Wednesday, February 16, 2022

FUNDED PhD STUDENT POSITION – Speech and Bilingualism Group- AT THE BCBL- BASQUE CENTER ON COGNITION BRAIN AND LANGUAGE (SAN SEBASTIÁN, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN)


  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: ReadCalibration ERC project
  • Organisation/Company: BCBL Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language
  • Location:  Spain > San Sebastian
  • Research Field: Neuroscience > Cognition and Language > Phonetics / Phonology / Acoustics
  • Type of contract/Duration of Contract : Temporary = 4 years
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours per week: 35
  • Starting date: Between May 1st and October 1st 2022
  • Application deadline: March 13th 2022

Information about the project: The main aim of the ReadCalibration ERC project is to explore the interplay between phonology and orthography in speech perception and production in various populations (children and adults; typically-developing or with reading and/or hearing impairments; monolinguals and bilinguals).

Job description: The selected candidate will work in the context of the 5-year ERC project Phonemic representations in speech perception and production: Recalibration by reading acquisition (ReadCalibration). He/she will be developing studies exploring phonemic recalibration in hearing impaired populations.

The candidate will be responsible for leading his/her own research projects from beginning to end, under supervision: developing research ideas, designing and running experiments, analyzing data, reporting results by writing up research papers and presenting at international conferences. The candidate will be encouraged to collaborate with researchers at the BCBL at all stages of their career (predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and established researchers) by taking part in weekly group and lab meetings, seminars of external speakers, specific interest groups, etc. The core of the project will rely on behavioral tasks and measures, with fine-grained analysis of language production and perception (e.g., acoustic analysis). If desired, the candidate could also develop neuroimaging experiments as part of the ERC project, taking advantage of neuroimaging facilities at the BCBL (e.g., EEG, eye-tracking, MEG, fMRI).

PI and research group: The candidate will join the Speech and Bilingualism group led by Dr. Clara Martin (c.martin@bcbl.eu). The research group focuses on exploring factors impacting speech production and perception in L1 and L2, including contextual properties (e.g., foreign accentedness of the speaker/addressee). We recently started the large-scale ReadCalibration ERC project investigating the impact of the orthographic system on speech sound and word perception and production across modalities (listening, reading, speaking, typing), languages (opaque and transparent orthographies), and populations (monolinguals and bilinguals with varying reading skills).

 

  1. CANDIDATES’ PROFILE AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Required skills:

- Good knowledge of the field of cognitive neuroscience and/or linguistics, speech science, especially phonetics/phonology

- Able to lead testing sessions with special population / communicating with medical staff

- Master’s (or equivalent Honours) degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Linguistics, and/or other relevant areas

- Strong background in experiment programming and statistical analyses is recommended

- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

 

Desirable skills:

- Previous experience in participating in research projects (e.g., data collection, analysis) is desired

- Knowledge of Spanish (or willingness to learn) is a plus

 

  1. WORKING CONDITIONS

Salary: 16.250€ gross/year (year 1 and 2); 17.410€ gross/year 3; 21.760€ gross/year 4

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 interview will be conducted entirely in English
  • The center provides initial level Spanish and Basque lessons to all the international staff members

 

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

 

  1. APPLICATION PROCESS: 

Submission of the application and documentation:

To submit your application, please follow this link:  applying for “ERC PhD SB 2022” and attach the following documentation:

  • A curriculum vitae (4 pages máximum)
  • A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position (1 page maximum)
  • Two letters of recommendation

 

Application process timetable:

  1. Deadline for application: 13/03/2022
  2. Evaluation by committee: 14/03/2022-27/03/2022
  3. Online interviews for pre-selected candidates: 28/03/2022-10/04/2022
  4. Final candidate selection: 10/04/2022
  5. Feedback to all candidates: 10/04/2022-15/04/2022
  6. Starting date: 01/05/2022 – 01/10/2022

 

Contact details for enquiries: hr@bcbl.eu


FUNDED POST-DOC POSITION – Speech and Bilingualism Group- AT THE BCBL- BASQUE CENTER ON COGNITION BRAIN AND LANGUAGE (SAN SEBASTIÁN, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN)

  1. INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITION 
  • Position: Postdoctoral position in cognitive neuroscience
  • Researcher Profile: R2 Recognised Researcher (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent)
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Project: ReadCalibration ERC project
  • Organisation/Company: BCBL Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language
  • Location:  Spain > San Sebastian
  • Research Field: Neuroscience > Cognition and Language > Phonetics-Phonology
  • Type of contract/Duration of Contract : Temporary – Up to 4 years
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours per week: 35
  • Starting date: Between May 1st and October 1st 2022
  • Application deadline: March 13th 2022

Information about the project: The main aim of the ReadCalibration ERC project is to explore the interplay between phonology and orthography in speech perception and production in various populations (children and adults; typically-developing or with reading and/or hearing impairments; monolinguals and bilinguals).

