Congratulations to Jon Sprouse!

The LSA is delighted to announce that Jon Sprouse (University of Connecticut) has been selected to receive the LSA’s inaugural C.L. Baker Award.  Established in 2019 through an endowment by the family of the late eponymous LSA member, the C.L Baker Award honors excellence for scholarship in syntax. It is to be awarded at least every other year to a mid-career linguist, with preference given to those who are 10-20 years post-PhD.  Read more about C.L. Baker and the endowment here.

The citation to accompany the award reads as follows:  “Jon Sprouse is an experimental syntactician whose work is characterized by imagination, innovation, care, and respect for the facts. He has made methodological contributions of central importance, enabling syntacticians to base their theoretical work on a much more secure empirical foundation. He has also made contributions of central importance to some of the core issues in syntax and linguistic theory more broadly – concerning the nature of island-hood and (in collaboration with Lisa Pearl) the theory of learnability.”

The award will be given during a ceremony on Saturday, January 4, 2020 during the LSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

https://www.linguisticsociety.org/news/2019/10/16/connecticut-scholar-receive-inaugural-cl-baker-award

Postdoctoral Training Program at the Yale Child Study Center

Research Training Program in Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders at the Yale Child Study Center

Our postdoctoral training program seeks to support the development of the next generation of translational researchers, who are committed to discovering disease-related genes, key environmental factors, biomarkers, and to developing novel treatments and preventive interventions in developmental neuroscience and psychiatry. We train scientists from both basic and the clinical sciences for independent careers as field leading investigators. A major focus of the training is to promote dialogue across disciplines and emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary teams. Trainees are typically funded for two years and are required to commit at least 90% of their time to research.

 During the fellowship, mentees train under internationally recognized principal investigators. It includes didactic work, participation in ongoing funded projects, and independent research. A central characteristic of the Program is its diversity and openness to all kinds of developmental scientists (we encourage applications from PhD or MD candidates from any area of specialty with relevance to Developmental Science and/or Developmental Psychopathology). Participating faculty are leading experts in typical development, psychopathology, cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology, genetics and public health.  We draw mentors from multiple departments at Yale including neurobiology, psychology, genetics, pediatrics, neurology, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and the uniquely multidisciplinary Child Study Center.

 New appointments typically being July 1 of each year. Applicants must be US citizens or hold a permanent U.S. Resident Visa (“Green Card”). Applicants must have their PhD or MD by July 1 for the start year to be considered for this training program.

 How to Apply:

Applications are due by December 1st for a July 1st start date, the following year.

Applications must include:

1) Statement of research interests and career goals (two pages total); 2) Curriculum Vita; 3) three letters of reference; 4) 1-3 writing samples, preferably from a peer reviewed manuscript (published or in press).

 Send Application materials electronically to Michael Crowley (michael.crowley@yale.edu) with the subject line: T32 Application

Letter writers should send materials electronically to michael.crowley@yale.edu, with the subject line: T32 Reference

https://medicine.yale.edu/childstudy/education/advanced/research/t32/

Head of Research at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (part-time position)

The Bay Area Discovery Museum has a unique opportunity for a head of research to oversee their research agenda and guide program and curriculum development at the museum. The position summary is below and you can learn more about the position and apply at:
POSITION SUMMARY
The Bay Area Discovery Museum seeks a Head of Research to oversee its research agenda and align with our mission to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. This position is responsible for providing staff with the theoretical and scholarly foundation of knowledge on a range of topics including creativity development and STEM learning for young children pulling from the academic fields of psychology, education, and neuroscience.
Reporting to the Director of STEM Learning and Innovation, the Head of Research is responsible for authoring original research publications that are gleaned from studies conducted onsite at BADM or synthesized from the most innovative, influential, and recent research for a range of audiences including parents, educators, and museum professionals. Additionally, this position cultivates research partnerships with leading academic and industry partners to establish the museum as a thought leader in early childhood development.
BADM has gained a reputation as an institution that values research not only to improve our museum offerings, but to also give back to the field. Many educators across a variety of disciplines (libraries, museums, preschools, etc.) utilize the myriad of resources that the REI department disseminates to help make the case for early childhood education as one of the best investments that our society can make. If you are passionate about communicating
research and putting it into the hands of adults that influence the lives of children across the country, this position provides a unique opportunity to do just that.
This is a part-time (24 hours/week), benefits-eligible position with a schedule to be determined.
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Helen Shwe Hadani, Ph.D. | Fellow
Center for Universal Education | Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking
The Brookings Institution
530.220.0453 | hhadani@brookings.edu

Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available at FIU

Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available

The Project on Language and Spatial Development (https://plsd.fiu.edu,  PI: Dr. Shannon Pruden) and the Brain and Behavioral Development Lab (https://bbdl.fiu.edu,  PI: Dr. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland) in Florida International University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) and Department of Psychology are seeking to hire one (1) talented post-doctoral scholar with excellent writing and analytic skills, interested in gaining training and publishing skills while collaborating on an exciting new NICHD-funded study examining the neuroscience of spatial development. Located within an international, multicultural urban setting, the Center for Children and Families, a Preeminent Program at FIU and the Department of Psychology, ranked 9th in the country for research funding, offers a stimulating research environment full of collaborative and networking opportunities.

The current project involves evaluating individual differences in the development of neural changes related to typically-developing children’s spatial abilities between the ages of 4 to 6 years. The position involves the collection and analysis of spatial navigation, eyeblink conditioning, and structural MRI data, managing data collection, and preparing manuscripts. This project will use state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at FIU’s Center for Imaging Science (https://cismri.fiu.edu), where a new 3T Siemens Magnetom Prisma MRI scanner is housed. Candidates with experience in working with child populations and having experience with, and/or interest in learning, MRI data collection and analysis are especially encouraged to apply. 

 The candidate will be mentored in leading independent research projects including grant applications and publishing with a highly productive research team. The close partnership and collaboration with experts in Developmental Science (Dr. Shannon Pruden, Dr. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland, Dr. Anthony Dick), Cognitive Neuroscience (Dr. Aaron Mattfeld, Dr. Anthony Dick, Dr. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland) and Quantitative Psychology (Dr. Timothy Hayes) allows for unique opportunities for professional development and interdisciplinary training. The breadth of training experiences will be useful for a variety of academic career paths. 

 Desired Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field at the start of their appointment. 

The position is currently open and the initial position duration is for at least 2 years with possibility of renewal (based upon performance). Review of applications will be ongoing with an initial deadline for applications by November 30, 2019 and invitations for interviews made shortly thereafter with a targeted start date in January/February 2020 (start date is negotiable). Salary will be determined according to NIH pay scale.

 Interested applications should send a cover letter, CV, research statement, two representative published research articles, and contact information for three references, with postdoc application in subject line, to Dr. Shannon Pruden, sdick@fiu.edu

 FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Postdoctoral Fellowships at Penn

Penn’s MindCORE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Penn’s MindCORE (Mind Center for Outreach, Research, and Education) seeks to recruit outstanding postdoctoral researchers for our Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Scholars. Housed within the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, MindCORE is an interdisciplinary effort to understand human intelligence and behavior. MindCORE officially launched January 2018 with the aim to unite researchers, programs, and initiatives involving human intelligence and behavior across the University, and with roots in the success of the former Institute for Research in Cognitive Science.
 
Designed for individuals who have recently obtained a PhD degree in psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy or other cognitive science discipline, the MindCORE Fellowship is a springboard for young researchers as they establish their own research program. Fellows are also encouraged to pursue collaborative research with faculty working across disciplines at Penn.
 
Fellows receive a competitive salary and health insurance plus a modest research budget. Fellows also benefit from access to the greater community of academics including visiting scholars plus leading research facilities equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation all on an urban campus in a vibrant city. Fellows are invited to join regular working group meetings within their field plus career development workshops aimed at young researchers, and will be provided with a mentoring committee. Funding is provided in one-year terms renewable for up to three years.
 
MindCORE seeks to award 2 post-doctoral Fellowships per year. Positions may start as early as July 1, 2020.
 
Applications will be reviewed beginning January 3, 2020, continuing until positions are filled. For eligibility and details, please visit:
 
https://mindcore.sas.upenn.edu/post-doctoral-research-fellowship/
 
For a list of faculty members and associates affiliated with MindCORE, please see:
 
https://mindcore.sas.upenn.edu/people/faculty-and-associates/
 
Penn Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Penn Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships are competitive programs intended to increase the diversity of the academic research community at the University of Pennsylvania. The organization seeks to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experiences, research experiences and employment backgrounds will contribute significantly to its academic mission.
 
