Monday, May 2, 2016

The MARCS Institute/The HEARing CRC Postdoctoral Fellow Hearing and Cognitive Aging Available


Ref 610/16 Postdoctoral Fellow Hearing and Cognitive Aging (HEARing CRC), MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University

The Multisensory Communication Program in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development in association with the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with high level skills and expertise in the broad area of speech perception in elderly people (with/without hearing-impairment).

The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Development is an interdisciplinary research institute of the Western Sydney University. Research at MARCS is conducted in five interdisciplinary research programs: Biomedical Engineering & Neuroscience, Human Machine Interaction, Multisensory Communication, Music Cognition & Action and Speech & Language. MARCS is located on the Bankstown, Campbelltown, Kingswood and Parramatta campuses.

The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC) is a unique consortium of 22 research, clinical and industry organisations. The HEARing CRC was initially funded 2007-14 through the Commonwealth Government Cooperative Research Centre Programme, and has recently received a five year funding extension to continue developing new devices, therapies and service delivery models.

This post-doctoral project covers three Hearing CRC research areas: Measurement of Real-Life Impact of Hearing Disorders; Tools for Identifying the Role of Attention in Difficult Listening Situations and Therapies to Improve Speech Perception in Elderly Adults with Auditory Processing Disorders.

The successful applicant is expected to be developing a strong international standing and research reputation, based on an excellent research background in psychology, linguistics, psycholinguistics, or cognitive sciences.

The position is full-time for a period of 3 years and will be based on the Bankstown campus.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level A (Step 3-4) $93,659 to $99,365 p.a. (comprising Salary $84,498 to $89,646 p.a., plus 9.5% Superannuation, plus Leave Loading)

After 12 months continuous service the appointee may be eligible for 17% employer superannuation contribution.

Position Enquiries: Professor Chris Davis, email chris.davis@westernsydney.edu.au

Closing Date:22 May 2016


For further information regarding this position will be available on the University positions vacant page from Friday 22 April - http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/employment/home/current_vacancies

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Post-doc & doc opportunities with Jeffrey Bowers and Colin Davis at the University of Bristol, UK

A postdoctoral Research Associate (Post-Doc) and PhD. student are required for the Leverhulme Trust-funded project entitled “When and Why Do Neural Networks Learn Selective Codes?”. In this project we aim to characterise the tasks and conditions in which a range of neural networks, including popular “deep networks”, learn highly selective representations. To this end we will train networks on various tasks and then carry out analyses of the hidden units to determine the nature of the learned representations. The results of these simulations will provide clues as to why neurons in brains often respond in a highly selective manner.  You woud be working with Jeffrey Bowers and Colin Davis at the University of Bristol, UK. Neither the post-doc nor PhD student needs to be from the EU, but the PhD post only pays for EU fees (plus a stipend).  For more information see:





Friday, April 15, 2016

Post-Doctoral Position at Georgetown University Medical Center


The Cognitive Recovery Lab, directed by Dr. Peter Turkeltaub, invites applications for a two-year NIH-funded post-doctoral position to start in July 2016 in collaboration with Dr. Catherine Stoodley at American University. The post-doc will be responsible for collecting and analyzing behavioral and multimodal MRI data (fMRI, DTI, functional connectivity, VBM, lesion-symptom mapping) for an investigation of the use of cerebellar tDCS in post-stroke aphasia. The post-doc will also design additional imaging studies on normal subjects and individuals with aphasia due to stroke or traumatic brain injury.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology, or related field; experience designing fMRI experiments and conducting advanced MRI analysis; and a track record of research productivity. Preference will be given for individuals with experience conducting MRI research involving people with stroke or brain injury.

The Cognitive Recovery Lab operates across Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. We aim to improve the lives of people with cognitive and language difficulties by expanding our understanding of (1) how the brain performs language and cognitive functions, (2) how these brain systems change in the face of injury or dysfunction, and (3) how we can improve recovery. To achieve these aims we perform a range of human subjects research from basic cognitive neuroscience through clinical trials. We use a variety of methods, including behavioral studies, lesion studies in people with stroke, multimodal MRI, tDCS, tDCS/fMRI, TMS, and TMS/EEG. Dr. Stoodley is affiliated with the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at American University and the Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience program (PhD program). Dr. Stoodley’s Developmental Neuroscience Lab investigates the role of the human cerebellum in cognition and cognitive development, employing clinical studies, structural and functional neuroimaging, neuromodulation, and combined neuromodulation/neuroimaging.

