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LINGUIST List 23.2239

Wed May 09 2012

Jobs: Cognitive Neuroscience; Lang & Cognition: Asst/Assoc/Sr Research Scientist, U of Maryland

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Date: 09-May-2012
From: Holly Nalley <hnalleycasl.umd.edu>
Subject: Cognitive Neuroscience; Language and Cognition: Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland, MD, USA
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University or Organization: University of Maryland
Department: Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
Job Location: Maryland, USA
Web Address: http://www.casl.umd.edu
Job Rank: Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Scientist

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Cognitive Neuroscience


Description:

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language
(CASL) is seeking a research scientist with expertise in functional
magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of language and cognition to
join its Cognitive Neuroscience Team. The research scientist will be
involved in basic and applied studies aimed at identifying the neural
mechanisms underlying language learning, language use, problem
solving or decision making in healthy adults. While the
methodological focus for this position will be on the use of fMRI, other
imaging modalities may be included as well. The results of the
research will be applied to improve the selection, training, and job
performance of government language and intelligence analysts.

Appointments to CASL are as members of the research faculty of the
University of Maryland under renewable three-year contracts, with
highly competitive salary (12-month) and benefits.

Qualifications:
Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience
or a related field, a record of individual research achievement, a
strong record of publication, and the ability to establish a research
program that integrates the use of fMRI in interdisciplinary projects
on language and intelligence analysis. Experience with advanced
MRI data analysis, such as multivariate classification of brain states,
structural and functional brain connectivity analysis, and volumetric
analysis, is a plus. The center is seeking individuals who will play a
leading role in the strategic direction of CASL. Candidates' research
and publications should demonstrate the ability to conduct complex,
interdisciplinary research and to work collaboratively with a range of
institutions and/or researchers.

Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the
appropriate security clearance.

CASL, established in 2003, is one of 14 university-affiliated research
centers in the nation. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science
research that results in improved performance on language and
analysis tasks relevant to the work of government language
professionals. Our research focuses on enhancing the acquisition
and maintenance of foreign language capability by government
professionals; advancing the capacity to use foreign language and
analysis skills in government professions; and improving the quality
of human language technology and knowledge of less commonly
taught languages. CASL's multidisciplinary research staff has
expertise in psychology, linguistics, second language acquisition,
computer science, and cognitive neuroscience. Research facilities in
cognitive neuroscience include a research-dedicated Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner at the Maryland Neuroimaging
Center (MNC), a high-density EEG/ERP and MEG lab, and an EEG
neurofeedback lab.

Application:
For best consideration, please apply online by June 30, 2012 at the
application URL below. You will need to create an account and
submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (CV), three writing
samples and a list of references containing the contact information
for at least three professional referees. References will later be
requested from short-listed candidates. The position will remain
open until a suitable candidate is selected. The University of
Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Questions about
this position should be sent by email to the application email address
below.

Application Deadline: 30-Jun-2012 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications: jobquestionscasl.umd.edu
Web Address for Applications: http://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56844
Contact Information:
Holly Nalley
Email: hnalleycasl.umd.edu

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