expectation that applicants will have had prior experience in research on bilingualism but we expect candidates to make a commitment to gain expertise in research on bilingualism using research methods from among the techniques represented by our groups. Questions about faculty research interests may be directed to relevant core training faculty: Psychology: Michele Diaz, Ping Li, Janet van Hell, and Dan Weiss; Spanish: Rena Torres Cacoullos, Matt Carlson, Giuli Dussias, John Lipski, and Karen Miller; Communication Sciences and Disorders: Carol Miller and Chaleece Sandberg; German: Carrie Jackson, Mike Putnam, Richard Page, and Katharina Schuhmann; French: Lisa Reed. Administrative questions can be directed to the Chair of the search committee, pdussias@psu.edu. More information about the Center for Language Science (CLS), the PIRE program, and faculty research programs can be found at http://cls.psu.edu or http://pire.la.psu.edu. The appointment will be for one year, with a start date of August 1, 2018. Salary will follow NSF/NIH guidelines. The PIRE funding requires that we restrict the search to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. Applicants should upload a CV, several reprints or preprints, and a statement of research interests. This statement should indicate two or more core faculty members as likely primary and secondary mentors, and should describe the candidate’s goals for research and translational training during a postdoctoral position, including previous experience and directions in which the candidate would like to develop his/her expertise in the language science of bilingualism. Additionally, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately to Maryam Sinawa at sinawa@psu.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must have complet[...]



3-year postdoc position available in the O-Lab at Duke University

2018-03-03T14:41:47.668-08:00

We are looking for a highly motivated young scientist to join the O-Lab, led by Prof. Tobias Overath, in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University. Work in our lab investigates how sounds, from simple sinusoids to complex speech signals, are processed in the human brain, using a combination of behavioral (psychoacoustics) and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG, ECoG) to track the underlying neural processes. Current projects investigate the transformation from acoustic to linguistic analysis of temporal speech structure, online measures of statistical learning, and optimization of cochlear implant coding strategies.Postdoc applicants should have completed a graduate degree in auditory neuroscience (broadly construed) or a related field, ideally using neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, M/EEG, ECoG). Strong computational skills are essential (Matlab, Python), as are good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a research team. Interested candidates should have established a track record of publications from their graduate studies and demonstrated the motivation to pursue a successful career in science and academia.Duke University provides a vibrant, highly connected scientific environment, with many relevant departments and interdisciplinary initiatives (e.g. Departments of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Brain Imaging and Analysis Center). In addition, the Research Triangle area (Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh) boasts a wealth of research initiatives.Prospective start date is August or September, 2018. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Interested candidates should contact Tobias Overath (t.overath@duke.edu).[...]



Post-doc at USC: University of South Carolina, Columbia

2018-02-21T14:55:18.262-08:00


A post-doctoral position is available in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC, USA). Prospective hires will join a research team headed by Julius Fridriksson (www.sc.edu/comd/fridriks) as part of the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), which is funded by a P50 grant from the NIH. The primary research focus of the lab is as follows: 1) neural basis of speech/language processing with special emphasis on brain plasticity; 2) neurophysiology of aphasia recovery; and 3) predicting aphasia recovery from neural, biographical and cognitive-linguistic variables. This research relies on a range of MR methodologies, including lesion-symptom mapping, task fMRI, resting state fMRI connectivity and structural connectivity. The University of South Carolina has a Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner that is primarily devoted to research and we also have access to a state-of-the-art transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation setups. Columbia is centrally located in South Carolina, within a two-hour drive to the beach and the mountains. The weather in Columbia is marked by “Southern” Summers, and a mild Autumn, Winter, and Spring. The salary level for this position is very competitive but will be commensurate with experience and previous scholarship. The ideal applicant for the position will work as a part of a research team as well as have the chance to initiate and carry out independent projects. If interested, please contact Julius Fridriksson at fridriks@mailbox.sc.edu(image)



Workshop on Predictive Processing (WoPP) San Sebastian (Spain) on June 20-22, 2018.

2018-02-21T07:55:08.988-08:00

We are happy to announce the new discussion arena fully centred on predictive processing. The Workshop on Predictive Processing (WoPP) will take place in San Sebastian (Spain) on June 20-22, 2018. The goal of the workshop is to address the role of predictive processing in cognition. Some of the crucial issues in this timely research topic are the extent to which prediction is a fundamental mechanism of brain function, the role of prediction in learning, and, how predictive processing is expressed across distinct cognitive domains. This workshop will gather experts from different fields in cognitive neuroscience including sensory processing, attention and memory, to work alongside the community of language processing, with the aim of furthering our understanding of the role of predictive processing in cognition.The conference will include keynote speakers, regular talks, symposiums and poster sessions. Keynote speakers will be the main sources of discussion: Sophie Scott, University College LondonMoshe Bar, Bar-Ilan UniversityPascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) Each keynote will be followed by a symposium on a related topic. Each symposium will be co-organized by two experts in the field, and will last 2 hours.Symposium organizers are Gina Kuperberg, Matt Davis, Craig Richter, Julien Vezoli, Lucia Amoruso and Ruth De Diego Balaguer. For further information please visit: http://www.bcbl.eu/events/prediction-2018/en/  We look forward to seeing you at the conference. Yours sincerely, The Organizing CommitteeManuel Carreiras, Clara Martin, Nicola Molinaro & David Soto [...]



