Friday, June 19, 2009


Brain Cognition and Language Lab, Department of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio

The Brain Cognition and Language lab at the University of Texas at San Antonio is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the area of cognitive neuroscience of language. The research emphasis will be in understanding adult real time language comprehension. The primary technique used is Event Related Potentials (ERP). The lab also recently acquired a state-of-the-art eye-tracking system. Dr. Nicole Wicha is head of the lab, as well as Chief of the ERP lab at the Research Imaging Center at UT Health Science Center - San Antonio, where a variety of imaging techniques are available, including PET, fMRI and TMS.

Dr. Wicha is an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, and received her PhD in Cognitive Science in 2002 from the University of California at San Diego, under the mentorship of Drs. Marta Kutas and Elizabeth Bates.

Dr. Wicha's lab has several active research lines, many with a bilingual focus, including comprehension of language switches, influences of L1 on L2 comprehension, and the basis of bilingual arithmetic, and more general questions, such as understanding the predictive nature of sentence comprehension, uncovering interactions between different levels of language processing and the intersection between language and other aspects of cognition.

Applicants must have a PhD and a strong background in the cognitive psychology or neuroscience of language, or related fields, as well as statistics and experimental design. Experience with eye tracking, ERP, EEG or other neuroimaging methodologies and analyses is preferable. Proficiency in Spanish, or another language, is beneficial.

This position is available immediately, and will be funded by NICHD SC1 HD060435. Salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines. UTSA is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse, cooperative work environment. Women, members of under-represented minority groups and individuals with physical disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply please send a CV, statement of research interests and 3 letters of references to:
Nicole Y. Y. Wicha, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas 78249-0662
(210) 458-7013

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