Thursday, August 22, 2019

Professorship to run MEG Center in Frankfurt

The Medical Faculty of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Brain Imaging Center, invites applications for the following position as public employee, starting at the next possible date:

Professorship (W2) for Magnetoencephalography

The successful candidate is expected to represent this subject in research and teaching. The holder of the position will be the scientific head of the Magnetoencephalography Unit (275-channel CTF MEG system) at the Brain Imaging Center (BIC). The BIC pursues research on the structure and function of the human brain. It is based on a cooperation between the Goethe University, the Max Planck Institute of Empirical Aesthetics, and the Ernst Strüngmann Institute.

The professorship will strengthen the MEG-related scientific focus of the BIC. Prerequisite for the application is a university degree, doctorate and habilitation or proof of equivalent scientific achievements. The candidate is expected to have an excellent scientific record with international publications and successful acquisition of grants in the field of magnetoencephalography. The applicant is required to cooperate with and support the research of the other member institutions of the BIC, and further neuroscientific research groups located at the university or other research centers. Participation in general duties, as well as in university academic self-administration, is expected.

The salary for the position is based on “W2” on the German university scale, including performance bonuses that are object of negotiation. Goethe University is committed to increasing the proportion of female faculty and therefore especially encourages women to apply. Applications of scientists from abroad are explicitly requested. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments, please see:

Researchers with an excellent record in research and teaching are invited to submit their application in English or German according to the guidelines of the Faculty of Medicine at Goethe University (preferably as a single PDF document, including a CV, publication list, information on third party funding, a list of teaching activities and a framework for future research at Goethe University Frankfurt) until 23 September 2019 to the Dean of the Medical Faculty, Goethe University Frankfurt, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt am Main or via e-mail to: Application documents will not be returned after the procedure has been completed.

For application guidelines, please see:

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Postdoc at MaxPlanck & NYU in the MPS-NYU Center for Language, Music, and Emotion (

The Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, investigates aesthetic experience from various perspectives. In the new Max Planck-NYU Center for Language, Music and Emotion ( an international team of researchers investigates these foundational human experiences from novel perspectives, linking language, music, emotion, memory, and decision-making. The Center is comprised of interconnected and interdisciplinary research groups (in Frankfurt and New York) that capitalize on the expertise and resources of the participating scientists across the sites.

The Frankfurt site of CLaME seeks a
Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

to focus on research that capitalizes on the ArtLab ( and to develop an independent research program that investigates groups. This unique research facility offers the infrastructure to set up physiological experiments with more than 40 participants.

Applicants should hold a PhD degree, have an excellent record in their respective disciplines, be excited to work on group studies, be interested in cooperation across disciplines as well as with researchers at the NYU CLaME site, and be prepared to work in a multilingual, international environment. The postdoc will collaborate with researchers at the NYU site of CLaME to work on projects on music, language, emotion, and neuroscience.

Further Qualifications:
·       Evidence of completion of projects
·       Exceptional curiosity to develop studies on large groups (and the necessary hardware and software) – experience required
·       Very strong coding and quantitative skills
·       PhD. in neuroscience, social psychology, cognitive science, psychology, and/or music with a strong background in engineering
·       Robust sense of humour and patience

Salaries of Postdocs are determined following the salary scale E 13 (German TVÖD/Bund*). Substantial social benefits come on top of the salary.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Questions about the position can be addressed to David Poeppel: . Please submit your application including a CV, three publications, a 2-page research proposal, and three references via e-mail – preferably in pdf format - no later than September 15, 2019, to:
*Collective Wage Agreement for the Federal Civil Service

Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik
Grüneburgweg 14
60322 Frankfurt am Main

Postdoc at Duke -- ECoG with Cogan

The Cogan Lab (PI: Gregory Cogan) at Duke University is seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to join the lab.