WoRLD: Workshop on Reading, Language and Deafness to be held in San Sebastián, Spain,

2018-02-21T07:54:11.200-08:00

The Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (www.bcbl.eu) is pleased to announce WoRLD: Workshop on Reading, Language and Deafness to be held in San Sebastián, Spain, from Thursday, October 18th to Saturday, October 20th 2018. Abstract submission is now open until 15th May, 2018. And registration will be availabe from 5th of March onwards.This workshop aims to bring together experts and researchers on the neurocognition of language in deaf individuals and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between scientists and stakeholders. The topics of the workshop include language processing and development in the context of deafness, and will cover sign language and spoken language in oral and written form.The workshop program will include invited speakers, regular talks, panel discussions, and poster sessions. The workshop language is English; International Sign interpretation will be provided if required.Keynote speakersDavid Corina – University of California, Davis, USA.Karen Emmorey – University of California, San Diego, USA.Mairéad MacSweeney – University College London, United Kingdom.Anu Sharma – University of Colorado Boulder, USA.Bencie Woll – University College London, United Kingdom.Christine Yoshinago-Itano – University of Colorado Boulder, USA.For further information please visit http://www.bcbl.eu/events/world2018The scientific part of the workshop (18th-19th October) will be followed by a one-day event on Saturday 20thOctober to provide a meeting space for researchers and stakeholders, including deaf individuals, educators, practitioners, and parents. For more information about this event please visit http://www.bcbl.eu/events/worldpractice2018We look forward to seeing you at the conference.Yours sincerely,The Organizing CommitteeManuel Carreiras, Brendan Costello & Marcel Giezen[...]



PhD and postdoctoral positions - Investigating sensory aspects of human communication

2018-02-07T07:36:10.836-08:00

Several researcher positions (Postdocs and PhD students) are available at the Human Communication Research Group, led by Katharina von Kriegstein. The group is currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany (MPI CBS; http://www.cbs.mpg.de/independent-research-groups/human-communication ) and will transfer to the Psychology Faculty of the TU Dresden, Germany, in 2018.The positions are funded by the ERC consolidator grant SENSOCOM. The aim of the SENSOCOM project is to investigate the role of auditory and visual subcortical sensory structures in analysing human communication signals and to specify how their dysfunction contributes to human communication disorders such as developmental dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders. For examples of our work on these topics see von Kriegstein et al., 2008 Current Biology, Diaz et al., 2012 PNAS; Müller-Axt et al., 2017 Current Biology. The projects include experiments using cognitive neuroscience methods to understand the basic mechanisms of cortico-subcortical interactions as well as development of training programmes that are aimed at creating behavioural intervention programmes for communication deficits (for a brief description see http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/199655_en.html ).The positions will be based at the TU Dresden. Research will be performed at the Neuroimaging Centre at the TU Dresden ( http://www.nic-tud.de) and MPI CBS in Leipzig. The centres offer cutting-edge infrastructure with 3-Tesla MRI, 7-Tesla MRI, a Connectom scanner, MRI compatible eye-tracking, several EEG systems, 306-channel MEG, neurostimulation units including neuronavigaton, TMS and tDCS devices. Besides an excellent infrastructure, the centres offer an international and friendly environment with researchers from diverse backgrounds. All experimental facilities are supported by experienced physics and IT staff. For analyses with high computational demands, there is access to high-performance computing clusters.Candidates should have a strong interest in perceptual aspects of human communication and experience with experimental methods of cognitive neuroscience, such as psychophysics, functional or structural MRI, TMS, diffusion-weighted imaging, brainstem recordings or EEG/MEG. Experience with clinical populations (e.g. developmental dyslexia) would be an asset but is not essential. PhD student candidates must have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience, clinical linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, biology, or a related field. Postdoc candidates must have a PhD in similar fields and should be able to demonstrate a consistently outstanding academic record, including publications.The position starting date is flexible. Initially for two (postdocs) or three (PhD) years, the positions offer the possibility of an extension. Remuneration depends on experience and is based on regulations of the Max Planck Society payscale. MPI CBS is an equal opportunities employer, committed to the advancement of individuals without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender, or disability. PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in the TU Dresden graduate academy (https://tu-dresden.de/ga?set_language=en). TU Dresden is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence and offers an interdisciplinary scientific environment.To apply, please submit a CV, contact information of two references, a brief personal statement describing your qualifications and future research interests, copies of up to two of your publications. Please submit your application via our online system at https://tinyurl.com/yck4em3s (using subject heading “ERC 01/18”). The deadline for application submission is 15th February 2018. Contact for informal enquiries regarding the post: Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein (katharina.von_kriegst[...]



