LINGUIST List 29.844

Wed Feb 21 2018

FYI: Call for Expression of Interest: Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for post-docs

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Date: 21-Feb-2018
From: Jeannette Schaeffer <j.c.schaefferuva.nl>
Subject: Call for Expression of Interest: Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for post-docs
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The LACA (Language Abilities in Children with Autism) network invites young researchers to express their interest in writing a Marie Curie Individual (post-doc) Fellowship together with one of the LACA labs – see attached advertisement. The deadline for the expression of interest is 1 March 2018. The actual deadline for submission of the actual proposal is mid-September 2018. For more details, please see ad below.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-doc Positions in Europe
“Expression of Interest” for hosting Fellows


The international, cross-linguistic collaboration “Language Abilities in Children with Autism” (LACA) invites postdoc fellows to apply together for postdoc funding in the context of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual fellowship scheme for Standard EF (European Fellows).
European Fellowships are open to researchers currently within or outside Europe who want to work in an EU Member State or Associated Country (MS or AC). The mobility rule applies to the MS or AC (i.e. the researcher must not have lived, worked, or studied in the MS or AC for more than 12 months during the 3 years prior to the deadline). The duration of the fellowship is 12 to 24 months and primarily covers the salary of the researcher (plus family allowance). Applicants either hold a PhD degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience at the moment of the deadline.

The LACA network will offer support during the application procedure to candidates who would like to spend their Marie S. Curie fellowship at one of the LACA labs. For a description of participating organisations, see below. Secondments of up to 6 months to a second LACA lab are possible. In case of funding, the postdoc fellow will become a member of the LACA collaboration, receiving training and potential opportunities for further continuation of their international scientific career.
Interested candidates should send their CV, including a list of publications, and a short motivation letter no later than 1 April, 2018 to the supervisor and (if applicable) the EU liaison officer at the intended host (see details below).

Valid for the past MSCA-IF Call :
https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/msca-if-2017.html Type of action: Standard EF
Reintegration panel and Career Restart panel are also possible, please note that other eligibility criteria apply.

Please refer to the 2017 guide for applicants for further information:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/guides_for_applicants/h2020-guide-appl-msca-if_en.pdf


The Marie S. Curie call deadline is expected in September 2018.


LACA host institutions:

1. University of Amsterdam - Prof. dr. Jeannette Schaeffer (PI), dr. Judith Rispens, dr. Jan de Jong, prof. dr. Enoch Aboh, Natalia Rivera (PhD candidate)

Schaeffer’s team is embedded in the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC), ranking highest in continental Europe for more than five years in the QS Ranking by Subject (Linguistics). The ACLC has a beautiful renewed language lab with state-of-the-art eye-tracking and EEG equipment. Moreover, the ACLC has strong connections with Amsterdam Brain & Cognition (ABC), offering a platform and collaborations across disciplines (linguistics, psychology, social sciences, economy, neurology, biology, psychiatry, ….).

Institute/Department:
Websites (Hyperlink):
ACLC http://aclc.uva.nl/
ABC http://abc.uva.nl/


Contact person (name and e-mail address):
Name of potential supervisor: Prof. Jeannette Schaeffer: J.C.Schaefferuva.nl
Name of EU liaison officer (if applicable): Dr. Daphne Lentjes: d.m.lentjesuva.nl


Scientific expertise and facilities at the host:
Prof. dr. Jeannette Schaeffer (PI), dr. Judith Rispens, dr. Jan de Jong, prof. dr. Enoch Aboh, Natalia Rivera (PhD candidate)
All team members are part of the ACLC Research Group “Grammar & Cognition” (see ACLC website), and work on the acquisition, learnability and development of various morphosyntactic, semantic and pragmatic phenomena in different (a)typical populations in relation to linguistic theory. They have ample experience in cross-linguistic experimental designs, including many different languages and have published in top journals such as Language Acquisition, Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Journal of Child Language, Lingua, Brain & Language.
Schaeffer’s lab focuses on the investigation of morphosyntactic, pragmatic and extra-linguistic abilities in children with High-Functioning Autism, within the same linguistic phenomena ((morpho)syntax-pragmatics interface phenomena, such as passives, pronouns, direct object scrambling) and in separate phenomena ((morpho)syntax: subject-verb agreement, relative clauses, noun inflection; pragmatics: scalar and conversational implicatures, information structure). Methods include behavioral production and comprehension experiments, sponteaneous speech collection and analysis, eye-tracking, and ERP.
UvA has ample experience with hosting and administering Marie S. Curie fellowships and H2020 projects in general.


