Monday, February 25, 2008

Research Positions in Language at Maryland (post-doc & post-bac levels)

Post-doctoral position in Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics/Language 
University of Maryland

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language (CNL) Lab at the University of
Maryland at College Park (suburb of Washington DC) is looking for a
postdoctoral researcher to participate in all aspects of research.
The CNL Lab comprises around 40 faculty, staff, and students engaged
in research that spans language acquisition, language processing, and
neurolinguistics, including the study of acquired and genetic
disorders. The lab has on-site facilities for whole-head MEG
recordings, high-density EEG, head-mounted and stationary eye-
trackers, and a variety of behavioral paradigms. Lab members have
access to an on-campus laboratory preschool and infant testing
facilities. Lab members have also conducted fMRI and PET studies
through local collaborations. CNL Lab faculty include Valentine
Hacquard, Bill Idsardi, Jeff Lidz, Colin Phillips, David Poeppel, Amy
Weinberg, and Andrea Zukowski, and there are close ties to labs in
Psychology, Computer Science, Hearing & Speech Science, Electrical
Engineering, and Second Language Acquisition. The post-doc position
is not linked to a specific project, and the ideal candidate will be
able to contribute to more than one of the lab's research foci and to
the Department of Linguistics' other strengths in theoretical and
computational linguistics. This is primarily a research position, but
some limited teaching may be required. Initial appointment is for 1
year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Anticipated
starting date is September 1, 2008, and PhD should be in hand by
starting date. Salary is competitive. For best consideration, submit
a letter of application and current CV, and arrange for 3 references
to be submitted electronically.

Inquiries may be directed to any CNL Lab faculty member. Please note
that all application materials, including letters of recommendation,
should be submitted electronically if at all possible (PDF files
preferred). Application materials should be sent to Bill Idsardi, The last-resort mailing address is: CNL Post-doc
Search, c/o Bill Idsardi, Department of Linguistics, 1401 Marie Mount
Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Review of
applications will begin on March 24th, but the position will remain
open until filled.
Multiple Research Assistant/Fellowship Positions

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College
Park, is looking to fill up to three full-time positions for post-
baccalaureate researchers. Starting date for all positions is summer
or fall 2008. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The
positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are
interested in gaining significant research experience in a very
active lab as preparation for a research career. Applicants must be
US citizens or permanent residents, and should have completed a BA or
BS degree by the time of appointment. Previous experience in
linguistics is required, and relevant research experience is preferred.

Applicants may request to be considered for all positions. Review of
applications for all positions will begin immediately, and will
continue until the positions are filled. For best consideration,
completed applications should be received by March 14th.

Position #1: Research Assistant in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language

This person will take a leading role in research projects on the
cognitive neuroscience of language. The person will be involved in
all aspects of the design, testing and analysis of studies of
language comprehension in adults, using behavioral and
neuroscientific techniques, including ERP and MEG brain recordings
(training provided). The person will also play a key role in the
management of an active lab group. Previous experience in linguistics
and/or psycholinguistics is preferred. The ability to interact
comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a
distinct advantage. The position is for a one year initial
appointment, with the possibility of extension beyond that time. For
more information contact Dr Colin Phillips,, (301)

Positions #2-#3: Baggett Research Fellowships 2008-2009

One-year Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions intended for
individuals with a BA or BS degree who are interested in gaining
significant research experience in an active interdisciplinary
environment before pursuing graduate study in some area of
linguistics or cognitive science. One or two fellowship positions are
available for the 2008-2009 year. Salary is competitive, with
benefits included.

Applicants for all positions should submit a cover letter (outlining
relevant background and interests, including potential faculty
mentors), a current CV, and the names and contact information for 3
potential referees (letters are not needed as part of the initial
application), and a writing sample. Fuller details at http:// All application materials should be
submitted electronically to Jeff Lidz ( NOTE: Put
"Baggett Fellowship" in the subject line. Prospective fellows should
fel free to send a preliminary letter of interest to Dr Lidz or Dr
Phillips. Prospective fellows who are currently applying to MA and
Ph.D. programs should indicate this in their application, and should
inform us if they accept an offer from a graduate program and wish to
withdraw their application.
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab is a well-integrated
community of over 40 faculty, students and research staff, engaged in
research on a wide variety of areas of language, ranging from
acoustics to semantics, in children and adults, normal and disordered
populations, and covering around 10 languages. The lab has facilities
for behavioral testing of children and adults, two eye-tracking labs,
a high-density ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility. The lab is
affiliated with the Departments of Linguistics and Biology, and with
the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program.

The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunities Title IX employer. Women and minority candidates are
especially encouraged to apply.

1 comment:

Bill Idsardi said...

OK, it's a bit embarrassing to get scooped on this by TB West.