RESEARCH FELLOW POSITION at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language

2018-02-06T15:17:39.461-08:00

RESEARCH FELLOW POSITION at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers research fellow positions in three main broad areas or research: (1)-Language, reading and developmental disorders: How language acquisition, comprehension, production, and reading take place in the human brain. Special attention will be paid to language disorders and the development of computerized tools for their early diagnosis and treatment.(2)-Multilingualism and second language learning: The cognitive and brain mechanisms of language acquisition and processing in a second language, taking into consideration the age of acquisition, proficiency and usage. Special attention will be paid to multilingualism within the school system and to the development of new educational technologies for second language learning.(3)- Neurodegeneration, brain damage and healthy aging: Language and Cognition: Early cognitive and brain markers related to language for neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson); neural plasticity and language functions through brain stimulation in the awake patient during surgical brain operations; developing of computerized diagnostic and training tools for aphasic patients and neurodegenerative diseases.The Center promotes a rich research environment without substantial teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs.  There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, computational modelers, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI/MEG expertise. These five year Fellowships are directed to promising young researchers; they are intended to offer a track towards a PI role and independent research. The selected Fellows should be able to acquire the necessary skills for a research leader role. Ikerbasque is committed to offer a long-term career to the research community: Fellows in their 5th year can be assessed for a permanent position. The applicants must have their PhD completed between 1/1/2007 and 31/12/2015. Applications from women are especially welcomed. The eligibility period will be extended under special circumstances such as maternity. To submit your application please follow this link: https://calls.ikerbasque.net/Deadline: March 15th, 2018.For further information about the fellowships, please contact the Director of BCBL, Manuel Carreiras (info@bcbl.eu)[...]



Lab Coordinator position Temple University

2018-02-05T06:43:16.280-08:00

The RISC Lab is seeking a new Lab Coordinator!Lab Coordinator: Research in Spatial CognitionThe Research in Spatial Cognition Laboratory at Temple University is hiring a laboratory coordinator, a position presenting diverse opportunities to participate in cutting-edge cognitive research. The Research in Spatial Cognition Lab, directed by Professors Thomas Shipley and Nora Newcombe, conducts research on spatial learning and cognition.The position has a 1-year minimum, with the possibility of extending to 2 years.Lab Coordinator duties may include:Management of day-to-day lab operationsRecruitment of study participantsStimuli design and creationData collection, coding, and analysisManagement of IRB protocolsResearch grants administration and accountingHiring, training and supervising of research assistantsLab Coordinators also have the opportunity to collaborate in research that will be presented at conferences and published in journals.Required qualifications:B.A. or B.S. in Psychology  or related fieldAt least 6 months experience working in a research settingPreferred qualifications:Computer skills and proficiency with MS OfficeExcellent interpersonal, leadership, writing, and organizational skillsAbility to interact with a diverse population of participantsProficiency with SPSSIf interested, please send a resume/CV and cover letter to Julia Erlanger, Program Coordinator (mskite@temple.edu). Please visit our website (sites.temple.edu/risc) for more information about the lab.For a PDF version of this advertisement, please click here.[...]



Pre- and post-doctoral research/programmer positions in MEG research at the Neuroscience of Language Lab in NYU Abu Dhabi (PIs Pylkkänen & Marantz)

2018-01-30T12:47:59.154-08:00

NeLLab is hiring! Come work with us in a wonderfully diverse environment in a cosmopolitan setting!Pre- and post-doctoral research/programmer positions in MEG research at the Neuroscience of Language Lab inNYU Abu Dhabi (PIs Pylkkänen& Marantz)The Neuroscience of Language Lab at NYU Abu Dhabi (http://www.psych.nyu.edu/nellab/) has openings for research scientists, which could be realized either as pre-doctoral RAships or as a post-doc. One position is specifically computational: it could be realized as a pure programmer position or as research position with a significant software development component. All positions are based in Abu Dhabi but involve regular travel to New York.A BA/BS, MA/MS or PhD in a cognitive science-related discipline (psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, etc.) or computer science is required. The hired person would ideally have experience with psycho- and neurolinguisticexperiments, a background in statistics and programming (especially Python and Matlab). A strong computational background and knowledge of Arabic are both big plusses.  The pre/post-doc's role will depend on the specific qualifications of the person hired, but will in all cases involve MEG research on structural and/or semantic aspects of language. In Abu Dhabi, salary and benefits, including travel and lodging, are quite generous. We are looking to start these position in summer 2018. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately. To apply, please email cover letter, CV and names of references to Liina Pylkkänen at liina.pylkkanen@nyu.eduand Alec Marantz at marantz@nyu.edu. [...]



