Monday, July 19, 2021

University of Freiburg – Research Assistant position


We are seeking a full-time or part time research assistant to support and manage research

projects at the Department of Neurology. We study how the brain works and how it recovers

from damage. Clinical and neuropsychological behavioural tests (eg: language, spatial

processing, praxis, spatial perception, memory) are correlated with brain anatomy and

function (eg: fMRI, rsfMRI, DTI, sMRT, PET, TMS) in group studies of patients (mainly

stroke, Parkinson’s disease and migraine). In a large scale project carefully selected stroke

patients (first ever stroke, single ischemic lesion) are prospectively tested during acute stage

and follow-up (currently > 800 enrolled). The group is part of Freiburg Brain Imaging (FBI),

an interfaculty assembly of departments interested in scientific brain imaging, strong links

exist with the Bernstein Centre of computational neuroscience, the Herman Paul Centre of

linguistics and the faculties of biology, psychology, sport and sport sciences and informatics.

 

Responsibilities:

Within our large scale project: screening, recruitment and caring for study

patients during the visit; conducting and evaluating language tests/or general behavioural

tests; maintenance and further development of databases, static analysis, co-supervision of

doctoral students, research assistants and interns; support in managing the project.

Contributions to the experimental design of new studies and opportunity to work on your own

scientific projects if you are qualified to do so

 

Required qualification:

- BA or Master in Psychology, Biology, Linguistics, cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or

speech therapist with adequate abilities

 

Preferred qualifications:

- Experience or interest in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic neurological

patients

- Knowledge of imaging and neuroanatomy

- Excellent computer and statistical skills (e.g. MS Office, SPSS)

- must be able and willing to acquire a command of German to enable interaction with our

patients

 

We offer you:

- working in a committed, interdisciplinary team with many years of internationally renowned

expertise in neuroscience, neuroanatomy as well as clinical care of patients

- a varied and responsible field of work with a high degree of independence

- opportunity for further scientific qualification

- training in advanced imaging techniques or neuropsychological testing

 

The position is available on a full/part-time basis for an initial period of 3 years. After a

positive evaluation, tenure is available.

Please apply with your complete documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of

publications, references) by 1.9.2021 via our online portal (https://www.uniklinikfreiburg.

de/karriere/stellenangebote.html) or email to: hannelore.griesbaum@uniklinikfreiburg.

de

 

If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail at: cornelius.weiller@uniklinikfreiburg.

de


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Research Professors & Research Associates positions at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language

 Research Professors & Research Associates positions at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu


The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers Research Professors & Research Associates research fellow positions in seven main broad areas of research:


Language development across the life span

Speech perception, productions and disorders

Reading and dyslexia

Multilingualism

Neurodegeneration, brain damage and rehabilitation

Language and other cognitive systems

Advanced methods in cognitive neuroscience

 

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 permanent positions are for researchers willing to develop a long-term scientific career in the Basque Country. This call is open both to established researchers as Research Associates, with 8 to 12 years of postdoctoral experience; and senior leading researchers as Research Professors, with longer research experience. The applicants must have their PhD completed before January 2013.


Applications from women researchers are specially welcome.


An acceptance letter of the host institution Scientific Director is mandatory.


To submit your application please follow this link https://calls.ikerbasque.net/

 

Deadline: September 10, 2021, at 13:00, CET


For further information please contact the Scientific  Director of BCBL, Manuel Carreiras (info@bcbl.eu)

Friday, April 16, 2021

PhD Student position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain)

 PhD Student position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu


  1. INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITION 
  • Position: PhD student
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1- up to the point of PhD)
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Project: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Plan Nacional RTI2018 093547 B I00 (LANGCONN)
  • Location:  Spain > Donostia-San Sebastian
  • Research Field: Neuroscience > Cognition and Language
  • Type of contract/Duration of Contract : Temporary >  4 years
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours per week: 35
  • Starting date: 01/07/2021 (flexible)
  • Application deadline: 31/05/2021
  • Information about the project: The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language – BCBL- (Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain)

A predoctoral position to work on a translational research project is available in the Neurobiology of Language group, headed by Dr. Manuel Carreiras, at Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language (BCBL).  The appointment is for four years. Starting date is flexible. The project is aimed at investigating to what extent the human brain connectome could be used to identify biomarkers of postsurgical cognitive recovery using presurgical neuro-anatomical and functional information in patients with diffuse low-grade glioma (DLGG).

