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Jobs & Student Opportunities

Latest postings July 2, 2014:

-  POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS: Sound perception, U. Pennsylvania (Yale Cohen)

- EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (Leipzig University)

Further details below.


POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS: Sound perception, U. Pennsylvania (Yale Cohen)

We are seeking highly motivated post-doctoral fellows to participate in a research program that tests the neural bases of sound perception. This research will be conducted at the University of Philadelphia. The goals of these projects are to test the contribution of various regions of the auditory cortex and prefrontal cortex to sound perception in non-human primates.

Candidates should have a PhD. Those with an MD will be considered but only if the candidates have a strong scientific background. A strong candidate will have experience in systems and computational neuroscience; recording and analysis of single- and multi-unit activity and local-field potentials from awake, behaving animals (in particular non-human primates); experience in training animals on operant tasks; analysis of behavioral data and electrophysiological data; computational-analysis skills; and programming skills. We are interested in individuals who have a good personality and can interact well with other members of the laboratory.

The positions are funded through two new R01s and are available immediately. One of the grants is funded to Yale Cohen. The second is funded to both Yale Cohen and Yonatan Fishman.

Salary will be based on experience and the NIH post-doctoral scale.

The University of Pennsylvania has an outstanding environment for neuroscience; in particular, systems and computational neuroscience. The environment is further enriched by the PIs’ ongoing collaborations with other members of the Penn Neuroscience community.

For more information or to apply, contact Yale Cohen (YaleECohen at ) or Yon Fishman (yonatan.fishman at Interested applicants should send a CV; a brief statement of research interests; and names of 2-3 referees.

Yale E. Cohen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Otorhinolaryngology:Head and Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
3400 Spruce - 5 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215 898 7504
FAX: 215 898 9994


EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (Leipzig University)

Six to ten month mobility fellowships in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (ACN), beginning November 1st, 2014 (application deadline September 15, 2014)
Complete the online application form:

The ERASMUS MUNDUS CAN student exchange network is recruiting graduate students and postdocs who work in the field of Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience to participate in transatlantic exchanges between the member universities and institutions.

Aim of the exchange network is to increase joint research activity between partner institutions in the EU and North America, increase student interest in the field of auditory cognitive neuroscience, and promote intercultural understanding through cooperation.

PhD students, postdocs and scientific staff members at all partner institutions are eligible to apply. Students are expected to conduct research with one of the exchange grant supervisors listed on the ‘Participating Scientists’ page or with another scientist at any member institution.

A brief checklist about what to watch out for:
-          Every grantee must be working as a PhD or a postdoc at one of the participating institutions/universities.
-          Every grantee must be actively pursuing research in the field of Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience.
-          Every grantee has to have EU citizenship if he or she wants to travel to North America or North American citizenship if she or he wants to travel to the EU (Important: exchange across the Atlantic!)
-          The minimum period of exchange is six months.
-          The exchange related to the second call has to start between November 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015.
-          Only complete applications can be considered.

Online application information available here:
ACN Student Exchange Network

Institute of Biology
Leipzig University
Talstrasse 33
04103 Leipzig, Germany
Email: acn <at>

5 POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS: Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, Ontario

The Brain and Mind Institute (BMI) at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada has funding available for 5 new postdoctoral fellows.  The BMI is recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutes in cognitive neuroscience and aims to understand how the brain allows us to perceive the world, makes sense of what we see and hear, remember the past and plan for the future, communicate our thoughts to others, choose goals, plan actions and carry those actions out.  The BMI has access to state-of-the-art facilities for cognitive neuroscience research, including magnetic resonance imaging (with research-dedicated 3T and 7T MRI scanners for fMRI, DTI, MRS, etc.), neurophysiology, human electrophysiology (EEG, ERP, EMG), neurostimulation (TMS, tDCS), cluster computing, access to a diverse range of clinical populations, human behavioral and kinematic testing equipment, and a sleep lab.

Potential applicants should contact one or more prospective advisors at BMI to discuss possibilities.  The postdoctoral salary will provide two years of salary split equally between BMI funding and grants from the advisor(s).