Reply to Erich Jarvis by William Matchin

2018-01-10T09:30:10.878-08:00

More from William Matchin -- Reply to Erich Jarvis:At the most recent SfN, Erich Jarvis gave the opening presidential address on the functional neuroanatomy of language, which I commented on and critiqued in my recent blog post for Talking Brains (http://www.talkingbrains.org/2017/11/abstractness-innateness-and-modality.html). Erich has briefly responded to my writing on Twitter and suggested a debate. Few things could give me more pleasure than a productive debate on central issues concerning the nature of human language. The following is a response to his comments in the context of a more in-depth exploration of the issues under discussion regarding the phenotype of language (both cognitive/behavioral and neurological) and its evolution. In general, I believe that we have far more points of agreement than disagreement, although I believe there remain fundamental divides, not least of which is the nature of sign language and its connection to spoken language, which I believe reveals the essential essence of language itself. Erich’s comments, and his quotation of my words, are in bold.EJ: Dear William. I did some holiday reading of your #SfN17 blog. You said you like a debate. In this series of tweets I challenge a number of your claims as misguided in a manner I have commonly seen in linguistics. But I support your effort in summarizing the major language talks. Some of your comments about my #SfN17 presidential talk indicate that you did not correctly hear what I said, and thus made some incorrect statements about what I said. I will correct them.While I consider myself a linguist, my degrees and primary training are in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. I don’t think our disagreements stem from the distinction between the fields of linguistics and neuroscience but rather how to characterize the human language phenotype in comparison to the cognitive systems found in other animals.WM: central question Erich Jarvis addressed...was whether human language is an elaborate form of vocal learning seen in other animals or ...a horse of a different colorEJ: No, I said vocal learning is 1 component of spoken-language, & yes more elaborate in humans.WM: Jarvis is an expert of the biology of birdsong, & he argued that human language is continuous with vocal learning in non-human organisms...EJ: I argued that vocal learning is itself a continuous trait, that contributes to spoken language. I didn't arguing they're the sameBoth of us agree that language has multiple interacting components, many of which are shared with other animals. I think Erich’s work on this topic is extremely helpful for understanding the function of certain neural language circuits in humans (more on this below). Our agreement goes further than this in that we agree that language-specific biological components of language are minimal. In this respect, the perspectives of Chomsky and colleagues (e.g. Hauser, Chomsky & Fitch, 2002; Berwick & Chomsky, 2015; Bolhuis et al., 2014), myself, and Erich and his colleagues are fundamentally aligned. The disagreement concerns which capacities are language-specific (if any) and the impact that these components have on the behavioral and cognitive lives of humans.It seems from Erich’s presentation and his published work that he asserts that vocal learning is the central component of human language. Consider this first line of the abstract of Erich’s 2004 review paper: “Vocal learning, the substrate for human language, is a rare trait…” [emphasis mine]. I take the phrase “the substrate for human language” to mean that it is a critical component of human language, a sine qua non. If Erich does not endorse this position, then we are closer to agreement – clarification on this point would [...]



Lesion-Symptom Mapping: A one day online workshop organized by C-STAR

2018-01-03T15:05:59.998-08:00

The Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR; https://cstar.sc.edu/) is organizing a one day online workshop on Lesion-Symptom-Mapping methods, Thursday January 25th, between 10am and 4pm Eastern Daylight Time (US East coast). Please join us online that day, for an exciting line-up of speakers!This focus of this workshop will be on the pressing issues in the methods of Lesion Symptom Mapping, rather than on new neurocognitive findings. To make this workshop as interactive as possible, invited speakers will present for up to 30 minutes, followed by 20 minutes for question time and discussion. Topics that we expect to be addressed are:Regressing out overall lesion volume from analyses.Overall lesion volume accounts for a large proportion of the variance in many behavioral measures. What is the most efficient and statistically appropriate way to take it into account, allowing us to still identify localized or network-based predictors of behavior?Correction for multiple comparisons.How do we determine the sweet spot between conservative correction methods and the avoidance of Type II errors?Combination of different imaging modalities in analyses.Many groups are now collecting multiple data types within patients, such as lesion, perfusion, fMRI, and connectivity data, yielding partly overlapping and partly complementary information on relations between brain damage and behavior. Should we evaluate these modalities simultaneously, and how can this be achieved?For questions and/or to be kept in the loop, please contact Dirk den Ouden (denouden@sc.edu). We will advertise the full program as well as the URL for joining the workshop in early January.[...]



