Postdoc Positions “Functional interaction between action sounds and action semantics.”

Full-time position for a post-doctoral scientist and 65% position for a PhD student

Berlin, Limited to 3 years


These positions are part of a new research project supported

by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which addresses the

functional interaction between action sounds and action



The neurobiological mechanisms of semantic

processing will be investigated with neuro- and

psycholinguistic methods.



  • Research on the biological basis of language and

communication with neuro- and psycholinguistic methods using

neuroimaging procedures (EEG/MEG, ECoG, fMRI, MS) and

behavioral experiments.

  • Planning, execution, evaluation and publication of

experiments on semantic processing



  • MA, MSc or comparable university degree in a relevant area

(linguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, medicine)

  • For the postdoc position: PhD in a relevant field



  • Research experience in the neuroscience of language
  • Very good English skills
  • In addition, for the postdoc position: readiness to take

on university teaching in neurolinguistics and semantics;

experience in university administration (e.g., grant



Applications should be sent by e-mail until 3 July 2017 to

the following address: (PA Prof.

Friedemann Pulvermüller) or by post to:


Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften

Institut für Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie

Prof. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller

Habelschwerdter Allee 45

14195 Berlin, Germany


By submitting an online application, you as an applicant

agree that your data will be electronically processed and


Please note that in the case of unprotected electronic

transmission of your application the Freie Universität

Berlin can give no guarantee for the security of transmitted

personal data.


Verena Arndt

Sekretariat Prof. Dr. Dr. Pulvermüller

FU Berlin, FB Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften, WE4

Labor für Gehirn- und Sprachforschung

Leitung: Prof. Dr. Dr. Pulvermüller

Habelschwerdter Allee 45

14195 Berlin

Tel. 030-83858140

Fax 030-838458140 <>





Multiple PhD/PostDoc positions available

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects” in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for 17 positions for PhD candidates and Postdocs available from July 2017 for a duration of four years (subject to funding commitment).

Language users exhibit a high degree of variability at all levels of the linguistic system, language use, and language development and change. This variability in language can be characterised as the range of different possible linguistic behaviours that are available to a language user, a language community, or in specific languages at any linguistic level. By exploring the systematicity and the limits of variability in linguistic behaviours, the main focus of the CRC will be on identifying the constraints of the underlying linguistic system. Several projects will jointly evaluate the limits, relations, dependencies, and commonalities of different types of variability across a range of linguistic phenomena from the perspectives of (A) language interaction and change, of (B) language processing, and of (C) grammatical systems. The CRC provides a fantastic research infrastructure including a large interdisciplinary network of researchers, its own graduate school, and funding opportunities for conference visits, summer schools, hosting international experts etc.

The University of Potsdam hosts leading groups in the field of linguistics and cognitive sciences ( Potsdam is an attractive historical city and its palaces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Potsdam is close to Berlin, a culturally vibrant city and home to a lively start-up scene. Both cities have a high quality of life at modest living costs.

A detailed description of the available positions and the respective requirements can be found here:

Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
Patholinguistics / Neurocognition of Language
Cognitive Sciences, Department Linguistics
University of Potsdam
Room II.14.2.39
Tel. ++49-331-9772932 (Sec.)

VolkswagenStiftung: Experiment! – In search of bold research ideas


The exploration of exceptionally daring new ideas is not yet really a focal point of the research agenda in Germany, as far as facing challenges and radically transforming common wisdom are concerned. This often requires to establish counterintuitive hypotheses as well as unconventional methodologies or technologies, and to focus on entirely new research approaches. The Volkswagen Foundation’s funding initiative ‘Experiment!’ tries to pave the way for fundamentally new research topics even though the outcome may be contingent. A concept failure as well as unexpected findings are an acceptable result.


  • Scope of Funding


The initiative addresses researchers in science and engineering as well as in the life sciences ***(including immediately neighboring disciplines in the behavioral sciences)***, who want to put a potentially transformative and risky research idea to the test. They are given the opportunity to demonstrate preliminary evidence for a concept’s potential during an exploratory phase which is limited to 18 months and up to 120,000 Euro. Towards the end of a grant the projects’ progress will be presented at the Foundation’s ‘Forum Experiment!’.

 Deadline: 5 July 2017

Read more here

  • Application: short application; anonymized jury selection plus lottery (test phase)
  • Additional benefits: funding for communication of science and research
  • How much: up to 120,000 Euro (flexible use)
  • How long: up to 18 months
  • Eligibility: postdoctoral researchers and professors in Germany, optionally international partners


Postdoc Opportunity in Berlin

Job offer for a postdoctoral researcher: Measuring human cognition and the brain using virtual reality

Full-time position for 2 years at the Max Planck Institut for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig -your office will be in central Berlin

Preferred starting date: August 1, 2017
Application deadline: May 31, 2017

Details here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Gaebler(

Please submit your application via our online system at (subject heading is “PD 11/17”). The deadline for application submission is May 31, 2017.

