Thursday, October 10, 2019

Research, PhD, & Postdoc opportunities at MPI for Psycholing with Dr. Andrea Martin

Language and Computation in Neural Systems Group, led by Dr. Andrea E. Martin, has post-doc, PhD, and technician positions available. The newly formed PI group based at theMax Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging investigates the representation and processing of language from theory-driven perspective that is informed by advanced techniques in computational cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience. More information about us and the questions we work on can be found at: www.andreaemartin.com and www.mpi.nl.
Contacts: ina.grevel@mpi.nl (secretary to Dr. A. E. Martin) or andrea.martin@mpi.nl

Research technician; deadline 30/10

PhD student; deadline 30/10

Postdoc; deadline 30/10

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research-funded VIDI Postdoc; deadline 27/10

Early announcement: 15 PhD contracts to open in 2020 in the framework of the COBRA (Conversational Brains) European project

COBRA is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 programme. It aims to train early-stage researchers to accurately characterize and model the linguistic, cognitive and brain mechanisms that allow conversation to unfold in both human-human and human-machine interactions.

The network comprises ten academic research centers on language, cognition and the human brain,  and four industrial partners in web-based speech technology, conversational agents and social robots, in ten countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong).

The partners’ combined expertise and high complementarity will allow COBRA to offer early-stage researchers an excellent training programme as well as very strong exposure to the non-academic sector.

A call for applications will be launched in 2020 for 15 three-year contracts offered to early-stage researchers wishing to enroll as PhD students in the framework of the project.

More information on: http://www.conversationalbrains.eu/, @CobraNetwork


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow -- The NEURAL (NEURoscience of Adult Language) Research Lab at Indiana University Bloomington

The NEURAL (NEURoscience of Adult Language) Research Lab at Indiana University Bloomington is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to begin in spring or summer 2020, working with Dr. Brielle Stark.  The position is open for an initial 1-year, with an option to renew dependent on performance and funding.

Research in the lab focuses on understanding brain-behavior relationships in neurogenic communication disorders, largely post-stroke aphasia. We are most interested in understanding processes related to language production. We have a Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner and an EEG suite as part of our Imaging Research Facility, which is shared between collaborative IU faculty. There is the opportunity to collect new data related to their interest, and also to work on data that has already been collected in post-stroke chronic aphasia and in age-matched older adults. We will shortly be moving to a brand new facility attached to a hospital just north of campus and will additionally have a lab space on main IU campus.

This postdoc’s responsibilities will include data collection, data management, data analysis and writing of papers. There is a heavy emphasis on neuroimaging and behavior data analysis and publication. As such, the ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about a career in science/medicine, self-motivated, independent, productive, and have an interest in speech/language neuroscience. We are a close-knit lab comprised of undergraduates, MA and PhD students and are looking for someone who has strong interpersonal skills and a team attitude. Candidates must have a related PhD degree (e.g. Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering, Biology, Communication Sciences, etc.), experience with programming in Matlab and/or Python and strong statistical skills. Additional experience may include analyzing discourse samples (e.g. CHAT/CLAN, PRAAT, SALT). Experience with aphasia is helpful but not required.

Indiana University is an excellent and interdisciplinary research environment. Dr. Stark is part of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and is also core faculty in the Program in Neuroscience. IU is home to the Imaging Research Facility, Network Institute, and Program in Cognitive Science. Additionally, Bloomington is a lovely place to live. It is a small-town (80,000 residents) that boasts great art, food and nature. It is the epitome of a college town, full of good-natured Midwesterners.  

Please see the lab website for more information: www.neuralresearchlab.com. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants can send a CV, a brief statement of interest and a relevant paper to demonstrate writing skills to: bcstark@iu.edu.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

PhD in Language Science at UC Irvine!

The Department of Language Science at the University of California, Irvine, invites applications for Fall, 2020, for a new language science doctoral program (https://grad.uci.edu/academics/degree-programs/phd/LanguageSciencePHD.php). UCI is located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego, and just minutes from the ocean. We are a Department of Language Science that merges the cross-disciplinarity of linguistics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience with a focus on computational and experimental studies of language development, semantics and pragmatics, syntax, speech, and bilingualism.  As the first of its kind in the country, our program provides a new approach to the science of language, enabling exciting opportunities for deep collaboration and cutting edge cross-fertilization.  Our aim is to prepare students to be at the forefront of change in the field, empowering them to be the future leaders driving innovation. Our faculty bring expertise in innovative technologies for quantitative, neuroscientific, and behavioral approaches to language science. Graduate training incorporates curricular flexibility, development of technical communication skills, and prioritization of research early in the graduate career. We welcome applications from students who wish to develop cross-disciplinary collaborations across different faculty research programs.
We encourage prospective students to contact faculty for specific information about their labs or Judith Kroll (judith.kroll@uci.edu), graduate director, for more general information about the program.  The deadline for applications is December 1, 2019.