BCBL - PhD positions - Programme INPhINIT "LaCaixa"

2017-12-05T07:14:29.667-08:00

With the aim of continuing to support the best scientific talent and fostering innovative, high quality research in Spain, ”la Caixa” Foundation is launching a new call for applications for the INPhINIT Fellowships Programme. The application deadline is February 1st, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Central European Time - CET). In this second call it will grant 57 3-year fellowships to talented researchers of any nationality to carry out a doctorate at top Spanish research centres accredited with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction and at Carlos III Health Research Institutes, in the disciplines of Bio and Health Sciences, Technology, Physics, Engineering and Mathematics. BCBL – Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language is a "Severo Ochoa" Centre and Host Institution in INPhINIT call, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research, training and knowledge transfer within the area of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. The projects on offer for this call are: Brain_Sign: Language circuits in sign language processing (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)  Deaf_Readers: Cortical circuits for reading in the deaf (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)  Laterality: Brain lateralization for language (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)  Presurgical: Presurgical mapping and brain plasticity linked to brain surgery (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)  Optimization in second language pronunciation (Supervisor: Dr. Clara Martin) The impact of literacy on speech perception (Supervisor: Dr. Clara Martin) Reading beyond the reading network: Hippocampal and thalamic contributions to reading (Supervisor: Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso) Functional and structural common neural basis of creativity across specific domains (Supervisor: Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso Neural modulation of self-representations in memory and language systems (Supervisor: Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso Impact of early language history on reading acquisition: A focus on bilingualism (Supervisor: Dr. Marie Lallier) Predictive timing and the sensorymotor integration (Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Molinaro) Timing in audiovisual speech integration: A neurophysiological assessment for language disorders (Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Molinaro) Development of physiologically-informed spatiotemporal deconvolution algorithms to investigate brain function with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)(Supervisor: Dr. Cesar Caballero)  Studying the dynamics of human brain function at rest with electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). (Supervisor: Dr. Cesar Caballero)  Deep learning algorithms to study human brain function with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (Supervisor: Dr. Cesar Caballero) Conditions:3-years contract Incorporation date: September and October of 2018. January 2019 under extraordinary circumstances. 34,800 euros per year including salary, employee social security contribution, income taxes and all compulsory employers’ contributions3,564 euros per year for research costs such as conferences and workshops attendance, short-stays, consumables and intellectual property costs, among others. ”la Caixa” Foundation will award a prize of 7,500 euros to be paid in the fourth year if the research fellow submits the thesis within 6 months subsequent to the end of the fellowship’s third year. Complementary training programme  Eligibility requirements:The INPhINIT programme will be open to Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) of all nation[...]



Post Doctoral Associate position, Boston University -- great opportunity with Jason Bohland

2017-12-04T07:55:52.697-08:00

The Quantitative Neuroscience Laboratory at Boston University (http://neurospeech.org; PI Jason Bohland) is seeking applications for a postdoctoral associate to carry out psychophysical, physiological, and computational studies, which aim to determine how speakers use auditory feedback to guide the sequential production of speech.  Full-time funding is currently available for a period of at least two years. There is a possibility of engaging in additional independent or collaborative research including computational and/or brain imaging studies.Requirements:·       PhD in neuroscience, speech science, biomedical or electrical engineering, or a related field·       Strong technical, mathematical, and computational skills·       Strong written and oral communication skills·       Programming experience using MATLAB, Python, or R·       Ability to investigate and solve problems relatively independentlyIdeal candidate would have:·       Experience conducting human subjects research·       Experience analyzing speech acoustics·       Experience with multivariate statistical approaches and/or machine learning·       Experience with Northern Digital Wave or other articulatory monitoring systems·       Experience with computational and/or neural network modeling·       Working knowledge of human brain functional anatomy including speech and language systemsInterested individuals should contact Dr. Bohland directly at jbohland@bu.edu and include a CV and a brief statement of interest and availability.[...]



Abstractness, innateness, and modality-independence of language: reflections on SNL & SfN 2017

2017-11-20T22:03:42.353-08:00

Guest post by former student, William Matchin: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++  It’s been almost 10 years since the Society for the Neurobiology of Language conference (SNL) began, and it is always one of my favorite events of the year, where I catch up with old friends and see and discuss much of the research that interests me in a compact form. This year’s meeting was no exception. The opening night talk about dolphin communication by Diana Reiss was fun and interesting, and the reception at the Baltimore aquarium was spectacular and well organized. I was impressed with the high quality of many of the talks and posters. This year’s conference was particularly interesting to me in terms of the major trending ideas that were circulating at the conference (particularly the keynote lectures by Yoshua Bengio & Edward Chang), so I thought I would write some of my impressions down and hear what others think. I also have some thoughts about Society for Neuroscience (SfN), in particular one keynote lecture: Erich Jarvis, who discussed the evolution of language, with the major claim that human language is continuous with vocal learning in non-human organisms. Paško Rakić, who gave a history of his research in neuroscience, also had an interesting comment on the tradeoff between empirical research and theoretical development and speculation, which I will also discuss briefly.The notions of abstractness, innateness, and modality-independence of language loomed large at both conferences; much of this post is devoted to these issues. The number of times that I heard a neuroscientist or computer scientist make a logical point that reminded me of Generative Grammar was shocking. In all, I had an awesome conference season, one that gives me great hope and anticipation for the future of our field, including much closer interaction between biologists & linguists. I encourage you to visit the Faculty of Language blog, which often discusses similar issues, mostly in the context of psychology and linguistics.1. Abstractness & combinatoriality in the brainMuch of the work at the conference this year touched on some very interesting topics, ones that linguists have been addressing for a long time. It seemed that for a while embodied cognition and the motor theory of speech perception were dominant topics, but now it seems as though the table has turned. There were many presentations showing how the brain processes information and converts raw sensory signals into abstract representations. For instance, Neal Fox presented ECoG data on a speech perception task, illustrating that particular electrodes in the superior temporal gyrus (STG) dynamically encode voice onset time as well as categorical voicing perception. Then there was Edward Chang’s talk. I should think that everyone at SNL this year would agree that his talk was masterful. He clearly illustrated how distinct locations in STG have responses to speech that are abstract and combinatorial. The results regarding prosody were quite novel to me, and nicely illustrate the abstract and combinatorial properties of the STG, so I shall review them briefly here.Prosodic contours can be dramatically different in frequency space for different speakers and utterances, yet they share an underlying abstract structure (for instance, rising question intonation at the end of a sentence). It appears that certain portions of the STG are selectively interested in particular prosodic contours independently of the particular sentence or speaker; i.e., they encode abstract prosodic information. How can a brain region encode information about prosodic contour indepe[...]