To apply please send the following to Denise Soanes <dsoanes4 <at>>: (1) the postdoctoral candidate’s CV; (2) two reference letters (sent directly to Denise Soanes by the referees); (3) a statement from the proposed advisor(s) indicating a willingness to support the applicant and to provide matching funds toward the salary and the proposed starting date; (4) a one-page description of the proposed project; and (5) one short paragraph indicating how the applicant and/or project will advance research at the BMI (which may include helping new faculty launch their labs, bringing new methodological or analytic expertise to the BMI, facilitating new collaborations between labs at BMI and/or other groups on campus, and/or recruiting excellent candidates to work on innovative projects). Questions about details of the application process should be sent to Denise Soanes <dsoanes4 <at>>.  Broader questions about the fellowships may be sent to Dr. Melvyn Goodale <mgoodale <at>>, Director of the BMI.

The deadline for applications for the first round of competition is July 1, 2014.
Dr Jessica Grahn
Brain and Mind Institute
Department of Psychology
Room 229, Natural Sciences Building
Western University
London, Ontario, N6A 5B7
jgrahn <at>


POSTDOCTORAL POSITION: Cognitive neuroscience of hearing and communication, Western University, Ontario

Brain and Mind Institute/School of Communication Sciences and Disorders/National Centre for Audiology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Keywords: auditory cognitive neuroscience, cognitive hearing science, neurobiology of language.
Postdoctoral positions are available to study the cognitive neuroscience of hearing and communication with Ingrid Johnsrude, at the University of Western Ontario.

Successful applicants will use behavioural methods and/or fMRI and/or electrophysiological methods in young and/or older listeners to study how sound, particularly (but not exclusively) speech, is processed by the brain, and how processing is influenced by attention and prior knowledge. Specific projects depend largely upon the interests of the successful applicants.

Positions require a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, hearing science, neuroscience, physiology, engineering, computer science, etc); excellent quantitative and computer skills, and effective oral and written communication skills.

Positions are in the Brain and Mind Institute at Western, which is a vibrant group including 27 PIs, 15 research associates, and 32 postdoctoral fellows. It is one of North America’s foremost cognitive neuroscience groups, with both 3T and 7T MRI systems, TMS, and cutting-edge facilities for other types of psychophysical, electrophysiological and cognitive assessment. Depending on applicant interest and project requirements, close collaboration with researchers in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and/or in the National Centre for Audiology, would be possible.

Positions are available from Sept 2014 (or after), with funding from the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Western University. Salary is competitive and will depend upon qualifications and experience.  A range of benefits is available depending on length of appointment.

To apply, please send the following materials to Ingrid Johnsrude: ijohnsru <at> or ingrid.johnsrude<at>
1) A detailed curriculum vitae;
2) PDFs or hard copies of any publications that are not readily available on-line;
3) Two letters of reference, including one from the PhD advisor.

Deadline for applications is June 20, 2014, or until positions are filled. Please write to Ingrid if you would like more information.

Ingrid Johnsrude, PhD
University of Western Ontario
Department of Psychology and
School of Communication
Sciences & Disorders
London Ontario Canada N6A 3K7
e-mail: ijohnsru <at>uwo.caor


Ph.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: Aix-Marseilles University, France

The PhD program in Integrative and Clinical Neuroscience at Aix-Marseilles University
( opens a call for PhD scholarships for non-French MSc-level candidates.

Details of the call can be found here:

Two projects of potential interest to the list include (#9) Cerebral bases of acquired and developmental phonagnosia, Pascal Belin (#14) Evolution of brainstem and cortical auditory processing in young Cochlear Implant users, Daniele Shon

Details on all projects can be found here:


BRAMS has a new postdoctoral position in auditory neuroscience (rhythm)

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Isabelle Peretz ( to work on a new project funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research of Canada and entitled “Losing the beat: brain and behavioral basis of human rhythm”. Part of the work is done in collaboration with Caroline Palmer and Virginia Penhune.

Desirable qualifications include a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience (and related fields), solid computing and programming skills, knowledge of music and speech rhythm and experience with neuroimaging (EEG, fMRI). The position offers up to 2 years (renewable) of training and research opportunities. See for more information.