2. University of Groningen - Prof. dr. Petra Hendriks, dr. Simone Sprenger, dr. Emar Maier, dr. Jacolien van Rij and several PhD students

Hendriks’ team is embedded in the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG). CLCG participates in the national Dutch research school in linguistics LOT as well as the interdisciplinary Groningen Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN). Students in linguistics receive training in the Graduate School for the Humanities and the Research Master in Linguistics, which was granted the seal ‘top rated programme’ by the Higher Education Guide 2017. The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities of the Netherlands (founded in 1614) and belongs to the top 100 large comprehensive research universities in the world.

Institute/Department:
Websites (Hyperlink):
CLCG http://www.rug.nl/research/clcg/
BCN http://www.rug.nl/research/behavioural-cognitive-neurosciences/


Contact person (name and e-mail address):
Name of potential supervisor: Prof. Petra Hendriks: P.Hendriksrug.nl
Name of EU liaison officer (if applicable): n/a

Scientific expertise and facilities at the host:
Prof. dr. Petra Hendriks, dr. Simone Sprenger, dr. Emar Maier, dr. Jacolien van Rij and several PhD students
The work of the team focuses on the relation between language and cognition and investigates the development of first and second languages in (a)typical populations (including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD or cochlear implants), language attrition in elderly adults, and the acquisition, processing and use of syntactic, semantic and pragmatic knowledge. Linguistic phenomena that are studied include pronouns, word order, subject-verb agreement, quantification, speech reports, idioms, irony, the language of fiction, and verbal deception. These phenomena are studied in relation to cognitive factors such as theory of mind, inhibition, working memory, and processing speed. Methods of investigation include behavioral experiments, eye-tracking and pupillometry, ERP research, formal theoretical modeling, and computational cognitive modeling.
Hendriks’ team has active collaborations with the departments of Psychiatry, Audiology, Psychology, Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen, and participates in several national and international networks and collaborations. The Groningen research institute CLCG has three own labs (including an eye-tracking lab) and has access to the state-of-the art EEG and fMRI equipment of the Neuro-Imaging Center (NIC) of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). The team has a special interest in production/comprehension asymmetries in child language, perspective taking abilities in various populations, and cognitive models of language learning and decline.


3. University of Tours – Prof. L. Tuller, Prof. P. Prévost, Prof. S. Ferré, Prof. C. dos Santos, Prof. R. Zebib, C. David (PhD student), E. Léger (PhD student), S. Silleresi (PhD student)
The Tours group of linguists working on language development in ASD is part of a multidisciplinary team (INSERM Unit 930 ‘Imagery & Brain’, Team 1 ‘Autism’) combining neuroscientists, psychologists, pediatricians, and ENT specialists exploring the physiopathological mechanisms underlying ASD symptoms, from childhood to adulthood. It is involved in large projects focusing on clinical symptoms (including language), genetics, metabolomics, and molecular imaging. Moreover, the team is directly embedded in an Autism Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (which performs clinical evaluation of about 100 patients, children and adults, a year, and which is equipped with state-of-the-art eye-tracking and EEG systems) at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department of the Teaching University Hospital of Tours. This double integration (linguists in a medical research team and in a clinical setting) is unique in France for linguists investigating language and ASD and offers invaluable opportunities for interactions with specialists on ASD from different backgrounds.

Institute/Department:
Websites (Hyperlink):
INSERM Unit 930 ‘Imagery and Brain’, Team 1 ‘Autism’: http://www.u930.tours.inserm.fr/teams/team-1-autism-400358.kjsp?RH=1365083186620ABC

Contact person (name and e-mail address):
Name of potential supervisor: Prof. Laurie Tuller: laurie.tulleruniv-tours.fr

Scientific expertise and facilities at the host:
Prof. Laurie Tuller, Prof. Philippe Prévost, Prof. Sandrine Ferré, Prof. Christophe dos Santos, Prof. Racha Zebib, Céline David (PhD student), Elodie Léger (PhD student), Silvia Silleresi (PhD student)
The psycholinguists at the University of Tours have complementary domains of expertise (P. Prévost & L. Tuller, morphosyntax; S. Ferré, phonology; C. dos Santos, lexicon and phonology; R. Zebib, executive functions), which allows them to investigate different aspects of language acquisition, including language development in contexts of pathology (SLI and ASD), in the same children. Their research on autism focuses on formal language abilities of children from the whole spectrum, including low functioning children, adopting a comparative approach with children with language impairment and no diagnosis of autism, and with child second language learners. Their interest lies in the investigation of complex derivations, such as wh-questions, object pronouns, passives, and syllabic structure, and the way measures of structural language interact with nonlinguistic cognition. Methods include behavioral production and comprehension tasks, eye-tracking, and EEG. They have recently been involved in large-scale projects exploring child L2 acquisition (including comparison with SLI and ASD) (a project funded by the French National Research Agency) and the identification of SLI in bilingual children (COST Action IS0804 and a project funded jointly by the French and German national research agencies), and have published in top journals such as Applied Psycholinguistics, Brain & Language, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Language Acquisition, Lingua, and Second Language Research.