Job description: The selected candidate will work in the context of the 5-year ERC project Phonemic representations in speech perception and production: Recalibration by reading acquisition (ReadCalibration). He/she will be developing studies exploring phonemic recalibration in hearing impaired populations.

The candidate will be responsible for leading his/her own research projects from beginning to end, under supervision: developing research ideas, designing and running experiments, analyzing data, reporting results by writing up research papers and presenting at international conferences. The candidate will be encouraged to collaborate with researchers at the BCBL at all stages of their career (predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and established researchers) by taking part in weekly group and lab meetings, seminars of external speakers, specific interest groups, etc. The candidate will also be encouraged to co-supervise a PhD student working on the same topic. There also can be opportunities for Master student supervision. The core of the project will rely on behavioral tasks and measures, with fine-grained analysis of language production and perception (e.g., acoustic analysis). If desired, the candidate could also develop a neuroimaging study, as part of the ERC project, taking advantage of neuroimaging facilities at the BCBL (e.g., EEG, eye-tracking, MEG, fMRI).


PI and research group: The candidate will join the Speech and Bilingualism group led by Dr. Clara Martin (c.martin@bcbl.eu). The research group focuses on exploring factors impacting speech production and perception in L1 and L2, including contextual properties (e.g., foreign accentedness of the speaker/addressee). We recently started the large-scale ReadCalibration ERC project investigating the impact of the orthographic system on speech sound and word perception and production across modalities (listening, reading, speaking, typing), languages (opaque and transparent orthographies), and populations (monolinguals and bilinguals with varying reading skills).

 

  1. CANDIDATES’ PROFILE AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Required skills:

- Able to carry his/her own research and lead a research project

- Good knowledge of the field of cognitive neuroscience and/or linguistics, speech science, especially phonetics/phonology

- Able to lead testing sessions with special population / communicating with medical staff

- Able to produce, analyze and interpret data under supervision

- Able to explain the outcome of research and value in written and oral format

- Strong background in experiment programming and statistical analyses

- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

 

Desirable skills:

- Previous research experience in phonetic/phonology and/or hearing impairment

- Previous experience with special population wearing hearing aids and/or cochlear implants

- Able to take ownership for and manage own career progression

- Able to set realistic and achievable career goals, and to identify and develop ways to improve employability

- Knowledge of Spanish (or willingness to learn) is a plus.

 

  1. WORKING CONDITIONS

Salary: 28.000€-30.000€ gross/year (depending on the experience of the candidate)

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 interview will be conducted entirely in English
  • The center provides initial level Spanish and Basque lessons to all the international staff members

 

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

 

  1. APPLICATION PROCESS: 

Submission of the application and documentation:

To submit your application, please follow this link:  applying for “ERC Postdoc SB 2022” and attach the following documentation:

  • A curriculum vitae (4 pages máximum)
  • A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position (1 page maximum)
  • Two letters of recommendation

 

Application process timetable:

  1. Deadline for application: 13/03/2022
  2. Evaluation by committee: 14/03/2022-27/03/2022
  3. Online interviews for pre-selected candidates: 28/03/2022-10/04/2022
  4. Final candidate selection: 10/04/2022
  5. Feedback to all candidates: 10/04/2022-15/04/2022
  6. Starting date: 01/05/2022 – 01/10/2022

 

Contact details for enquiries: hr@bcbl.eu

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Post-Doctoral Fellow to Study Neural Mechanisms of Language Recovery after Stroke - Johns Hopkins

Position available soon for a full-time research post-doctoral fellow, preferably in the field of speech-language pathology or cognitive neuroscience, to take primary responsibility for collection and analysis of data for a study of the neural mechanisms underlying language and cognitive recovery after stroke.  This project would entail collaboration with a post-doctoral fellow in the area of motor recovery to longitudinally study patients either at Johns Hopkins or via an innovative Stroke Treatment And Recovery van (The STAR Car), equipped with devices for evaluating both motor and language/cognitive recovery via tablets, fNIRS, tDCS, robotics, etc. Patients who are able to come to the hospital will also have longitudinal functional fMRI.  The position would provide an opportunity to work with an outstanding and diverse group of collaborators in the Stroke Cognitive Outcomes and REcovery (SCORE) lab (PI: Argye Hillis, MD, MA), including four other post-doctoral fellows, two faculty, 4 research speech-language pathologists,  full-time research assistants, and students in various levels of training.  Additionally, we collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of investigators in the Sheikh Kalifa Stroke Institute at Johns Hopkins, which consists of the Centers for Excellence in Stroke Detection and Treatment (Directed by Dr. Argye Hillis) and Center for Excellence in Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation (Directed by Dr. Preeti Raghaven) and investigators at the Bloomberg School of Health Department of Biostatistics.  Finally, we collaborate closely with C-STAR, the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery, supported by a P50 grant from NIDCD, with Julius Fridriksson, PhD, Dirk Den Ouden, and Chris Rorden (University of South Carolina), Leo Bonilha, MD, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina), and Greg Hickok, PhD (University of California, Irvine), to provide new insight regarding the mechanisms and facilitation of aphasia recovery.  The position would allow training and experience in multimodality structural and functional imaging and integration with behavioral performance for brain mapping and tracking recovery.  

