1 Postdoctoral position in Bilingualism in the BCBL to work on the project
Learning to read in two alphabets: typical development and reading disorders
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers 1 postdoctoral position in Bilingualism to work on the research project “Learning to read in two alphabets: typical development and reading disorders”
The position has a term of appointment of 3 years with a possible renewal.
This project addresses challenges related to the development of reading skills. One general objective is to understand school failure when children have to face learning in two alphabets, and how this phenomenon can be linked to reading deficits. Equally important, we also seek to develop insight about the factors that help many children succeed. The main goal of the project is to study the mechanisms of literacy acquisition in two alphabets (Arabic and Roman) and investigate the relationships between reading difficulties (dyslexia) in two very different languages (Arabic, English) that employ different alphabets (Arabic, Roman).
THE CENTER AND THE BENEFITS
The Fellow will join the BCBL (Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language – www.bcbl.eu). The Center promotes a rich research environment without 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, Linguistics, Psychology, or Cognitive Neuroscience, an excellent command of English and Arabic. Advanced skills in neuroimaging methods are desirable (not mandatory). We expect a strong interest for and motivation to work on the interplay of language, language disorders, bilingualism and multilingualism, the willingness to invest in interdisciplinary collaboration, and the ability to work in teams. Candidates should have a strong publication track record.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates should send their application by JUNE 15th, 2014. To submit your application please sign into the system and upload:
· a letter of motivation detailing the candidate's particular scientific experience, knowledge, competencies and interests
· a detailed curriculum vitae
· two academic letters of recommendation.