Postdoc, PhD, and Lab manager positions available in the O-Lab at Duke University

2017-11-13T12:39:44.057-08:00

Postdoc, PhD, and Lab manager positions available in the O-Lab at Duke University  We are looking for highly motivated scientists to join the O-Lab, led by Prof. Tobias Overath, in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. Work in our lab investigates how sounds, from simple sinusoids to complex speech signals, are processed in the human brain, using a combination of behavioral (psychoacoustics) and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG, ECoG) to track the underlying neural processes. Current projects investigate the transformation from acoustic to linguistic analysis of temporal speech structure, online measures of statistical learning, as well as optimization of cochlear implant coding strategies. We have job openings at various levels:Postdocs should have completed a graduate degree in auditory neuroscience (broadly construed) or a related field, ideally using neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, M/EEG, ECoG). Interested candidates should have established a track record of publications from their graduate studies and demonstrated the motivation to pursue a career in science. Graduate students should have received an undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related field; familiarity with signal processing, fMRI, M/EEG, and or related experimental techniques is a plus, as is advanced knowledge of at least one programming language (preferably Matlab). Admission is possible via the Psychology and Neuroscience graduate program, or via the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP). The application deadline is December 1, 2017! We are also looking for a Lab manager/Research Assistant. An ideal candidate will have received an undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related field, by summer 2018, and will have some familiarity with fMRI, EEG, and/or a related experimental technique. An interest in how the brain processes sound is a strong plus, as is excellent knowledge of at least one programming language (preferably Matlab). Duke University provides a vibrant, highly connected scientific environment, with many relevant departments and interdisciplinary initiatives (e.g. Departments of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Brain Imaging and Analysis Center). Interested candidates should contact Tobias Overath (t.overath@duke.edu). [...]



PhD position in the O-Lab at Duke University

2017-11-13T12:36:19.317-08:00

We are looking for a highly motivated young scientist to join the O-Lab, led by Prof. Tobias Overath, in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. Work in our lab investigates how sounds, from simple sinusoids to complex speech signals, are processed in the brain, using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG, ECoG) to track the underlying neural processes. Current projects investigate the transformation from acoustic to linguistic analysis of temporal speech structure, online measures of statistical learning, as well as optimization of cochlear implant coding strategies.Interested candidates should have received an undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related field by Summer 2018. Familiarity with signal processing, fMRI, M/EEG, or related experimental techniques is a plus, as is advanced knowledge of at least one programing language (preferably Matlab). Admission is possible via the Psychology and Neuroscience Graduate Program (https://psychandneuro.duke.edu/graduate), or via the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP, https://dibs.duke.edu/centers/ccn/graduate-cnap). The application deadline is December 1, 2017!Duke University provides a vibrant, highly connected scientific environment, with many associated departments and interdisciplinary initiatives (e.g. Departments of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering; the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, or the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center).Please contact Tobias Overath (t.overath@duke.edu) for further information.[...]



Carnegie Mellon University: Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Psychology Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) Positions in Psychology

2017-09-19T12:45:25.558-07:00

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.APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONSCompleted applications will begin to be reviewed immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. For more information: https://apply.interfolio.com/44867[...]



Like ECog? Like New York City? Cool new positions with Adeen Flinker at NYUMC

2017-09-14T09:13:36.761-07:00

NYU School of Medicine is looking for candidates for two post-doctoral positions in Human Electrocortigoraphy (ECoG) research. Both positions will be under the supervision of Dr. Adeen Flinker, investigating speech processing and cortical network dynamics.The research will be conducted at NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center working with a population of surgical patients undergoing treatment for refractory epilepsy. Research paradigms will be conducted in close collaboration with the clinical neurology team. The candidate will conduct neurophysiological research in patients implanted with intracranial electrodes (surface, depth, laminar, Utah arrays) and in intraoperative patients undergoing acute recording, stimulation or cooling.The ideal applicant must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering or a related field. Proficiency in oral and written English is mandatory. A solid background in programming, statistics and scientific writing is required. The candidate is expected to be autonomous and to have a track-record of peer-reviewed publication. Previous experience with human electrophysiology or machine learning will be an asset.One postdoctoral position is funded by a MURI grant investigating event segmentation and episodic memory. The candidate will have an opportunity to work closely with collaborators in Princeton (Dr. Hasson, Dr. Norman), Harvard (Dr. Gershman), UC Davis (Dr. Ranganath) and Washington University (Dr. Zacks).Interested individuals should send an email to adeen.flinker@nyumc.org, including a cover letter describing research experience and qualifications, academic CV, and contact information of referees.http://ecog.med.nyu.edu/positions-open/  [...]