Applicants should send a CV, statement of research interests and skills, and a list of 3 personal references, at their earliest convenience and no later than July 1st 2014.

Contact: Isabelle.Peretz <at>


NEW GRADUATE PROGRAM: M.Sc. in Sound and Music Computing, University of London

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new MSc programme in Sound and Music Computing run by the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary, University of London.

For further information and to apply visit

Dr Marcus T Pearce
Lecturer in Sound and Music Processing
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5352


PH.D. POSITIONS: Sound and Music Computing, University of Padova

The PhD Programme in Information Engineering at the University of Padova is opening new PhD positions. The Programme includes Sound and Music Computing among its research lines, with a focus on sound synthesis, 3D sound rendering, multimodal interaction.

A number of positions are funded from the University of Padova (the call for applications is expected to be published in July 2014). An additional limited amount of fellowships are reserved to foreign students through a dedicated call, which has just been published (deadline June 9):

Courses will start on Nov. 1, 2014. Before this date eligible candidates must obtain the degree which entitles them to start a doctorate. For further information, please contact me by email (avanzini <at>

Federico Avanzini, PhD
Sound and Music Computing Group
Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Padova
Via Gradenigo 6/A, I-35131 Padova - ITALY
Skype: federico.avanzini
Tel:   +39 049 827 7582
Fax:   +39 049 827 7699


POSTDOC POSITIONS: Human communication, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

We are seeking two Postdoctoral Researchers to work in the group ‘Neural mechanisms of human communication’ at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS), in Leipzig, Germany.

The goal of the group is to investigate neural mechanisms of human communication by using several methods of systems neuroscience (fMRI, sMRI, MEG, TMS, tDCS, brainstem recordings, eye tracking). Experiments involve healthy controls, as well as subjects with selective communication deficits (i.e. developmental dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, developmental prosopagnosia and phonagnosia). An additional emphasis is placed on linking the experimental work to computational models.

The research is conducted at the MPI-CBS in Leipzig, Germany, an internationally leading centre for cognitive and imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, several 3.0 T MRI scanners, a 306 channels MEG system, TMS, tDCS and several EEG systems. All facilities and data analysis are supported by experienced IT and physics staff.

The candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent) in neuroscience, medicine, psychology or a related field and should be able to demonstrate a consistently outstanding academic record including publications. The candidates are expected to be enthusiastic researchers with an interest in working on projects within the general framework of the group. The ideal candidates will have expertise in the acquisition and analysis of neuroscientific data. Applicants with no neuroscientific experience but with a strong background in psychophysics or computational modelling are also encouraged to apply.

Starting date for the position is flexible. The positions are initially for two years with possible extension. Salary is dependent on experience and based on MPI stipends or equivalent salary according to German public service regulations.

The following documents should be included in the application (in one PDF-file):
•       cover letter describing your personal qualifications and future research interests
•       curriculum vitae
•       contact details of two personal references

Applications with the subject heading ‘HC14PD’ should be sent via email to: personal <at> The deadline for application submission is May 20th 2014.

The MPI-CBS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the advancement of individuals without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender, or disability.

For more information about the group:

Contact for informal enquiries about the posts:

Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein (kriegstein <at>
Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Stephanstrasse 1A
04103 Leipzig, Germany


Lab Coordinator, Auditory Cognition and Development Lab, UNLV (Erin Hannon, Director)

The Auditory Cognition and Development Lab is currently seeking a Lab Coordinator who will oversee all aspects of research in the lab, such as participant recruitment, scheduling, running experiments with infants, children, and adults, and supervising research assistants. Our research examines how babies, small children, and adults come to understand complex, culture-specific sound structures such as music and speech.

Qualifications: Applicants must have basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets), strong organizational and communication skills, and be self-motivated. The following qualifications are preferred but not required: experience supervising others, working in a research lab, interacting with families and/or small children, sales experience, programming, Spanish language competence, and/or a background in Psychology or Music.