The environment at Johns Hopkins is extraordinarily collaborative across disciplines and departments. Our research relies on the exceptional interdisciplinary collaborations across departments (Radiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) in the School of Medicine and across schools (the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Dept. of Cognitive Science, and the Kirby Functional Imaging Center).  There are outstanding resources available and an environment that supports leadership in innovation, scientific integrity, and intellectual curiosity. 

The post-doctoral position would require a commitment of two years, but could be extended for a longer period. It will also require a driver’s license and travel to patient’s homes for evaluation (with at least one other investigator). Experience in fNIRS and/or fMRI analysis would be favored.  For further information, contact Argye Hillis, at argye@jhmi.edu or 410-812-6716. Salary is commensurate with training and experience. The start date is flexible.

 

 

Friday, January 14, 2022

BASQUE CENTER ON COGNITION BRAIN AND LANGUAGE -- PreDoc, PostDoc, and Research Fellow Opportunities

 FUNDED PREDOCTORAL AND POSTDOCTORAL 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 the following positions:



FUNDED POSTDOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITION– Computational Neuroscience Group- AT THE BCBL- BASQUE CENTER ON COGNITION BRAIN AND LANGUAGE (SAN SEBASTIÁN, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN)


FUNDED JOINT POSTDOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITION at the Neurobiology of Language Group, BCBL- BASQUE CENTER ON COGNITION BRAIN AND LANGUAGE (SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN) and Combinatorial Optimization group, BCAM – BASQUE CENTER FOR APPLIED MATHEMATICS (BILBAO, SPAIN)


FUNDED JOINT POSTDOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITION at the Signal Processing in Neuroimaging group, BCBL- BASQUE CENTER ON COGNITION BRAIN AND LANGUAGE (SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN) and Combinatorial Optimization group, BCAM – BASQUE CENTER FOR APPLIED MATHEMATICS (BILBAO, SPAIN)



FUNDED JOINT PREDOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITION at the Neurolinguistics and Aphasia Group, BCBL- BASQUE CENTER ON COGNITION BRAIN AND LANGUAGE (SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN) and Laboratory of Neuroimaging and biomarkers of inflammation, ACHUCARRO-BASQUE CENTER FOR NEUROSCIENCE (BILBAO, SPAIN)

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITIONS IN https://www.bcbl.eu/en/join-us/job-offers



 



RESEARCH FELLOW POSITION 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 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 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 1/1/2011 and 31/12/2019.


Applications from women are especially welcomed. The eligibility period will be extended under special circumstances such as maternity.


Support letter from the host group is mandatory.


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


Deadline: 15th March 2022


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

Friday, December 10, 2021

Doctoral INPhINIT Fellowships by "La Caixa" Foundation



Do you want to start your research career?  


”La Caixa” Foundation's doctoral fellowships programme INPhINIT is now open. This programme supports the best scientific talent to promote innovative, excellence research in Spain and Portugal.

Apply for a PhD fellowship and give your story a boost.

 

Incoming: 35 fellowships for researchers of all nationalities to carry out their PhD at Spanish centres with Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu accreditation, Carlos III Health Research

Institutes, and Portuguese centres classed as “excellent” by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Incoming fellowships are addressed exclusively to STEM disciplines.

The BCBL-INPHINIT Programme is offering 10 different PhD thesis projects within this modality.

 

Retaining: 30 fellowships for researchers of all nationalities to carry out their PhD in any discipline and at any university or research centre in Spain or Portugal.

