Friday, April 17, 2015

Doctoral Student Position – Neurodevelopment of speech-motor control

The Neurodevelopmental Speech Disorders Laboratory (PI Deryk Beal, PhD) at the University of Alberta invites applications for a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC - funded doctoral student position in the areas of developmental cognitive neuroscience, sensorimotor integration and speech-motor control.

The Neurodevelopmental Speech Disorders Laboratory provides a rich and multidimensional advanced doctoral training program. The lab is positioned within the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (, MR Research Centre ( ), Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research ( and Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The successful candidate will oversee neuroimaging and behavioural experiments detailing the neurodevelopment of sensorimotor control in children. Duties will include collection and analyses of behavioural data, functional and structural MRI and DTI data, preparation of manuscripts for publications and participation in reading groups, symposia and conferences. There are many very strong opportunities for meritorious-based authorship.

The successful applicant will have an undergraduate or master’s degree in a field related to cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, psychology, developmental psychology, medicine or speech pathology. Individuals with a background in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering or computer science will also be considered.

The candidate should be able to work efficiently, independently and diligently. The candidate should also possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and enjoy working as part of a diverse and energetic interdisciplinary team. Applicants are expected to have a strong academic track record and signficant skill with statistical analysis. Programming skills (MATLAB, C++; Python) and experience with at least one of the neuroimaging analyses programs (SPM, FSL, Freesurfer, ExploreDTI) are strongly desirable. 

Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2015. Successful candidates will participate fully in the activities of the laboratory including regular supervisory meetings, laboratory meetings and journal clubs. 

For consideration please send a statement of interest, a CV, unofficial transcripts and a list of three potential referees via email to Deryk Beal, PhD (

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