To Apply: Working in a lab is a great way to gain valuable work experience, build your vita for grad school, and learn about research! If you are interested, send a detailed resume/CV listing your qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until we hire someone. Send your application to erin.hannon <at> For more information about the lab and the research, visit us at


Director – Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) And Professor, Digital Humanities in Music

The Schulich School of Music is Canada’s largest and most renowned university-based music school, and is an international leader in music creation, performance, and research in music and sound. A Faculty of McGill University, one of the top research-intensive universities in the world, the Schulich School is also home to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).

CIRMMT is a multi-disciplinary research group that brings together researchers and students from McGill University (Faculties of Music, Arts, Science, Engineering, Education and Medicine), l’Université de Montréal (Facultés de musique et des arts & des sciences), l’Université de Sherbrooke (Faculté de génie) and other Universities and research facilities from Quebec and around the world.  It also includes industrial and research associates, visiting scholars and artists, and administrative and technical staff. CIRMMT actively seeks to bridge the gap between scientific/technological research and artistic practice and has recently updated its research axes to reflect its current research directions and to increase collaboration between its members. CIRMMT seeks to develop innovative approaches to the scientific study of music media and technology, to apply newer technologies in science and the creative arts, and to provide an advanced research training environment.

The Schulich School of Music invites applications for the position of Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, for an initial 3-year term, renewable. The position will be a tenured or tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor specializing in the digital humanities in music, broadly defined to include musicology, music analysis, performance, pedagogy, or information science. Candidates with diverse perspectives on the intersection between computing and the humanities in music are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be nominated for a Canada Research Chair (SSHRC Tier I or II) in the Digital Humanities in Music.

We seek individuals with an international profile who will maintain a high level of professional activity in the field and are able to teach courses and supervise students in university programs up to the doctoral level. Applicants must have a passionate commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and a significant record of accomplishment in scientific- and/or humanities-based research related to sound and music, as well as a demonstrated ability to obtain research funding. The successful candidate will show strong leadership and have a proven track record as an effective resource manager, team builder, communicator, and administrator capable of leading a complex research enterprise. He or she will be familiar with multiple research paradigms (fine arts, humanities, science and technology) and will have experience with constructing and overseeing large research budgets. Fluency in French and English is an asset.

Reporting to the CIRMMT Board of Directors, the Director oversees all aspects of the Centre’s activities and is assisted by two Associate Directors with complementary profiles: scientific/technological and artistic. The new Director will work with the CIRMMT community to increase CIRMMT's visibility both locally and internationally and to stimulate and facilitate new research directions and collaborations, both among CIRMMT members and with external partners. The Director is responsible for assuring the sustainability and growth of the Centre by actively pursuing a wide range of funding sources, from research grants and contracts to partnerships with industry and the private sector.

Applicants are invited to submit the following using our on-line application form at
• a cover letter describing the candidate’s qualifications for the position
• a detailed curriculum vitae
• the names and contact information of three referees (Note: Consult the on-line application for submission instructions.)

Further inquiries may be addressed to: Prof. Sean Ferguson, Dean, Schulich School of Music / 514.398.4538  or <at>

Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.
McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to further diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Postdoc and Research Faculty Positions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Faculty (non-tenure-track) and Postdoc positions are available in the Laboratory for Language, Learning, and the Brain at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong (PI: Patrick Wong) and the Utrecht University-CUHK Joint Centre for Language, Mind and Brain.  We welcome individuals from any disciplines whose research addresses aspects of speech, hearing, language, and communication broadly defined. Candidates with experience in basic and clinical research across the lifespan are all encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in broad thinkers with good quantitative skills to join our team.  Candidates with experience in behavioral, neural, and genetic research will all be considered.  The anticipated start date is July 1 2014, but can be flexible.  The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks among top 40 in the world according to QS World University Rankings.  Hong Kong offers a multitude of living possibilities. For inquiries, candidates should email CV to Patrick Wong (p.wong <at>

Visit for more information about our work.
Review of applications will begin immediately.  Research faculty applicants need to apply formally through the University system; details can be found here:

Patrick C. M. WONG, Professor
Dept. of Linguistics and Modern Languages
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Room G03, Leung Kau Kui Building, Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China

Email: p.wong <at>
Phone: +852 3943 7009