 

More information:

https://fundacionlacaixa.org/en/doctoral-fellowships-inphinit-call


Thursday, December 9, 2021

Program Officer job at NIDCD

The NIDCD will, in January, be welcoming  applications for a professional track Health Scientist Administrator (HSA Program Officer) with expertise and research experience in language and language disorders. A doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, psychology/neuropsychology, linguistics or other fields with a  focus in communication is preferred and individuals at early to mid career stages are strongly encouraged to apply.   Responsibilities for this position will be to oversee an active and growing research portfolio related to language and language disorders.  In addition, the individual in this position will create, develop and lead activities associated with this research area;  serve as the contact and resource within the institute, the NIH and beyond, for all issues related to language and language disorders; as well as interact with various groups within and across NIH. 

 

NIDCD is looking for a motivated,  enthusiastic individual with research credentials and scientific expertise who will welcome the challenges and rewards of leading language and language disorders research for NIDCD.  We are  committed to creating a diverse environment:  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. At NIDCD, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people do their best work.  The salary is based upon individual qualifications and professional experience.  A full benefits package is available.  

 

The vacancy announcement for HSA Program Officer will be posted on 1/18/22 and closes on 1/27/22  at http://jobs.nih.gov/globalrecruitment.   Please contact Judith Cooper with questions or interest cooperj@nidcd.nih.gov

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

David Kemmerer's Cognitive Neuroscience of Language textbook (via David Kemmerer)


The 2nd edition of David Kemmerer's Cognitive Neuroscience of Language textbook is expected to appear in April or May, 2022.  If you use the code DKE20, you can get a 20% discount when you order the book from Psychology Press.  

 

The preface is copied below.  It describes which aspects of the 1st edition have been retained, and which aspects of the 2nd edition are new.  In addition, note that an "eBook+" version will be available, as well as a website containing PowerPoint slides, test questions, and links to relevant videos.

 

Preface:

 

Welcome to the second edition!  During the six years since the first one appeared, the branch of cognitive neuroscience that focuses on language has continued to flourish.  Countless new experiments have been conducted, several major theories have been refined, three large volumes of survey chapters have been published (Hickok & Small, 2015; Hagoort, 2019; de Zubicaray & Schiller, 2019), a brand new journal called Neurobiology of Language was recently introduced, and the Society for the Neurobiology of Language has significantly grown (www.neurolang.org).

 

My primary aim in preparing this second edition of the textbook was to keep pace with these advances in the field.  But I also wanted to preserve the general approach of the first edition, so the following features have been retained:

 

·       Broadly speaking, the book's purpose is to give students, teachers, researchers, and clinicians a solid, accessible overview of what is currently known about how our brains enable us to perceive and produce language.  More narrowly, it has been designed for use in courses offered to graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students.  Although much of the content is inherently challenging, no previous knowledge of either neuroscience or linguistics is required, since technical terms and important principles from both disciplines are explained along the way.

 

·       After covering background material about the human brain and aphasia syndromes in Parts I-II, almost all of the chapters in Parts III-VI draw upon prominent theoretical models that characterize particular linguistic domains at both cognitive and neurobiological levels of analysis.  In addition, these core chapters illustrate how the different components of the models are supported, and in some cases challenged, by experiments employing diverse brain mapping techniques.  A special effort has been made to describe many of these experiments in considerable detail, providing information about their goals, methods, results, and implications.  The rationale for such an in-depth approach is that it may help students understand not only how empirical studies are carried out, but also how they contribute to the dynamic interplay between theory and data.

 

At the same time, however, several aspects of this second edition are new and deserve to be highlighted here:

 

·       Following the lead of a 2016 paper by Pascale Tremblay and Anthony Steven Dick called "Broca and Wernicke are dead, or moving past the classic model of language neurobiology," minimal use is made of the traditional terms "Broca's area" and "Wernicke's area" because it is now abundantly clear that they are not only obsolete but confusing.  Instead, more precise anatomical terms are used when necessary.  This point is elaborated near the end of Chapter 1.

 

·       To capture some of the most salient developments in the field during the past six years, all of the chapters from the first edition have been revised and updated.  Some of them, however, have been modified much more than others.  The ones that have undergone the greatest changes are as follows:  Chapter 5 ("Speech perception"); Chapter 6 ("Speech production"); Chapter 8 ("Object nouns"); Chapter 9 ("Action verbs"); Chapter 10 ("Abstract words"); Chapter 13 ("Sentence comprehension"); Chapter 14 ("Discourse"); and Chapter 15 ("Reading and writing").

 

·       Because research on the neural substrates of bilingualism has been rapidly accelerating, and because students are often quite interested in this topic, a separate chapter is now devoted to it—namely, Chapter 17 ("The bilingual brain").

 

·       The table of contents has been reorganized in such a way that the chapters on reading/writing and sign language are now in Part VI ("Other topics") toward the end of the book, together with the chapter on bilingualism.  Each of these chapters, however, can be read on its own, independently from the other chapters in the book.