Project summary: DLGG is a primary brain tumor affecting young individuals in full possession of his/her cognitive faculties. The slow growth of this type of lesion allows the brain to reorganize its structure and functions hampering the onset of the cognitive symptoms. However, DLGG unavoidably evolves to become a more invasive type of tumor, at the expense of both survival and cognitive functional prognosis. This translational project lies at the nexus of neurosergery, neuroscience, biomedical imaging, computer science and statistics. Its long-term goal is to build an accurate and reliable model capable of predicting patient’s postsurgical cognitive recovery. This is a primary need, for both clinicians and patients, promoting better outcomes for surgeries, longer life expectancy and better quality of life for patients. The tools we are planning to develop will allow surgical teams to tailor interventions on a patient-by-patient basis, both before and after the surgery. By applying machine learning algorithms using a compendium of clinical, behavioral, structural, and connectomic features from a large sample of individuals with DLGG and healthy controls we will be able to investigate how the appearance of a brain lesion impacts brain network dynamics, and whether this network malleability represents an adaptive advantage for post-surgery brain recovery processes.

Job description: The selected candidate will participate in several studies that combine clinical parameters, behavioral and neuroimaging data. His/her work will be focused (though not exclusively) on the acquisition, processing and analysis of functional and diffusion images (DTI) of pathological and healthy participants. The candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in a translational research project where clinical research groups, neuroimaging and basic research collaborate and will be able to develop the doctoral thesis project in the field of neuroimaging and neuroplasticity. In addition, the selected candidate will have access to cutting edge research facilities, including MEG, EEG, fMRI, eye-tracking and psychophysics laboratories.

PI and research group: Dr. Manuel Carreiras - Neurobiology of Language group.

  1. CANDIDATES’ PROFILE AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Required skills:

  • Possession of a Master degree in cognitive neuroscience, biomedical engineering, experimental psychology or any other related area.
  • A strong level of written and spoken English and Spanish.
  • Programming skills in Matlab, Python, or R environments.

 

Desirable skills: 

  • Research experience with MRI/fMRI
  • Knowledge of SPM and FSL.
  • A strong methodological and theoretical background in cognitive neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or related fields.
  • Previous experience of using machine learning.
  • Basic skills in statistics, sound processors and graphics.
  •  
  1. WORKING CONDITIONS

Salary: 17.000 Euros per year (gross salary)

Entitlements and other benefits: https://www.bcbl.eu/en/join-us/what-is-like-to-work-bcbl

Training opportunities and Career development plan: 

Researchers at any stage of their career, regardless of their contractual situation, are given an opportunity for professional development and for improving their employability through access to a Personal Career Development Plan which includes

(1) Training through individually personalized research projects under senior supervision

(2) Exchanging knowledge with the scientific community and the general public

(3) Network-wide training in theory and methods

(4) Complementary training courses

(5) Involvement in proposal writing, task coordination

(6) Development of skills for the organization of training and scientific events

 

  1. OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:

Language policy

  • The corporative language at the Center is English but the national language will be an asset for this particular position
  • The center provides initial level Spanish and Basque lessons to all the international staff members
  • The interview will be conducted entirely in English

 

  1. APPLICATION PROCESS: 

Submission of the application and documentation:

To submit your application, please follow this link:  applying for “PhD Manuel Carreiras (LANGCONN) 2021” and attach the following documentation:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application process timetable:

  1. Deadline for application: 31/05/2021
  2. Evaluation by committee: 01/06/2021-04/06/2021
  3. Interviews: 07/06/2021-11/06/2021
  4. Final decision: 14/06/2021
  5. Feedback to all applicants: 15/06/2021
  6. Work contract start date: 01/07/2021 (flexible)

Contact details for enquiries: hr@bcbl.eu

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Research assistant / Lab manager position available in the O-Lab at Duke University

 Research assistant / Lab manager position available in the O-Lab at Duke University

 

We are looking for a highly motivated recent or soon-to-be graduate 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 analyzed 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 in subcortical and cortical structures of human auditory cortex, online measures of statistical learning, and optimization of cochlear implant coding strategies. 