The core language science faculty include: 
Richard Futrell (rfutrell@uci.edu): linguistics, natural language processing, Bayesian modeling, information theory
Gregory Hickok (greg.hickok@uci.edu): neuroanatomy of language, neural plasticity, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience
Judith Kroll (judith.kroll@uci.edu): bilingualism, cognition, language processing, cognitive neuroscience 
Virginia Mann (vmann@uci.edu): reading ability, speech perception
Lisa Pearl (lpearl@uci.edu): language development, linguistics, computational sociolinguistics, cognitive modeling
Gregory Scontras (gscontra@uci.edu): formal semantics, computational and experimental studies of meaning, heritage languages
Affiliated language science faculty include:
Alyssa Brewer (aabrewer@uci.edu): neuroimaging of visual perception, visual deficits, neurological disorders
Carol Connor (ConnorCM@UCI.edu)reading comprehension, executive function, behavioral regulation development, technology & assessment
Brandy Gatlin (gatlinb@uci.edu)language, reading, writing, cultural and linguistic diversity, measurement and assessment, instruction
Glenn Levine (glevine@uci.edu): applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, foreign language pedagogy, German-Jewish literature, Yiddish language and literature
Elizabeth Peña (edpena@uci.edu)bilingualism, language impairment, language development, assessment bias and measurement
Sameer Singh (sameer@uci.edu)large-scale machine learning, information extraction, natural language processing, probabilistic programming, interactive machine learning, distributed & parallel inference, semi-supervised learning
Julio Torres (torresju@uci.edu)heritage and second language acquisition, bilingualism, cognition, task-based language learning, curriculum & instruction
Kai Wehmeier (wehmeier@uci.edu)logic, philosophy of logic and language, early analytic philosophy, philosophy of mathematics

Emeritus Faculty
Bernard Tranel (bhtranel@uci.edu): linguistic theory, phonology, phonetics, morphology, Optimality Theory, Romance languages, French linguistics, tone languages, Margi, Mixtec




Thursday, August 29, 2019

Two Postdoctoral Researchers for the Language in Interaction Research Consortium

Two Postdoctoral Researchers for the Language in Interaction Research Consortium

Application deadline: September 22, 2019, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone

Please find descriptions of the available positions below.
 
Interested?
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Big Question 5

Scientific summary
The efficiency and flexibility with which we infer (or generate) meaning during language comprehension (or production) is remarkable. How does our brain do it? To move beyond the many extant attempts to address this big quest, we will treat linguistic inference as an advanced solution to the multi-step, sequential choice problems that we have long faced in other cognitive domains (e.g. chess, foraging and spatial navigation). Specifically, we will make unique progress in unraveling the mechanisms of fast, flexible linguistic inference by leveraging recent advances in our understanding of the representations and computations necessary for sequential action planning. This approach will also lead us to revise current dual-system dogma’s in non-linguistic domains, that have commonly over-focused on the contrast between a cognitive (flexible, but slow) and a habitual (fast, but inflexible) system. The current quest will encourage the integration of so-called ‘cognitive habits’ and their associated cognitive map-related neural mechanisms into theoretical models of both linguistic and nonlinguistic inference.

Postdoc Position 1

“Electrophysiology of perceptual inference for language and planning”

Description
This sub-project functions within BQ5 via the combination of behavioural experimental psychology, magnetoencephalography (MEG), and advanced data analysis techniques in order to study the neural transformations that underlie structure generation in language and in action planning. In addition to designing, and executing your own experiments, you will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the highly interdisciplinary Big Question 5 team and quite closely with the computational modelling sub-project 3 of BQ5.
Requirements
You are a creative and academically well-trained individual as evidenced by high-quality publications in top-ranked scientific journals. You should have obtained or are close to obtaining a PhD degree (or equivalent) in the language sciences, cognitive neuroscience, computational cognitive neuroscience, computer science, or psychology. A strong background in M/EEG is necessary. Good programming skills (Matlab, R, or Python), and prior experience with advanced analyses of neural data are required. You should have active interest in complex human cognitive functions, such as language and conceptual reasoning, and in bridging experimental and theoretical approaches. Previous experience with multidisciplinary research is desirable and a collaborative, open attitude with well-developed communication skills, and a team-science interdisciplinary spirit are necessary.
Applications from excellent candidates with a less than ideal profile will be equally considered.
Embedding and Terms of employmentThis position will be held at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The position will be embedded in, and enriched by contact with, the research groups of Andrea Martin and Saskia Haegens.
Contact information
Dr. Andrea Martin, Dr. Saskia Haegens, and Dr. Ashley Lewis

Postdoc Position 2

“Theory and computational modelling of perceptual inference in language and action planning”