Fellows starting in July 2020 will receive a stipend of $54,000 a year in year 1 with $2,000 increases in years 2 and 3. Additionally, the fellow will receive annual allowances for travel ($2,000) and research ($5,000), and a one-time relocation expense of up to $5,000. The University also provides a medical, vision, dental and life insurance benefits package. Consistent with the University’s postdoc policy, appointments are for one year. Renewals to the second and third year of the program are made annually and will be based on satisfactory performance and mutual agreement between the fellow and the postdoc’s primary mentor.
 
Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at Penn. STEM applications are encouraged. The program is designed to provide postdocs with time to focus on research and publishing activities that will enhance their career prospects for either a faculty appointment in an academic institution or in other sectors of the economy such as industry, government or nonprofit organizations.
Start dates will be arranged in consultation with the faculty mentor and will begin as early as July 2020.
Applications are due November 1, 2019 at 5pm. For eligibility and details, please visit:
https://research.upenn.edu/postdocs-and-students/postdoctoral-fellowships/
 
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Anna Papafragou
Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania
https://www.langcoglab.com

Call for Postdoctoral Fellows

The Harvard University Data Science Initiative is seeking applications for its Harvard Data Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellows Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. The duration of the Fellowship is two years. Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as an annual allocation for research and travel expenses.

We are looking for researchers whose interests are in data science, broadly construed, and including researchers with both a methodological and applications focus. Fellows will be provided with the opportunity to pursue their research agenda in an intellectually vibrant environment with ample mentorship. We are looking for independent researchers who will seek out collaborations with other fellows and with Harvard faculty.

The Harvard Data Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellows Program is supported by the Harvard Data Science Initiative. The Harvard Data Science Initiative involves faculty from across the University.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on December 2nd, 2019.

Post-doctoral fellowships at Georgia State University

Post-doctoral fellowships are available as part of the Center for Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language & Literacy (RCALL) at Georgia State University

RCALL is an innovative collaborative effort crossing colleges and departments. Our research is conducted by faculty and students from two colleges (Arts & Sciences and Education & Human Development) and ten departments including the departments of Applied Linguistics, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Learning Sciences, and Psychology.

We have a distinctive interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program focused on the acquisition of language and literacy in children and adults. Our research programs address not only basic conceptual and methodological issues in the area of language and literacy acquisition, but also the design and evaluation of interventions that may help individuals overcome challenges in the acquisition of language and literacy. Fellows will work with interdisciplinary teams on one or more funded research projects.

As part of the university’s Next Generation initiative, the two-year fellowship will provide trainees with intensive training in intervention research with special populations, analyses of existing databases using advanced statistical techniques, and in professional development, including grant writing and professional presentations and publication. We are seeking individuals who bring cutting edge skills (e.g., in adaptive technologies, virtual reality, neuroimaging, complex methods of analyses) to their own programs of research.

Competitive two year fellowships are currently available. To apply, please submit your cv, research statement, examples of publications, and three letters of recommendation either electronically to Keneé Stephens at kstephens@gsu.edu, with the subject line “RCALL Post-Doctoral Search” or mail to Attn. Ms. Keneé Stephens, Georgia State University, Language & Literacy Initiative, P.O. Box 5010, Atlanta, GA 30302-5010, USA. The review of applications will continue until the positionisfilledwithreviewtostartonOctober15th. Formoreinformation,viewourwebpage:www.researchlanglit.gsu.edu or contact Program Co-Directors, Dr. Rose A. Sevcik (rsevcik@gsu.edu) or Dr. Julie Washington (jwashington@gsu.edu).