 

Applicants should have received an undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related field by summer 2021. 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 is also very welcome. The main emphasis of the position will be on being involved with, and taking the lead on, research projects, thereby gaining valuable research experience for future applications to graduate school. Bureaucratic aspects of the position (such as scheduling and reimbursement of participants, lab equipment purchases, IRB protocols, 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 NeurobiologyBiomedical EngineeringElectrical and Computer EngineeringCenter for Cognitive NeuroscienceDuke Institute for Brain SciencesBrain 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, 2021. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Candidates from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are expressly encouraged to apply.

Applications should be officially submitted via Duke’s Careers website, requisition ID 108428. In addition, please feel free to also send a cover letter, CV, and a list of 3 potential references, directly to Tobias Overath via email: t.overath@duke.edu

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Post-doctoral Research Position, University of Iowa


University of Iowa

Human Brain Research Laboratory

Iowa City, IA

Posted 4/1/2021

 

A postdoctoral research position is available in the Human Brain Research Laboratory (HBRL) in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa. Our research utilizes human patient volunteers undergoing neurosurgical treatment to investigate the control of speech and interactions between motor and sensory systems related to speech.  We use a collaborative team of investigators and a combination of electrophysiology measures of cortical and subcortical function obtained from implanted surface, depth, and microelectrode recording montages. In addition we utilize functional imaging studies (fMRI) in the same subjects.

 

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in a neuroscience or related research field within the last 2-3 years. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in electrophysiology, signal processing, functional imaging analysis, and computational methods including experience with MATLAB. Salary will be commensurate with research experience and based on NIH guidelines for post-doctoral fellows.

 

Applicants should submit a C.V., a letter of interest describing research interests and career goals, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Jeremy Greenlee at jeremy-greenlee@uiowa.edu. 

Monday, March 15, 2021

A reading list on the neurobiology of syntax

 History/Background

 

Goodglass. Agrammatism in aphasiology

Caramazza, A., & Zurif, E. B. (1976). Dissociation of algorithmic and heuristic processes in sentence comprehension:  Evidence from aphasia. Brain and Language, 3, 572-582.

Linebarger, M. C., Schwartz, M., & Saffran, E. (1983). Sensitivity to grammatical structure in so-called agrammatic aphasics. Cognition, 13, 361-393.

Grodzinsky, Y. (2000). The neurology of syntax: Language use without Broca's area. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 23, 1-21. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences/article/neurology-of-syntax-language-use-without-brocas-area/FE02A366DD5EB5E8661ED2060738210B

Heeschen, C., & Kolk, H. (1988). Agrammatism and paragrammatism. Aphasiology, 2, 299-302.

Butterworth B, Howard D. 1987. Paragrammatisms. Cognition. 26(1):1–37.

 

What is syntax? (And a little bit of parsing.) 

 

Jackendoff. Précis of Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution

http://projects.illc.uva.nl/LaCo/clclab/media/pdfs/2003/zuidema2003c.pdf

Jackendoff. A Parallel Architecture perspective on language processing https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364661303000809

Goldberg. Constructions. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364661303000809

Culicover and Jackendoff. The simpler syntax hypothesis. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364661306001860

Jackendoff & Audring. Relational Morphology. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.02241/full

Lewis et al. Computational principles of working memory in sentence comprehension. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364661306002142

Everaert, M. B. H., Huybregts, M. A. C., Chomsky, N., Berwick, R. C., & Bolhuis, J. J. (2015). Structures, Not Strings: Linguistics as Part of the Cognitive Sciences. Trends Cogn Sci, 19(12), 729-743. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2015.09.008

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1364661315002326

 

What’s the Data? – Functional Imaging

 

Friederici, A. D., Ruschemeyer, S. A., Hahne, A., & Fiebach, C. J. (2003). The role of left inferior frontal and superior temporal cortex in sentence comprehension: localizing syntactic and semantic processes. Cereb Cortex, 13(2), 170-177.

Bornkessel, I., Zysset, S., Friederici, A. D., von Cramon, D. Y., & Schlesewsky, M. (2005). Who did what to whom? The neural basis of argument hierarchies during language comprehension. Neuroimage, 26(1), 221-233. doi: S1053-8119(05)00058-3 [pii] 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.01.032

Rogalsky C, Matchin W, Hickok G.Front Hum Neurosci. 2008 Oct 6;2:14. doi: 10.3389/neuro.09.014.2008. Broca's area, sentence comprehension, and working memory: an fMRI Study.

Pallier C, Devauchelle A, Dehaene S. 2011. Cortical representation of the constituent structure of sentences. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 108:2522–2527.

