Monday, June 20, 2016

Pre- or post-doctoral research position in MEG research in the NYU Abu Dhabi Neuroscience of Language Lab (PIs Pylkkänen & Marantz)



The NYU Abu Dhabi Neuroscience of Language Lab (http://www.psych.nyu.edu/nellab/) has an opening for a research scientist, which could be realized either as a pre-doctoral RAship or as a post-doc. 

A BA/BS, MA/MS or PhD in a cognitive science-related discipline (psychology, linguistics, etc.) or computer science is required. 

The hired person would ideally have experience with psycho- and neurolinguistic experiments, a background in statistics and some programming ability (especially Python and Matlab). A strong computational background and knowledge Arabic would both be big plusses.  

The pre/post-doc's role will depend on the specific qualifications of the person hired, but will in all cases involve MEG research on structural aspects of language. 

In Abu Dhabi, salary and benefits, including travel and lodging, are quite generous. We are looking to start this position as soon as possible. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately.


To apply, please email cover letter, CV and names of references to Liina Pylkkanen at liina.pylkkanen@nyu.edu and Alec Marantz at marantz@nyu.edu

Friday, June 3, 2016

SOLICITING FEEDBACK ON DAVID KEMMERER’S “COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE OF LANGUAGE”



Although David Kemmerer’s new textbook has not been out very long, his editor at Psychology Press, Paul Dukes, is already starting to solicit feedback that could be useful for a 2nd edition.  He’s especially interested in finding out what instructors have liked and not liked about the 1st edition, and what they would want to see in any 2nd edition.  He has a questionnaire and can offer a fee to anyone who’s interested in responding.  His email address is: Paul.Dukes@taylorandfrancis.com

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.