An offer of employment will be conditional on background verification. Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Looking for Phd Students and Postdoc

Looking for highly motivated Postdoc Fellow for a newly funded NIH project

The Neuroimaging for Language, Literacy and Learning (NL3) Lab (https://www.thewanglab.com) invites applications for Ph.D. Student and Postdoc Fellow. The NL3 Lab led by Wang aims to use neuroimaging techniques to understand cognitive processes (Language, Literacy, and Learning) in the brain. We are located at the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior (CB3) of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). UNL was founded on February 15, 1869, and has been recognized by the Legislature as the primary research and doctoral degree-granting institution in the state for fields outside the health professions. CB3 (http://cb3.unl.edu) is housed within 30,000 square feet of dedicated space in Memorial Stadium, constructed in collaboration with Nebraska Athletics. CB3 is also close to the Holland Computing Center, home to the fastest supercomputing resources in the state. The facility’s centerpiece is a Siemens 3 Tesla Skyra scanner equipped with an MR-compatible 256-electrode high-density EEG system and an eye tracker. The center also features a salivary bioscience core facility, as well as several specialized laboratories, including NIRS, high-density EEG/ERP, eye tracking, psychophysiology, and genetics. There are currently 20 CB3 resident faculty and 35 additional CB3 affiliated faculty from across the UNL Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, Engineering, Journalism and Mass Communications, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Omaha campuses.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Qualifications for Postdoc Fellow: A Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, or related field is required. The successful candidate must have expertise in fNIRS data processing and analysis techniques and have passion in advancing cutting-edge technologies and algorithms used to complex fNIRS and BCI data. Expertise in techniques of functional MRI/MRI/DWI is not required but is highly desirable. The salary is based on experience and will be highly competitive. Your appointment of duties will be 100% research activities, including collection of fNIRS and BCI data, optimization of fNIRS data collection, and creation of fNIRS data analysis pipelines. You will be able to mentor students and collaborators as you develop your expertise in fNIRS and BCI.

How to apply: To be considered for this position, please email your most recent version of CV and one representative publication to yingying.wang@unl.edu. Please combine all required documents in one PDF file. Addition materials related to research are optional. Reference letters will be requested later in the process. If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Wang at yingying.wang@unl.edu or 402-472-0106

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

We also accept PhD student. If you are interested in doing a PhD in Human Science or Biomedical Engineering, please contact Dr. Wang at yingying.wang@unl.edu or 402-472-0106.

Postdoctoral Position in Neuroscience of Bilingualism

Postdoctoral Position in Neuroscience of Bilingualism Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral position in the Psychology of Language and Bilingualism Lab at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. The position is funded by the Polish National Science Centre grant Mechanisms of language control underlying bilingual speech production: fMRI investigation (PI: Dr. Zofia Wodniecka; the Co-Investigators are:  Dr. Marcin Szwed(UJ) and Dr. Jakub Szewczyk (University of Illinois) and Dr. Michele Diaz (Penn State University, USA).
 
The project investigates neural bases of language production in bilinguals and its primary methodology is fMRI. The focus will be on Polish-English bilinguals; some knowledge of Polish will be an asset, but is not essential. Most importantly, we are looking for an innovative postdoctoral candidate with a strong background in cognitive neuroscience, computer science or related fields. The length of the appointment will depend on the start date of employment, but at least 2 year commitment is required.  
 
Requirements: Candidates must have a Ph.D in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Computer Science or a related field, or they must have completed the Ph.D by the time of appointment. Other requirements include: prior experience in fMRI and sMRI data acquisition and analyses, strong scientific record (including high quality dissertation, publications in peer-reviewed journals), research interests in neurobiology of cognitive functions,  advanced statistical knowledge, extensive experience in planning and conducting experiments in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, fluency in English, and a documented ability to work well both independently and in a team. Prior experience in fMRI technique is strongly preferred. Strong statistical and programming skills (including knowledge of Unix commands) is a plus.

Applications should include: 1) a CV (with min. 3 reference contacts and a publication record); 2) a cover letter with a statement of research experience, interests and the motivation to contribute to the project; 3) a copy of the diploma or statement about the dissertation progress and a planned date of its completion (signed by the Ph.D. supervisor); 4) pdfs of two most important publications.  

All applications should be sent by October 7th, 2019 to Dr. Zofia Wodniecka at zofia.wodniecka@uj.edu.pl.
 
The start date: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Interviews with selected candidates will be held either at the Institute of Psychology or via Skype. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Zofia Wodniecka.
 
IMPORTANT: An official call for this post can be found under the link. Please note that apart from the documents mentioned above, the candidate will be required to fill in Polish application forms (see the university HR website for details; download and sign the documents that have “Plik doc PL/EN” in the title).