Monday, February 20, 2017

Pre- and post-doctoral research positions in MEG research in the NYU Neuroscience of Language Lab (PIs Pylkkänen & Marantz in New York or Abu Dhabi)

The NYU Neuroscience of Language Lab ( has openings for research scientists, which could be realized either as pre-doctoral RAships or as a post-doc. The RAs could be based either in our Abu Dhabi or New York labs. A post-doctoral fellow would be based in Abu Dhabi.

A BA/BS, MA/MS or PhD in a cognitive science-related discipline (psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, etc.) or computer science is required. 

The hired person would ideally have experience with psycho- and neurolinguistic experiments, a background in statistics and some programming ability (especially Python and Matlab). A strong computational background and knowledge Arabic would both be big plusses.  

The pre/post-doc's role will depend on the specific qualifications of the person hired, but will in all cases involve MEG research on structural and/or semantic aspects of language. 

In Abu Dhabi, salary and benefits, including travel and lodging, are quite generous. We are looking to start these position in summer 2017. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately. 

To apply, please email cover letter, CV and names of references to Liina Pylkk√§nen at and Alec Marantz at For the RAships, please indicate if you have a preference for either Abu Dhabi or New York. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University

Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health beginning July 1, 2017. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. This will be a two-year appointment. Individuals may seek training in any of the following overarching areas: (1) Foundational; (2) Developmental Disorders; (3) Neurological and Degenerative Disorders. Potential mentors include: Alexander Francis, Stacey Halum, Michael Heinz, Jessica Huber, David Kemmerer, Keith Kluender, Ananthanarayan (Ravi) Krishnan, Laurence Leonard, Amanda Seidl, Preeti Sivasankar, Elizabeth Strickland, Christine Weber, and Ronnie Wilbur. Applicants are encouraged to contact appropriate individuals on this list prior to submitting an application. A description of the research areas of these potential mentors can be found at Application materials should include a statement of interest including desired research trajectory, three letters of recommendation, a curriculum vitae, and copies of relevant publications.  These materials should be sent to Elizabeth A. Strickland, Project Director, at  Deadline for submission of applications is February 28, 2017. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Position in Basal Ganglia-Cortical Coding of Speech


Two postdoctoral positions are available in the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Neurosurgery and Psychology. The research involves the use of invasive deep brain electrical recording and stimulation in patients with Parkinson’s disease to study subcortical contributions to speech production. One of the Postdoctoral Associates will work closely with a mentorship team led by Dr. Mark Richardson and the other will work closely with a mentorship team led by Julie Fiez.  Support for this position comes from a recently awarded BRAIN Initiative grant (Research Opportunities Using Invasive Neural Recording and Stimulating Technologies in the Human Brain, U01), for which Dr. Richardson is the PI. Other co-Investigators include Tom Mitchell and Lori Holt (CMU), Diane Litman, Rob Turner, Sue Shaiman and Mike Dickey (Pitt), Stan Anderson and Nathan Crone (JHU).

Research Description:

An abstract of the U01 grant can be found here:

A major strength of this project is the complimentary nature of extensive, multi-disciplinary expertise from team members at the University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins University and Carnegie Mellon University. This combined expertise allows us to employ a novel combination of classical analytic methods and more recent machine learning methods for supervised and exploratory analyses to document the neural dynamics of basal ganglia and cortical activity during speech production.

Job Responsibilities:

Assume an integrated role in all aspects of 1) administration of behavioral protocols, 2) intraoperative speech data collection, with advisory role for pre- and post-surgical data collection, 3) data analysis performed independently, including application of speech processing and machine learning algorithms to analyze collected data, and 4) manuscript and grant writing.


Ph.D. in computational neuroscience, computer science, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, communication science, engineering, bioengineering, or equivalent; previous research experience in computational neuroscience, neurolinguistics, or speech-language processing desired, along with expertise in MATLAB, acoustic signal processing and behavioral studies of human speech.

Interested Candidates please send a Cover Letter and CV to Corrie Durisko at​