Friday, March 25, 2016

Postdoctoral position, Center for Language Science, The Pennsylvania State University

The Center for Language Science (CLS) at The Pennsylvania State University ( invites applications for 1-2 postdoctoral positions. The CLS is home to a cross-disciplinary research program that includes the NSF training program, Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): Bilingualism, mind, and brain: An interdisciplinary program in cognitive psychology, linguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. The program provides training in research on bilingualism that includes an international perspective and that exploits opportunities for collaborative research conducted with one of our international partner sites in the UK (Bangor, Wales), Germany (Braunschweig), Spain (Granada and Tarragona), The Netherlands (Nijmegen), Sweden (Lund), and China (Hong Kong and Beijing) and in conjunction with our two domestic partner sites at Haskins Labs and the VL2 Science of Learning Center at Gallaudet University. We welcome applications from candidates with preparation in any of the disciplines that contribute to our program. The successful candidate will benefit from a highly interactive group of faculty whose interests include bilingual language processing, language acquisition in children and adults, language contact, and aging, among other topics. Applicants with interests in these topics and with an interest in extending their expertise within experimental psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience are particularly welcome to apply. There is no expectation that applicants will have had prior experience in research on bilingualism but we expect candidates to make a commitment to gain expertise in research on bilingualism using a variety of behavioral and/or neuroscience methods, including fMRI and ERPs. There is also a possibility of teaching one course during the academic year in the Program in Linguistics. Questions about faculty research interests may be directed to relevant core training faculty: Psychology: Michele Diaz, Ping Li, Janet van Hell, and Dan Weiss; Spanish: Rena Torres Cacoullos, Matt Carlson, Giuli Dussias, John Lipski, Marianna Nadeu, and Karen Miller; Communication Sciences and Disorders: Carol Miller and Chaleece Sandberg; German: Carrie Jackson, Mike Putnam, and Richard Page; French: Marc Authier and Lisa Reed. Administrative questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Michele Diaz: More information about the Center for Language Science (CLS), about the PIRE program, and faculty research programs can be found at or

The appointment will be for one year, with a start date as soon as June 1, 2016 and no later than August 1, 2016. Salary follows NSF/NIH guidelines. The PIRE funding requires that we restrict the search to US citizens only. Applicants should upload a CV, several reprints or preprints, and a statement of research interests. This statement should indicate two or more core faculty members as likely primary and secondary mentors and should describe the candidate`s goals for research and training during a postdoctoral position, including previous experience and directions in which the candidate would like to develop his/her expertise in the language science of bilingualism. Candidates interested in gaining teaching experience should include information on teaching experience and preparation. Additionally, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately to Sharon Elder at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position(s) are filled. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D by the time of appointment. Apply online at 

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

2nd Workshop on Psycholinguistic Approaches to Speech Recognition in Adverse Conditions

===  2nd Workshop on Psycholinguistic Approaches to Speech Recognition in Adverse Conditions  ===

31 October 2016 – 1 November 2016
Nijmegen, the Netherlands

The second workshop on Psycholinguistic Approaches to Speech Recognition in Adverse Conditions (PASRAC) will be held in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The workshop is a follow-up on the first workshop organised in Bristol in March 2010.

The aim of the two-day meeting is to bring together scientists from different disciplines, including psychology, linguistics, computer science, neuroscience, and cognitive science, working on the topic of speech recognition in adverse conditions.

Basic themes will be, but are not limited to:
- Sensory degradation
   * Extrinsic: Noise and other distortions, such as atypical speech, accented speech, conversational speech
   * Intrinsic: Hearing impairments and cochlear implants
- Incomplete knowledge (L1-L2, adults-children)
- Limited processing resources (effort, dual tasking, divided attention, etc).

We are inviting abstracts (maximum length is 500 words, excluding references) for oral or poster presentations.

1 May 2016: Submission portal opens
1 June 2016: Registration opens
30 June 2016: Abstract submission deadline
31 July 2016: Notification of abstract acceptance

Ann Bradlow (Northwestern University, IL)
Sophie Scott (University College London, UK)

Helen Blank (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, UK)
Maria Chait (University College London, UK)
Antje Heinrich (MRC Institute of Hearing Research, UK)
Bob McMurray (University of Iowa, IA)
Bernd Meyer (Johns Hopkins University, MD / University of Oldenburg, Germany)
Kevin Munro (University of Manchester, UK)
Kathy Pichora-Fuller (University of Toronto, Canada)
Adriana Zekveld (VU University Medical Centre, the Netherlands)

Polina Drozdova (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
Florian Hintz (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
Sven Mattys (University of York, UK)
Odette Scharenborg (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

Helen Blank
Florian Hintz
Sven Mattys
Bernd Meyer
Kathy Pichora-Fuller
Odette Scharenborg
Adriana Zekveld