Description
This sub-project functions within BQ5 to develop a formal theory and implement in a computational model with the goal of understanding the neural transformations that underlie structure generation in language and in action planning. A strong emphasis will be placed on operationalizing and formalizing the research questions of BQ5 into an overarching theoretical framework. In addition to your designing and implementing computational models to run your own simulations, you will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the highly interdisciplinary Big Question 5 team and quite closely with the electrophysiology sub-project 2 of BQ5.
Requirements
You are a creative and academically well-trained individual as evidenced by high-quality publications in top-ranked scientific journals. You should have obtained or are close to obtaining a PhD degree (or equivalent) in cognitive science, computer science, formal linguistics, mathematics, mathematical psychology, or computational cognitive neuroscience. A strong background in logic and rhetoric, and in theoretical work, is necessary. Experience with contemporary and traditional neural network modelling is highly desirable. Good programming skills (e.g., C, Python), and prior experience with computational modelling or formal models is required. You should have active interest in complex human cognitive functions, such as language, conceptual reasoning, artificial intelligence, computational cognitive neuroscience, and in bridging experimental and theoretical approaches via formalization. Previous experience with multidisciplinary research is desirable and a collaborative, open attitude with well-developed communication skills and a team-science interdisciplinary spirit are necessary.
Applications from excellent candidates with a less than ideal profile will be equally considered.
Embedding and Terms of employment
This position will be held at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The position will be embedded in, and enriched by contact with, the research groups of Andrea Martin and Iris van Rooij.
Contact Information
Dr. Andrea Martin and Dr. Iris van Rooij

Interested?

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Professorship to run MEG Center in Frankfurt


The Medical Faculty of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Brain Imaging Center, invites applications for the following position as public employee, starting at the next possible date:

Professorship (W2) for Magnetoencephalography

The successful candidate is expected to represent this subject in research and teaching. The holder of the position will be the scientific head of the Magnetoencephalography Unit (275-channel CTF MEG system) at the Brain Imaging Center (BIC). The BIC pursues research on the structure and function of the human brain. It is based on a cooperation between the Goethe University, the Max Planck Institute of Empirical Aesthetics, and the Ernst Strüngmann Institute.

The professorship will strengthen the MEG-related scientific focus of the BIC. Prerequisite for the application is a university degree, doctorate and habilitation or proof of equivalent scientific achievements. The candidate is expected to have an excellent scientific record with international publications and successful acquisition of grants in the field of magnetoencephalography. The applicant is required to cooperate with and support the research of the other member institutions of the BIC, and further neuroscientific research groups located at the university or other research centers. Participation in general duties, as well as in university academic self-administration, is expected.

The salary for the position is based on “W2” on the German university scale, including performance bonuses that are object of negotiation. Goethe University is committed to increasing the proportion of female faculty and therefore especially encourages women to apply. Applications of scientists from abroad are explicitly requested. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments, please see: www.vakante-professuren.uni-frankfurt.de

Researchers with an excellent record in research and teaching are invited to submit their application in English or German according to the guidelines of the Faculty of Medicine at Goethe University (preferably as a single PDF document, including a CV, publication list, information on third party funding, a list of teaching activities and a framework for future research at Goethe University Frankfurt) until 23 September 2019 to the Dean of the Medical Faculty, Goethe University Frankfurt, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt am Main or via e-mail to: Bewerbungen-Professur3@kgu.de. Application documents will not be returned after the procedure has been completed.

For application guidelines, please see:
http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/60005087/berufungen

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Postdoc at MaxPlanck & NYU in the MPS-NYU Center for Language, Music, and Emotion (CLaME.nyu.edu)


The Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, investigates aesthetic experience from various perspectives. In the new Max Planck-NYU Center for Language, Music and Emotion (clame.nyu.edu) an international team of researchers investigates these foundational human experiences from novel perspectives, linking language, music, emotion, memory, and decision-making. The Center is comprised of interconnected and interdisciplinary research groups (in Frankfurt and New York) that capitalize on the expertise and resources of the participating scientists across the sites.

The Frankfurt site of CLaME seeks a
Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

to focus on research that capitalizes on the ArtLab (https://www.aesthetics.mpg.de/en/artlab.html) and to develop an independent research program that investigates groups. This unique research facility offers the infrastructure to set up physiological experiments with more than 40 participants.

Applicants should hold a PhD degree, have an excellent record in their respective disciplines, be excited to work on group studies, be interested in cooperation across disciplines as well as with researchers at the NYU CLaME site, and be prepared to work in a multilingual, international environment. The postdoc will collaborate with researchers at the NYU site of CLaME to work on projects on music, language, emotion, and neuroscience.

Further Qualifications:
·       Evidence of completion of projects
·       Exceptional curiosity to develop studies on large groups (and the necessary hardware and software) – experience required
·       Very strong coding and quantitative skills
·       PhD. in neuroscience, social psychology, cognitive science, psychology, and/or music with a strong background in engineering
·       Robust sense of humour and patience

Salaries of Postdocs are determined following the salary scale E 13 (German TVÖD/Bund*). Substantial social benefits come on top of the salary.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Questions about the position can be addressed to David Poeppel: david.poeppel@ae.mpg.de . Please submit your application including a CV, three publications, a 2-page research proposal, and three references via e-mail – preferably in pdf format - no later than September 15, 2019, to: job@ae.mpg.de
*Collective Wage Agreement for the Federal Civil Service

Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik
Grüneburgweg 14
60322 Frankfurt am Main
www.ae.mpg.de