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Thu Apr 22 2004

Jobs: Cognitive Neuroscience: Post Doc, Georgetown

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  1. mjm84, Cognitive Neuroscience of Language: Post Doc, Georgetown University

Message 1: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language: Post Doc, Georgetown University

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 16:03:39 -0400 (EDT)
From: mjm84 <>
Subject: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language: Post Doc, Georgetown University

University or Organization: Georgetown University
Department: Neuroscience, Linguistics, Psychology, Neurology
Rank of Job: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science, Language Acquisition, Morphology,
		 Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Syntax


We are seeking to fill a full-time Post-doctoral Fellow position in
the Brain and Language Lab. Members of the lab carry out research on
the neural, computational and psychological bases of language,
including morphology, syntax and both conceptual and compositional
semantics. We examine these domains in several languages (thus far,
English, Spanish, Italian and Japanese). We probe the relation between
these language domains and various non-language domains and their
neurocognitive correlates, in particular memory and motor functions,
focusing on declarative and procedural memory. We additionally
investigate sex differences in language; second language learning and
processing; the recovery of language following neural damage; the
neuro-pharmacology of language; and the neurocognition of music. We
use multiple complementary methodological approaches to test our
hypotheses, with the goal of obtaining converging evidence: (1)
psycholinguistic studies of cognitively unimpaired adults; (2)
developmental investigations of normal children and of children and
adults with developmental disorders (Specific Language Impairment,
Williams syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, autism, and Tourette syndrome); (3)
neurological studies of patients with adult-onset brain damage
(Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases, cerebellar
damage, and aphasia); (4) neuroimaging studies of normal and
cognitively impaired subjects, using electroencephalography /
Event-Related Potentials (EEG/ERPs) and functional Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (fMRI); (5) pharmacological and endocrine manipulations in
normal and cognitively impaired subjects (e.g., acetylcholine and
estrogen). The lab has a high-end 96-channel EEG/ERP system. fMRI is
performed at Georgetown on a 3T Siemens magnet. MEG can be carried out
at a nearby institution. The members of the lab have expertise in a
variety of disciplines, including several areas of theoretical
linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, cognitive
neuroscience, and neuroimaging. We collaborate intensively with other
groups at Georgetown University (particularly in Linguistics and
Neurology), and at other institutions in the US and abroad.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in a
number of the projects described above, and to carry out her/his own
studies. Requirements: (1) Ph.D. and background in cognitive
neuroscience, cognitive psychology and/or theoretical linguistics; (2)
research experience investigating the neurocognition of language; (3)
expertise in two or more of the following: ERPs, fMRI, MEG,
adult-onset disorders, developmental- disorders, psycholinguistic
behavioral techniques, statistics; (4) strong publication
record. Previous demonstration of funding will be considered an

To allow for sufficient time to learn new skills and to be productive,
candidates should be available to work for three years, although a
longer period may be possible. A start date of summer 2004 is
preferable. Final approval of funding is pending for this
position. Interested candidates should email Matt Moffa
( their CV, and have 3 recommenders email him
their recommendations directly. Email correspondence is highly
preferred over standard post. Consideration of applicants will begin
immediately, and will end when the position is filled. Georgetown
University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. This
position includes health benefits.

Address for Applications:

	Attn: Lab Manager Matthew Moffa
	Research Building room EP-04
	3970 Reservoir Road, NW
	Washington, DC 20007
	United States of America 

	Position is open until filled.

Contact Information:
	Michael Ullman
	Tel: (202)687-6064
	Fax: (202)687-6914

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