Nelson, M. J., El Karoui, I., Giber, K., Yang, X., Cohen, L., Koopman, H., . . . Dehaene, S. (2017). Neurophysiological dynamics of phrase-structure building during sentence processing. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 114(18), E3669-E3678. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1701590114

Matchin, W., Hammerly, C., & Lau, E. (2017). The role of the IFG and pSTS in syntactic prediction: Evidence from a parametric study of hierarchical structure in fMRI. Cortex, 88, 106-123. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2016.12.010

Pylkkanen, L. (2019). The neural basis of combinatory syntax and semantics. Science, 366(6461), 62-66. doi: 10.1126/science.aax0050

Mollica et al. 2020 Composition is the Core Driver of the Language-selective Network https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/nol_a_00005

Fedorenko, E., Blank, I. A., Siegelman, M., & Mineroff, Z. (2020). Lack of selectivity for syntax relative to word meanings throughout the language network. Cognition, 203, 104348. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104348

 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0010027720301670?via%3Dihub

 

What’s the data? Neuropsych

 

Rogalsky et al. The Neurobiology of Agrammatic Sentence Comprehension: A Lesion Study

https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/jocn_a_01200

Wilson SM, Galantucci S, Tartaglia MC, Rising K, Patterson DK, Henry ML, Gorno-Tempini ML. 2011. Syntactic processing depends on dorsal language tracts. Neuron. 72:397–403.

Wilson SM, DeMarco AT, Henry ML, Gesierich B, Babiak M, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML. 2016. Variable disruption of a syntactic processing network in primary progressive aphasia. Brain. 139:2994–3006.

Pillay SB, Binder JR, Humphries C, Gross WL, Book DS. 2017. Lesion localization of speech comprehension deficits in chronic aphasia. Neurol. 88:970–975.

den Ouden DB, Malyutina S, Basilakos A, Bonilha L, Gleichgerrcht E, Yourganov G, Hillis AE, Hickok G, Rorden C, Fridriksson J. 2019. Cortical and structural-connectivity damage correlated with impaired syntactic processing in aphasia. Human brain mapping, 40(7): 2153–2173. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/hbm.24514

 

What’s the data? Production

 

Lee, D. K., Fedorenko, E., Simon, M. V., Curry, W. T., Nahed, B. V., Cahill, D. P., & Williams, Z. M. (2018). Neural encoding and production of functional morphemes in the posterior temporal lobe. Nat Commun, 9(1), 1877. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04235-3

 

Chang, et al. Selective Interference with Syntactic Encoding during Sentence Production by Direct Electrocortical Stimulation of the Inferior Frontal Gyrus https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/jocn_a_01215

 

Wilson, S. M., Henry, M. L., Besbris, M., Ogar, J. M., Dronkers, N. F., Jarrold, W., . . . Gorno-Tempini, M. L. (2010). Connected speech production in three variants of primary progressive aphasia. Brain, 133(Pt 7), 2069-2088. doi: 10.1093/brain/awq129

 

Matchin, W., Basilakos, A., Stark B. C., den Ouden, D., Fridriksson, J., Hickok, G. (2020). Agrammatism and paragrammatism: a cortical double dissociation revealed by lesion-symptom mapping. Neurobiology of Language. https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/nol_a_00010

 

Models

 

Grodzinsky, Y., & Santi, A. (2008). The battle for Broca's region. Trends Cogn Sci, 12(12), 474-480. doi: S1364-6613(08)00222-2 [pii]

10.1016/j.tics.2008.09.001

Sprouse & Lau. Syntax and the Brain  https://sprouse.uconn.edu/papers/Sprouse%20and%20Lau%202013%20-%20CHGS.pdf

Hagoort, P. MUC (Memory, Unification, Control): A Model on the Neurobiology of Language Beyond Single Word Processing

https://pure.mpg.de/rest/items/item_2193289/component/file_2193288/content

Hagoort, P., & Indefrey, P. (2014). The neurobiology of language beyond single words. Annu Rev Neurosci, 37, 347-362. doi: 10.1146/annurev-neuro-071013-013847

Friederici, A. Neural basis for human syntax: Broca’s area and beyond https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352154617301286

Matchin & Hickok 2020. The cortical organization of syntax. Cerebral Cortex. https://academic.oup.com/cercor/article-abstract/30/3/1481/5588467