Please send applications to turkeltp@georgetown.edu and stoodley@american.edu. Send a cover letter with a statement of interest, CV, writing sample, and the names and email addresses of three professional references.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Post Bac position available at Duke University

We are looking for a highly motivated recent graduate (BS, BA) to gain research experience in the lab of Prof. Tobias Overath (http://people.duke.edu/~jto10) at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Work in the lab investigates how sounds, from simple sinusoids to complex speech signals, are processed in the human brain via a combination of behavioral (psychoacoustics) and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG).

The ideal candidate will have received an undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related field, by summer 2016, and will have some familiarity with fMRI, M/EEG, ECoG, and/or other experimental techniques. An interest in how the brain processes sound is a strong plus, as is high proficiency in at least one programming language (preferably Matlab).

The main duties of the position include being involved in the research conducted in the lab; this includes experimental design and analysis, acquiring data, writing scientific papers for publication, and participating in other lab activities. The position is intended as a stepping-stone towards graduate work in neuroscience or a related field, thus we are looking for a candidate who is conscientious and dependable as well as highly self-motivated and pro-active.

Duke University is a vibrant and highly interdisciplinary place for research, with collaborations facilitated via the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as the departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, Biomedical Engineering, and Statistics. The Duke UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) has two dedicated research MRI scanners (GE 3T), and our lab has a BrainVision 64-channel ActiChamp EEG system.

The position is available for a two-year period starting this Summer or Fall 2016. Salary will be $29,000-31,000 p.a. (depending on experience), plus benefits.


To initiate an application for the position, please email the PI Tobias Overath (t.overath@duke.edu) by April 15, 2016 (later applications will also be considered if the position is not filled), including the following documents: (1) a brief statement about yourself and why you are interested in the position, (2) a resume that includes brief descriptions of past research experiences, programming knowledge, relevant courses and grades, and (3) the names and email addresses of at least 2 references who could be contacted.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Postdoctoral position, Center for Language Science, The Pennsylvania State University


The Center for Language Science (CLS) at The Pennsylvania State University (http://cls.psu.edu/) invites applications for 1-2 postdoctoral positions. The CLS is home to a cross-disciplinary research program that includes the NSF training program, Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): Bilingualism, mind, and brain: An interdisciplinary program in cognitive psychology, linguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. The program provides training in research on bilingualism that includes an international perspective and that exploits opportunities for collaborative research conducted with one of our international partner sites in the UK (Bangor, Wales), Germany (Braunschweig), Spain (Granada and Tarragona), The Netherlands (Nijmegen), Sweden (Lund), and China (Hong Kong and Beijing) and in conjunction with our two domestic partner sites at Haskins Labs and the VL2 Science of Learning Center at Gallaudet University. We welcome applications from candidates with preparation in any of the disciplines that contribute to our program. 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 a variety of behavioral and/or neuroscience methods, including fMRI and ERPs. There is also a possibility of teaching one course during the academic year in the Program in Linguistics. 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, Marianna Nadeu, and Karen Miller; Communication Sciences and Disorders: Carol Miller and Chaleece Sandberg; German: Carrie Jackson, Mike Putnam, and Richard Page; French: Marc Authier and Lisa Reed. Administrative questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Michele Diaz: mtd143@psu.edu. More information about the Center for Language Science (CLS), about 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 as soon as June 1, 2016 and no later than August 1, 2016. Salary follows NSF/NIH guidelines. The PIRE funding requires that we restrict the search to US citizens 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 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. Candidates interested in gaining teaching experience should include information on teaching experience and preparation. Additionally, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately to Sharon Elder at sle9@psu.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position(s) are filled. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D by the time of appointment. Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/62551 

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

2nd Workshop on Psycholinguistic Approaches to Speech Recognition in Adverse Conditions

===  2nd Workshop on Psycholinguistic Approaches to Speech Recognition in Adverse Conditions  ===

31 October 2016 – 1 November 2016
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Website: http://odettescharenborg.ruhosting.nl/pasrac2016/

The second workshop on Psycholinguistic Approaches to Speech Recognition in Adverse Conditions (PASRAC) will be held in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The workshop is a follow-up on the first workshop organised in Bristol in March 2010.