Last Call for LangFest registration

Please note that we have extended the deadline for registration and
poster presentations for Language Fest 2017 until Monday, April 3. If you are interested in presenting a poster, all you will need to provide at this time is a title and authors. We look forward to seeing you at the Fest!

Call for Seed Grant Applications

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS) is pleased to announce a new call for applications to its seed grant fund.

Full details (and forms for the required letter of intent) can be found on the Institute website. The seed fund is intended to fund activities in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (broadly construed) that are likely to lead to applications for external funding, or which otherwise contribute to the mission of the Institute. Preference will be given to activities that involve collaboration and expertise across laboratories and/or traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Applications for small grants (<$10,000) can be submitted at any time; applications in excess of $10,000 should be submitted by May 1st.

The Institute also invites applications for affiliate memberships.

PostDoc position available at Wesleyan University

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in the Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University

The Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University, directed by Dr. Anna Shusterman, is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to start on or before July 1, 2017. The Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University, headed by Dr. Anna Shusterman, is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow for an NSF-funded project on early number acquisition exploring the role of language and syntax in number acquisition. The post-doc will be responsible for working closely with the PI, a dedicated project manager, and undergraduate research assistants to carry out the goals of the study, as well as other projects including preschool mathematics, socio-emotional development, and research-to-practice translation in early childhood settings.

Primary Responsibilities
The post-doc will be involved in research design, data collection and analysis, subject recruitment, and management of grant/IRB/human subjects protocols; supervision of research assistants; manuscript preparation and editing; conference presentations; coordinating with collaborators in the US and abroad; and disseminating findings to non-science audiences. Travel will most likely be required.

The post-doc will also have time, support, and resources to develop and work on an independent research program.

Required Qualifications
Doctoral in Psychology or a related field.
Research background in cognitive or language development.
Demonstrated ability to work with children.
Experience with experimental research design and statistical analysis.
Proficiency with basic computer platforms (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
Proficiency with statistical analysis software and research tools (e.g., R, SPSS, PRISM, etc.).
Highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.
Able to take initiative and incorporate feedback.
Able & willing to travel.
Exceptional cultural sensitivity.
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Preferred qualifications include experience with preferential looking methodologies and past success in mentoring undergraduate research students. The ideal candidate will be self-directed and confident working both independently and with others in a busy and active research environment.

This is a one-year grant-funded position. Continuation of this position is dependent upon continued grant funding.

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references to Maddy Barclay ( In addition, please submit your application to

Register now for the IBACS Meet and Speak

Dear Research Community,

The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) invites you to a two-day “Meet and Speak” event on March 23rd and 24th where affiliated faculty (from the Storrs campus and UConn Health Center) will give 15 minute presentations describing, in accessible language, the research they have carried out, or propose carrying out, with seed funding previously awarded by IBACS. Graduate Students affiliated with the Institute will be performing short “datablitz” style presentations about their involvement in Seed Funded or related research.

The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the diverse research that IBACS affiliates are engaged in, and will provide a forum for cross-disciplinary networking.

The event will be held in The Great Room at the Alumni Center. More information about this event can be found here.

Lunch and other refreshments will be provided. Each day will start at approximately 9:00 (with coffee/tea) and finish at 3:30, with lunch from 12:30-1:30 and discussion/poster session between 2:30-3:30.

If you are interested in attending all or part of this 2-day event, please register by March 17 (space and food will be limited). Attendance at each session or each day is not required, and you will be able to specify on the registration form which morning(s) or afternoon(s) you can attend.

Click here to register.

External Application Review (EAR) announcement

Dear colleagues

IBACS is pleased to announce the formation of the External Application Review (EAR) panel. Our aim is to provide PIs with feedback on grant development in order to facilitate external funding efforts related to the Brain and Cognitive Sciences. We can also help organize more general grant mentoring for faculty with little grant writing experience — see the EAR page.

PIs may request EAR review at the link above. In brief, EAR will locate 2-3 appropriate reviewers for your application. By default, the EAR process has two stages. First, early on, you will meet with the reviewers and EAR representatives for an in-person presentation of the grant outline, allowing reviewers to help you identify strengths and weaknesses before the grant is fully developed. Second, reviewers and EAR representatives will review your written grant, providing you with mock reviews in time to strengthen your application prior to submission. Details about the process and deadlines can be found at the link above.

Please check out the details and consider letting EAR help you strengthen upcoming grants.


Joanne Conover, Physiology & Neurobiology
Monty Escabi, Biomedical Engineering
Eric Levine, Neuroscience (UCHC)
Eric Loken, Educational Psychology
Jim Magnuson, Psychological Sciences
Emily Myers, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
William Snyder, Linguistics