LINGUIST List 15.1289

Thu Apr 22 2004

Jobs: Neuroscience: Research Assistant, Georgetown

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  1. mjm84, Cognitive Neuroscience of Language: Research Assistant, Georgetown

Message 1: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language: Research Assistant, Georgetown

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 16:17:56 -0400 (EDT)
From: mjm84 <>
Subject: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language: Research Assistant, Georgetown

University or Organization: Georgetown University
Department: Neuroscience, Linguistics, Psychology, Neurology
Rank of Job: Research Assistant / Lab Manager
Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science, Morphology, Neurolinguistics,
		 Psycholinguistics, Syntax


We are seeking to fill a full-time Research Assistant / Lab Manager
position. We 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: (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. 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

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in a
number of the projects described above. S/he will have responsibility
for multiple aspects of laboratory management and organization,
including overseeing undergraduate work-study students, working with
other lab members in preparing and managing grants, creating
experimental stimuli, and setting up and running experiments. Minimum
requirements for the position include a B.A. or B.S., with a
significant amount of coursework or research experience in language,
cognition, neuroscience, or a related field. Familiarity with
Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX is highly desirable, as is programming
experience (especially in VBA) and some background in statistics. A
car is preferable because subject testing is conducted at multiple
sites. The candidate must be extremely energetic, hard-working,
organized and responsible, and be able to work with a diverse group of

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. 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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