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: