Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language – BCBL- (San Sebasti├ín, 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 Richer (BCBL), Nicola Molinaro (BCBL). The expected time frame is one year with a possible extension to another year.

The project is based upon a set of EEG and 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: April 15th, 2019.

To submit your application please follow this link: http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for EEG_MEG Postdoc 2019_02 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 (ram.frost@mail.huji.ac.il) and/or Craig Richter at the BCBL (craiggrichter@gmail.com).

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Postdoc position available in the O-Lab at Duke University


We are looking for a highly motivated early-career scientist to join the O-Lab, led by Prof. Tobias Overath, in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University. Work in our lab investigates how sounds, from simple sinusoids to complex speech signals, are processed in the human brain, using a combination of behavioral (psychoacoustics) and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG, ECoG) to track the underlying neural processes. Current projects investigate the transformation from acoustic to linguistic analysis of temporal speech structure, online measures of statistical learning, and optimization of cochlear implant coding strategies. 

Applicants should have recently completed a graduate degree in auditory neuroscience (broadly construed) or a related field, ideally using neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, M/EEG, ECoG). Strong computational skills are essential (Matlab, Python), as are good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a research team. Interested candidates should have established a track record of publications from their graduate studies and demonstrated the motivation to pursue a successful career in science and academia.

Duke University provides a vibrant, highly connected scientific environment, with many relevant departments and interdisciplinary initiatives (e.g. Departments of NeurobiologyBiomedical Engineering,Electrical and Computer EngineeringCenter for Cognitive Neuroscience,Duke Institute for Brain SciencesBrain Imaging and Analysis Center). In addition, the Research Triangle area (Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh) boasts a wealth of research initiatives.

Applications will be reviewed until February 15, 2019, or until the position is filled. The prospective start date is August 2019. Interested candidates should contact Tobias Overath informally via email: t.overath@duke.edu

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

PhD scholarship/stipends: Language, Cognition and Brain Sciences Laboratory Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia.

Applications are invited for PhD scholarship/stipends for projects with the Language, Cognition and Brain Sciences Laboratory (http://www.langcogbrain.net) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia.

Research in the lab makes use of a range of methodologies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electrophysiology (intracranial and scalp-recorded EEG), transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation (TMS & tDCS), and behavioural paradigms, in both healthy and neurologically disordered populations. Current projects involve research into the cognitive and neural mechanisms of healthy language production and comprehension, intracranial EEG in candidates for epilepsy surgery, and aphasia following stroke and surgery for brain tumours in children and adults.

Applicants interested in the PhD scholarships should discuss potential projects with Prof Greig de Zubicaray (greig.dezubicaray@qut.edu.au), Assoc Prof Katie McMahon (k21.mcmahon@qut.edu.au)  and Dr Sonia Brownsett (sonia.brownsett@qut.edu.au) before submitting an application. Candidates should have an excellent written and spoken command of English.

How to apply:
Applicants need to apply by 15 February 2019 (AEST).

Eligible applicants will:

  • have completed a postgraduate qualification from the United Kingdom, European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Russian Federation, Canada and United States of America
  • the postgraduate qualification must have been administered and assessed in English and must include a significant research component and thesis (at least 25 percent of the total degree).

Successful scholarship applicants will receive a:

  • living stipend valued at AU$27,596pa in 2019 and indexed annually
  • applicants meeting criteria for academic excellence are eligible for an additional top-up scholarship at AU$5,000pa
  • tuition fees offset or sponsorship
  • research support allowance of AU$4,500
  • opportunity to apply for Grant-in-Aid travel funding up to AU$2,000

For information, please visit: https://www.seek.com.au/job/38102426

Further information:

Please contact our Research Services Office if you have any questions about our courses and scholarships:

phone +61 (0)7 3138 8290 or email health.research@qut.edu.au