Sunday, May 15, 2016

PhD position in experimental and computational psycho- and neurolinguistics at MPI Nijmegen


PhD position in experimental and computational psycho- and neurolinguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen

Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a high quality scientific degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, the cognitive neurosciences, cognitive science, or psycholinguistics with a focus on spoken language processing. Preference will be shown for candidates with advanced technical skills who are interested in applying those skills to fundamental questions about language representation and processing in the human mind and brain, as well as to computational questions in the cognitive sciences. Candidates should have excellent written and spoken command of English.

The MPI in Nijmegen is a leading research institute, with a stimulating environment and excellent facilities and resources. The institute is entirely devoted to the question of how we acquire, produce, and understand language. The research at the institute is highly multidisciplinary, uniting linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and genetics. For further information about our research, please our website: http://www.mpi.nl/

The successful candidates will be affiliated with the department Psychology of Language (Prof. Dr. A. Meyer) and supervised by Dr. Andrea Martin (https://sites.google.com/site/aemn1011/). The position is available as of 1 September 2016 and is funded for 4 years. The institute provides state-of-the art research facilities, technical support, as well as a conference and travel budget. All students participate in the taught doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School in Language Sciences (IMPRS). The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer.

For questions please write to andrea.martin@ed.ac.uk.

Your application should include
    CV
    names and contact details of two referees
    a very brief statement of your research interests where you describe your research experience, technical skills and sketch with topic(s) you might want to pursue in your PhD project.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Post-doctoral position in sensorimotor learning and control of speech production -- UW, Ludo Max Lab


The Laboratory for Speech Physiology and Motor Control (PI Ludo Max, Ph.D.) at the University of Washington (Seattle) announces an open post-doctoral position in the areas of sensorimotor integration and sensorimotor learning for speech production. The position will involve experimental work on both typical speech and stuttering. The lab is located in the University of Washington's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and has additional affiliations with the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and the Department of Bioengineering. See http://faculty.washington.edu/ludomax/lab/ for more information. 

The successful candidate will use speech sensorimotor adaptation paradigms (with digital signal processing perturbations applied to the real-time auditory feedback or mechanical forces applied to the jaw by a robotic device) to investigate aspects of learning and control in stuttering and nonstuttering adults and children. In addition, the candidate will use electroencephalographic (EEG) techniques to investigate auditory-motor interactions during speech movement planning in the same populations. 

The position is initially for one year (a second-year extension is possible contingent upon satisfactory performance and productivity) with a preferred starting date in the Summer of 2016. Applicants should have the Ph.D. degree by the start of the appointment. Review of applications will begin immediately. Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, cognitive/behavioral neuroscience, motor control/kinesiology, biomedical engineering, communication disorders/speech science, and related fields, are encouraged to apply. 

We seek a candidate with excellent verbal and written communication skills who is strongly motivated and has substantial computer programming experience (the lab relies heavily on MATLAB, R, Psyscope/Psychtoolbox). 


For more information, please contact lab director Ludo Max, Ph.D. (LudoMax@uw.edu). Applications can be submitted to the same e-mail address. Interested candidates should submit (a) a cover letter describing their research experiences, interests, and goals, (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) the names and contact information of three individuals who can serve as references, and (d) reprints of relevant journal publications. The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities. 

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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