Post doc and PhD candidate position at BCBL, San Sebastian, Spain

2017-09-01T08:13:22.299-07:00

Post-doctoral position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa) The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL; San Sebastián, Spain) offers a 2-year full-time post-doctoral position in cognitive neuroscience, with a possible renewal of 2 years. The research project will be on speech sound perception and reading acquisition. The post-doctoral fellow will have to implement phoneme perception behavioral tasks for young children and adults, and to perform mainly acoustic analyses. Applicants should have strong theoretical knowledge on phonetics and phonology and experience with acoustic measures. Additional expertise on language development and reading acquisition would be a plus.The BCBL Center (recently awarded the label of excellence Severo Ochoa) promotes a rich research environment without substantial teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla Siemens Prisma scanner, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eye-tracker, two eye-tracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs. The BCBL hosts excellent support staff and research personnel. Details of BCBL faculty research interests and research facilities can be found at http://ift.tt/21UUyx0. Informal inquiries about the post can be directed to Clara Martin, c.martin@bcbl.eu.Selection of candidates and interviews will be ongoing until November 1st, 2017. Please submit your application as soon as possible.To submit your application, please follow this link: http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for “Postdoc Speech&Reading 2017” and upload:A curriculum vitaeA statement outlining research interests (4000 characters maximum)The names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of recommendationFunded PHD candidate position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)Applications are invited for a 4-year full-time PhD Studentship in cognitive neuroscience at the Basque Center on Brain Cognition and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian (Spain) to study the development of metacognition in connection with executive and language control processes in the human brain. Applicants should have an honours and a Masters degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computer science, or Neuroscience and have a strong interest in the key areas of  cognitive neuroscience that are relevant for the research, coupled with strong computational skills (e.g., Python, Matlab). Experience with state-of-the art neuroscientific techniques (e.g., MRI) is highly desirable as well as to demonstrate an ability to work with pediatric and adult samples. Both excellent communication skills and command of the Spanish language is a requirement. The student will receive a stipend of 16.000 € during the first 2 years and 18.000 € during the last 2 years. Despite the fact that the position is for 4 years, it is expected that the elected candidate will apply for predoctoral grants from national and local funding agencies.The BCBL research facilities include a 3T Siemens Prisma MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab, and several well-equipped behavioral labs including eye trackers and a computing cluster. There are also excellent technical support tea[...]



Tenure-track Assistant Professor with Neuroscience/Neuroimaging Emphasis Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University

2017-08-31T06:51:26.719-07:00

Tenure-track Assistant Professor with Neuroscience/Neuroimaging Emphasis Department of Psychological SciencesCollege of Health and Human SciencesPurdue University The Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning in the Fall of 2018. The position is at the Assistant Professor rank, although the search committee will consider both newly graduating PhDs as well as current Assistant Professors.We are interested principally in candidates who can contribute neuroscience expertise to more than one of the 6 graduate training areas that make up Psychological Sciences at Purdue: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Mathematical and Computational Cognitive Science, and Social Psychology. Particularly welcome is research that bridges these graduate training areas using neuroimaging, and complements the growing neuroscience strengths among our faculty, with broad innovative and integrative themes (e.g., social, cognitive, affective, or clinical neuroscience). The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in Psychology or related Neuroscience field, a strong publication record, a research program with likelihood of external funding, and a record of teaching and mentoring excellence. Responsibilities will include maintaining a productive research program, directing graduate student research, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. The Purdue MRI facility is home to 3 on-campus MRI scanners, including a new 3T Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma scanner dedicated to meeting the needs of neuroscience and psychological science research on campus. This scanner is used amongst others for longitudinal studies, studies benefitting from the existing high gradient system or the 64- channel head coil for ultra-fast and high-resolution imaging, or for studies benefitting from the synchronized physiological monitoring and triggering for fMRI. An MRI Physicist is available to help with protocol development and optimization, and a part-time MR Technologist is available to help with professional data acquisition.Purdue also recently inaugurated the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience (PIIN; http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/pillars/integrative-neuroscience-center/), which includes faculty spanning 25 departments across six colleges. PIIN serves as an umbrella for research centers such as the Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation (CEREBBRAL; https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/cerebbral/index.html), a center started within the College of Health and Human Sciences as an Area of Research Excellence, to answer questions about how to improve quality of life, not just extend it, and how to predict disease- and aging-related declines in highly variable populations.Application review will begin October 1, 2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, up to 4 papers, and research and teaching statements in PDF format via email to neurosearch@purdue.edu. In addition, please arrange to have at least 3 letters of reference forwarded to the same email address. Purdue’s Department of Psychological Sciences is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Please address at least one of these areas in your cover letter, indicating your past experiences, c[...]



