LINGUIST List 27.1059

Mon Feb 29 2016

Jobs: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, University of Rochester

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Date: 27-Feb-2016
From: Jaeger T. Florian <fjaegerbcs.rochester.edu>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, University of Rochester, New York, USA
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University or Organization: University of Rochester
Department: Human Languge Processing Lab, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Job Location: New York, USA
Web Address: https://www.hlp.rochester.edu
Job Title: Post-doctoral Researcher (2 positions)

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics


Description:

We are searching for two outstanding post-doctoral researchers to join our lab. Both positions offer competitive NIH-level post-doctoral salaries for up to 3 years, an annual travel budget, and moving expenses. The lab has a good record at job placement, with three of the four most recent post-docs now holding tenure-track positions in linguistics or psychology. For the team and further information, see https://www.hlp.rochester.edu/.

Project 1: Inference and learning during speech perception and adaptation
Project 2: Web-based self-administered speech therapy

Interested candidates should contact HLP lab manager Olga Nikolayeva (onikolayu.rochester.edu) along with:

1) a CV
2) a brief statement of primary research interests

Recommendations will be elicited after initial review of applications.

Project 1: Inference and learning during speech perception and adaptation

Preferred start date: as early as now, as late as 09/2016. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting 3/10.

We are particularly interested in researchers with a strong computational background (ideally, including Bayesian inference, sampling, etc. though that is not necessary). Expertise in phonetics or speech perception are preferred, but not required. The core of our research project is behavioral and computational, but expertise in fMRI and, specifically, MVPA and related methods are an additional plus. There is the potential to collaborate across labs on the neural foundations of speech adaptation (with Raj Raizada).

The project includes research on lack of invariance, learning in non-stationary environments, inference under uncertainty, causal attribution, and the relation between linguistics and social perception. For an overview, of our research program and goals, see Kleinschmidt and Jaeger (2015-PsychRev).

Project 2: Web-based self-administered speech therapy

Preferred start date: as early as 05/2016, as late as 05/2017. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting 4/1/2016.

We are particularly interested in researchers with an interest in extending and testing theories about language learning and adaptation to a clinical setting. Candidates with a background in speech perception or production are preferred, ideally from a cognitive science perspective. Clinical experience is a plus, but not required (an interest to extend in that direction is required). This project is a collaboration between HLP Lab and Dr. Helen Meng‘s lab at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Meng’s lab focuses on human-computer interaction. Candidates should have a strong interest in being part in this type of cross-disciplinary international research team (including research visits to Hong Kong).

We explore the use of a web-based system for second language pronunciation teaching and learning, developed by Dr. Meng’s lab, for speech therapy. This project has two phases. In the first phase, we will explore the effectiveness of the interface for second language pronunciation training. We will investigate also what types of training samples will elicit the best learning results. In the second phase, we will extend the system to allow patients with pure speech disorders (e.g., dysarthria) to self-administer pronunciation therapy from the comfort of their home.

Application Deadline: 10-Mar-2016 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications: onikolayu.rochester.edu
Contact Information:
Associate Professor Jaeger T. Florian
Email: fjaegerbcs.rochester.edu
Phone: 585 276 3611

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