Research in the lab focuses on understanding the neural computations that underlie speech, language, and cognition. We use a combination of invasive recordings in adult and pediatric epilepsy patients: stereo-electroencephalography - SEEG, and electrocorticography – ECoG, and non-invasive recordings in healthy participants: electroencephalography – EEG. We also collaborate closely with the Viventi Lab ( - Department of Biomedical Engineering) to develop high density/channel count micro-electroencephalography (µECoG - < 2 mm spacing, up to 1024 channels) to record from functional neurosurgery patients (e.g. epilepsy, movement disorders, tumor patients) to better understand the micro-scale of human cognition. See the lab website for more information:

The role entails investigating speech and related phenomena using both invasive and non-invasive electrophysiological recordings. The lab takes a cognitive systems-level approach to understanding the neural computations that underlie speech and auditory cognition. See examples of previous work here: 

The ideal candidate has an interest in speech/language, and has obtained (or about to obtain) a PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering, or a related field. Proficiency in Matlab and/or Python and experience with electrophysiological signal analysis is required, and a strong computational background (e.g. machine learning, encoding/decoding analyses) is preferred. 
Duke University is an excellent and highly interdisciplinary place for research. Collaborators span multiple departments/institutes including Biomedical Engineering, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Department of Neurology. 
The position is open until filled. Interested applicants can send a CV, a brief statement of interest, as well as contact information for two references to:

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Funded PHD candidate position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)

Funded PHD candidate position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)

The BCBL invites applications for four 4-year full-time Ph.D positions in Cognitive Neuroscience funded by the Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Universities, within the call “Ayudas Predoctorales Severo Ochoa 2019” (to be opened in the fall 2019). The thesis projects/positions will be included in the following research lines:
  •  One PhD position: Neurobiological indices of language development in infancy (under the supervision of Dr. Marina Kalashnikova). This research line investigates the neurobiological indices of language ability in young infants from 0 to 2 years of age, and their interaction with a variety of endogenous and environmental factors. This program aims to identify the earliest reliable predictors of individual children’s language outcomes in early and later childhood. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop an individual project within this research program and will have access to a large database of monolingual and bilingual infants acquiring Spanish and Basque and a state-of-the-art BabyLab equipped with behavioral (visual preference, eye-tracking), neurophysiological (EEG), and functional neuroimaging (fNIRS) techniques specialized for infancy research. 
Application requirements: Applicants should have a Master’s (or equivalent Honours) degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Linguistics, and/or neighboring areas. The applicants must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills in English (knowledge of Spanish and/or Basque is not a requirement). Previous experimental experience in developmental research is an asset (but not required). For further information about this position, contact Dr. Marina Kalashnikova (

  •  One Ph.D position: Language processing in brain damage and aphasia (under the supervision of Dr. Simona Mancini). This research line focuses on the study of language comprehension and production in brain-damaged patients and on the development of computerized diagnostic and training tools for aphasic patients. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on an individual project within this research line. She/he will have access to clinical populations and to a state-of-the-art lab with behavioral, eye-tracking, EEG and MRI equipment.
Application requirements: Applicants should have a Master’s (or equivalent Honours) degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Linguistics, and/or neighboring areas. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required, as well as a good level of written and oral Spanish. Previous experience in experimental research is an asset (but not required). For further information about this position, contact Dr. Simona Mancini (

  •  Two Ph.D positions: Neuroimaging methods for cognitive and clinical neuroscience (under the supervision of Dr. César Caballero-Gaudes). This research line investigates the development of novel advanced neuroimaging methods and algorithms, mainly using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), that enable to address new questions in the study of human brain physiology, function and structure and its relationship with cognition in healthy subjects and patients (Parkinson’s Disease, aphasia, stroke or with brain tumors). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop an individual Ph.D project within this research program. She/he will have access to state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities (MRI, fNIRS, MEG and EEG) and physiological and behavioral monitoring equipment, and will acquire a profound knowledge of their use throughout the research project.
Application requirements: Applicants should have a Master’s (or equivalent Honours) degree in Engineering (biomedical, electrical, signal processing are preferred), Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and/or neighboring areas. A good knowledge and previous experience in scientific programming with R, Python or Matlab, and shell scripting are essential. Previous experience in experimental research with neuroimaging techniques (MRI, EEG, MEG or fNIRS) is an asset (but not required). Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required, and knowledge of Spanish is beneficial in the daily life (but not in BCBL, where Spanish lessons are given weekly). For further information about these positions, contact Dr. César Caballero-Gaudes (

To submit your application, please follow this link:, applying for “SO_PhD2019” and upload before September 15th, 2019:
  •  A curriculum vitae 
  •  A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position (1 page maximum)
  •  Two letters of recommendation
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview. Official submission of proposals will have to be done through the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities website once the call is open (fall 2019). Contact point at the BCBL for all this process: Ana Fernández (

Monday, July 22, 2019

POSTDOCTORAL position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language

POSTDOCTORAL position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language – BCBL- (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) is offering a postdoctoral position focused on the neurobiological basis of predictive processing and statistical learning.