The aim of the two-day meeting is to bring together scientists from different disciplines, including psychology, linguistics, computer science, neuroscience, and cognitive science, working on the topic of speech recognition in adverse conditions.

Basic themes will be, but are not limited to:
- Sensory degradation
   * Extrinsic: Noise and other distortions, such as atypical speech, accented speech, conversational speech
   * Intrinsic: Hearing impairments and cochlear implants
- Incomplete knowledge (L1-L2, adults-children)
- Limited processing resources (effort, dual tasking, divided attention, etc).

We are inviting abstracts (maximum length is 500 words, excluding references) for oral or poster presentations.

*  IMPORTANT DATES:
1 May 2016: Submission portal opens
1 June 2016: Registration opens
30 June 2016: Abstract submission deadline
31 July 2016: Notification of abstract acceptance

* KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Ann Bradlow (Northwestern University, IL)
Sophie Scott (University College London, UK)

* INVITED SPEAKERS:
Helen Blank (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, UK)
Maria Chait (University College London, UK)
Antje Heinrich (MRC Institute of Hearing Research, UK)
Bob McMurray (University of Iowa, IA)
Bernd Meyer (Johns Hopkins University, MD / University of Oldenburg, Germany)
Kevin Munro (University of Manchester, UK)
Kathy Pichora-Fuller (University of Toronto, Canada)
Adriana Zekveld (VU University Medical Centre, the Netherlands)

* ORGANISERS:
Polina Drozdova (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
Florian Hintz (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
Sven Mattys (University of York, UK)
Odette Scharenborg (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

* PROGRAMME COMMITTEE:
Helen Blank
Florian Hintz
Sven Mattys
Bernd Meyer
Kathy Pichora-Fuller
Odette Scharenborg
Adriana Zekveld

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Post-Doc with Tecumseh Fitch in Vienna Department of Cognitive Biology

A post-doctoral research position is available in the Department of Cognitive Biology at the School of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, in the laboratory of Prof W Tecumseh Fitch. (duration up to five years). The main topic(s) of the position are flexible and will depend upon the skills and interests of the chosen applicant. In general, comparative research in bioacoustics, biomusicology and animal cognition will be favored. For example, ongoing research in the Fitch lab concerns the biology and evolution of language and music and the cognitive capacities underlying pattern perception in speech, music and complex visual patterns; we work with both humans and non-human animals including birds (ravens, parrots) and primates (marmosets, humans). For these topics, a strong background in the design and analysis of experiments is key, and experience with nonhuman animals a strong plus. A somewhat independent research topic focuses on vertebrate bioacoustics, particularly vocal production in birds and mammals. For these topics, a strong background in speech science, bioacoustics and/or the physcs and physiology of vocal production would be central. Qualified applicants could also combine research in both sets of topics.

You will be joining a very active and well-funded group of scientists in the Department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna (the core professors are Thomas Bugnyar, Tecumseh Fitch and Leonida Fusani). We have strong links with the laboratory of Prof. Ludwig Huber at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. The general focus of our department is comparative analysis, with a wide range of vertebrate species, and all topics relevant to the evolution of the mind. Species currently available for study on site include ravens, pigeons, keas, budgerigars, dogs, and common marmosets; we have new an fully-equipped animal facilities in Vienna, and at our new field station south of Vienna; other species can be studied via collaborations elsewhere (e.g. chimpanzees, wolves). We have a fully-equipped animal care facility (see below), human testing labs including a large anechoic chamber, an EyeLink 1000 eye tracker and Biopack physiological measurement system.

Full details here.