"la Caixa" Foundation postdoctoral fellowships programme

2017-08-30T08:10:44.841-07:00

”la Caixa” Foundation is launching a postdoctoral fellowships programme.There are people who, thanks to their hard work and dedication, are destined to achieve great things in life. People like you that place all your talent at the service of others every day and are a great inspiration to society.Now, so that you can reach your full potential and acquire the training that will position you as a leader, the ”la Caixa” Foundation Junior Leader fellowships programme has been created.30 postdoctoral fellowships at Universities and Research Centres of Spain: Junior Leader Incoming: 20 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities that must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the last 3 years to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence. Junior Leader Retaining: 10 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities that must have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the last 3 years to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain.A new programme to promote research and knowledge in Spain, so that you can continue to advance and improve the outlook of future generations.BCBL – Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language is a "Severo Ochoa" Centre dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research, training and knowledge transfer within the area of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language and is a potential Host Institution for this call. For further information: www.juniorleaderlacaixa.org[...]



Senior Research Associate job, Univ of East Anglia

2017-08-25T12:48:23.449-07:00

Senior Research AssociateUniversity of East Anglia - School of Psychology - Faculty of Social SciencesLocation:NorwichSalary:£32,548 to £38,833 per annumHours:Full TimeContract Type:Fixed-Term/ContractPlaced on:21st August 2017Closes:18th September 2017Job Ref:RA1434Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term) (RA1434)The University of East Anglia has some of the most innovative and highly regarded centres for research in the UK. Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate in the School of Psychology. The aim of the project is to understand the influence of early sensory experience on the organisation of cognitive processes in the human brain. To this aim, the project will investigate cortical plasticity as a consequence of early or congenital deafness using functional neuroimaging techniquesThe successful applicant will be involved in the design and implementation of fMRI studies, data acquisition and analysis, preparation of results for publication, and preparation of data for preservation and sharing. They will be supported at all times to further develop their career and skills, encouraging them to take the initiative in development of research projects, present results to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and acquire new research-related and transferable skills, such as the knowledge of British Sign Language.Applicants should hold or expect shortly to hold a PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedicine, Computer Science or a related discipline or equivalent qualification and be able to satisfy all the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.The post is available from 1 November 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter on a full-time, fixed term contract to 31 July 2020.The post is subject to a criminal records check at enhanced level from the Disclosure and Barring Service.The University is a Bronze Athena Swan Award holder, currently working towards Silver.[...]



Bilingual Matters conference on multilingualism, UC Riverside

2017-08-25T12:43:32.518-07:00

On October 5, 2017,  the University of California, Riverside, will launch a new branch of Bilingualism Matters (http://ideasandsociety.ucr.edu/event/bilingualism-workshop/).   Bilingualism Matters (http://www.bilingualism-matters.ppls.ed.ac.uk/) was founded in 2008 by Professor Antonella Sorace at the University of Edinburgh to bridge the emerging research on bilingualism with the experience of bilingualism in the community.  In the almost ten years since its founding, there are now 18 branches, including two in the US.  Our new branch at UCR will be the third in the US and the first on the West Coast.  We hope to engage researchers and community members across Southern California to develop a network that connects research on multilingualism to the local communities in which speaking more than one language is a typical feature of life and work. To celebrate the launch of Bilingualism Matters at UCR, we are hosting a conference of multilingualism researchers in Southern California:http://ideasandsociety.ucr.edu/conferences/bilingualism/The conference is free and open to the public but we ask that you register if you anticipate attending on October 6:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bilingualism-matters-conference-tickets-37107679067We also invite you and your students to submit posters for presentation on October 6.  We will accept the first 30 poster submissions.  Guidelines for poster dimensions will be available by September 1.   We welcome posters that report research findings and also posters that describe community programs.  Poster titles and brief abstracts  (no more than 150 words) can be sent to Judith Kroll:  judith.kroll@ucr.edu.We thank the Center for Ideas and Society at UCR, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the Departments of Psychology, Hispanic Studies, and Comparative Literatures and Languages for their generous support to enable Bilingualism Matters at UCR.Again, each of these events is free and open to the public.  We ask only that you register if you plan to attend the conference on Friday, October 6.  Please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested and close enough to join us.We look forward to welcoming you to UCR!Best wishes,Judith Kroll and Cova Lamar-Prieto, Co-directors, Bilingualism Matters at UCRChristine Chiarello, Elizabeth Davis, Hyejin Nah, and Vrinda Chidambaram, Bilingualism Matters Advisory Committee[...]