The main project will focus on the oscillatory correlates of predictive processing in vision and audition with a special focus on neural entrainment phenomena and top-down control. The project is part of a collaborative research effort of the BCBL with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem funded by the ERC with PIs: Ram Frost (Hebrew U), Craig Richter (BCBL), and Nicola Molinaro (BCBL). The expected time frame is one year with a possible extension to July 2021.

The project is based upon a set of MEG experiments that will be designed to uncover the neural mechanisms supporting predictive processing – across sensory modalities and cognitive domains. The long-term goal is to evaluate the role that such predictive skills play in second language learning, and how these are implemented neurobiologically.

We are interested in candidates with a high level of independence, familiarity with EEG or MEG, as well as computing tools (Python/Matlab). Candidates should demonstrate a convincing publication record.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers studying the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying statistical learning, predictive processing and language learning, and research will be carried out primarily at the BCBL, with stays at the and Hebrew U.

Deadline: September 15th, 2019.

To submit your application please follow this link:, applying for MEG Postdoc 2019 and upload:

1. A curriculum vitae.

2. A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000 characters max).

3. Two reference letters submitted directly by the referees through the outline system.

 For more information about the specifics of the position, please contact Ram Frost ( and/or Craig Richter at the BCBL (

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow position at the University of South Carolina

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available at the University of South Carolina, under the direction of Prof. William Matchin in the NeuroSyntax laboratory. The post-doc will help develop new projects and lead the acquisition, processing, and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data. They will also assist with the organization of the laboratory and coordination of laboratory members. We are particularly interested in candidates with a background in linguistics who are interested in projects at the intersection of linguistics and neuroscience. For more information about our research program, please visit

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. The position is for one year, renewable for a second year, and potentially further pending the acquisition of grant funding.

The postdoctoral associate will work in close association with the Aphasia Lab (headed by Dr. Julius Fridriksson) as part of the NIH-funded Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR). The NeuroSyntax lab is also part of the Linguistics program, the Neuroscience Community, and the Center for Mind and Brain at UofSC.

The University of South Carolina is in historic downtown Columbia, the capitol of South Carolina. Columbia is centrally located within the state, with a two-hour drive to the beach (including historic Charleston, SC) and the mountains (including beautiful Asheville, NC).

If you are interested in this position, please send an email to Prof. William Matchin your CV and a brief introduction to yourself, your academic background, and your research interests. You can find more details and apply online:


Multiple Postdoctoral research positions are available in the Tandon Lab at The University of Texas in Houston as part of the newly formed Texas Institute of Restorative Technology (TIRN) Institute. Positions are funded either via multi-year Institute funding or by NIH funds (U01 and R01). The lab uses multimodal approaches – fMRI, lesional analysis following epilepsy surgery, intracranial recordings and direct stimulation to create and validate network level representations of language. Lab Collaborators include Greg Hickok (UCI), Stanislas Dehaene (NeuroSpin), Nathan Crone (JHU), Simon Fisher Baum (Rice) and Xaq Pitkow (Rice-Baylor); the post-doc will benefit from a close interaction with these experts in the fields of reading, semantics, speech production and computational neuroscience.

The selected individual must have a Ph.D. in one or more of the following: neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, mathematics, electrical engineering or computer science. Previous experience in neural time series data analysis, functional imaging studies of language, or studies of speech production are desirable – but not crucial. They must also be able to independently code in any or all of the following: MATLAB, R or Python.

They are expected to be highly motivated, team players with a passion to study cognitive processes using any or all of the various modalities available in the lab – imaging, direct recordings and closed-loop cortical stimulation – in humans. Given the multiple unpredictable variables and privacy issues around data collection in human patients, the individual must possess high ethical and professional standards and be adaptable. A strong publication record and excellent academic credentials are highly desirable.


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