4. University of Potsdam - Prof. dr. Flavia Adani (PI), Dr. Christine Schipke, Maja Stegenwallner-Schütz (PhD candidate)

Adani’s lab (ALADDIN) is part of the Department of Linguistics and of the Research Focus Cognitive Science (RFCS) at the University of Potsdam, which is widely recognized as one of the leading cognitive science institutes in Germany. The institute has a state-of-the art language acquisition lab (BabyLab) with head-turn, eye-tracking, EEG equipment. Moreover, Adani’s lab has strong connections with the Psychology Institute at the Humboldt University in Berlin, offering a platform and collaborations across disciplines (linguistics, psychology, social sciences, cognitive sciences).


Institute/Department:
Websites (Hyperlink):
ALADDIN http://www.uni-potsdam.de/aladdin/index.html
BabyLAB http://www.uni-potsdam.de/babylab/index.html
RFCS http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/cognitive-sciences/index.html


Contact person (name and e-mail address):
Name of potential supervisor: Prof. Flavia Adani: adaniuni-potsdam.de

Scientific expertise and facilities at the host:
Prof. dr. Flavia Adani (PI), Dr. Christine Schipke, Prof. dr. Isabel Dziobek, Prof. dr. Barbara Höhle, Prof. dr. Isabell Wartenburger, Maja Stegenwallner-Schütz (PhD candidate)
The psycholinguistic research conducted at the ALADDIN Lab focuses on how children develop receptive and expressive language skills, starting from the first years of life until these skills are consolidated in grown-up children, adolescents and adults. We conduct experimental studies where typically-developing groups are compared to those of children and adolescents affected by developmental disorders (for example, Specific Language Impairment and Autistic Spectrum Disorders). We hope that the results of our research can be useful to understand the interaction of language with other cognitive abilities and so to develop new tools to promote early assessment and rehabilitation of language disorders. Among the phenomena investigated are: non-local dependencies, topicalization, use and processing of referring expressions, article choice, lexical development. In order to address theoretical- as well as clinically-oriented questions regarding these domains, we analyze explicit language skills combined to implicit ones (eye-movements, ERPs). We have published on international peer-reviewed journals such as J. of Child Language, First Language, Lingua, Frontiers in Psychology, Developmental Science, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, NeuroImage.





5. University of Milano-Bicocca - Prof. dr. Maria Teresa Guasti, dr. Francesca Foppolo, dr. Fabrizio Arosio, dr. Francesca Panzeri

Guasti’s team is embedded in the Department of Psychology of the University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB). In 2013, UNIMIB was included in the QS World University Rankings and in 2015 it was 1st in Italy and 24th in the world according to the “Times Higher Education 100 under 50” table, which ranks the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years of existence. The Department has been ranked second among the big Departments in Italy (more than 80 staff members) in the last evaluation and the Linguistic team in the Department has been ranked first. The Department has several labs, state-of-the-art eye-tracking, EEG equipment, observational lab, psycholinguistic lab. Moreover, the team has strong connections with Centre for Neuroscience (NeuroMi), offering a platform and collaborations across disciplines.

Institute/Department:
Websites (Hyperlink):
BIL group http://www.bilgroup.it/it/home/
Bilinguismoconta www.bilinguismoconta.it
Neuromi: https://neuromi.it/

Contact person (name and e-mail address):
Name of potential supervisor: Prof. Maria Teresa Guasti: mariateresa.guastiunimib.it
Name of EU liaison officer (if applicable): Laura Masiero laura.masierounimib.it


Scientific expertise and facilities at the host:
Prof. dr Maria Teresa Guasti (PI), dr. Francesca Foppolo, dr. Fabrizio Arosio, dr. Francesca Panzeri, Mirta Vernice (post doc), Francesca Costa (Ph D candidate), Valentina Persici (Ph D Candidate), Beatrice Giustolisi (Ph D Candidate)
All team members are part of the BILGroup and of Bilinguismoconta (see websites), and work on the acquisition, learnability and development of various morphosyntactic, semantic and pragmatic phenomena in different (a)typical populations in relation to linguistic theory. They have ample experience in cross-linguistic experimental designs, including many different languages and have published in top journals such as Language Acquisition, Journal of Child Language, Lingua, Journal of Clinical linguistics, Applied Psycholinguistics.
Guasti’s lab focuses on the investigation of morphosyntactic, pragmatic and musical-related abilities in children with High-Functioning Autism, as subject-verb agreement, relative clauses, clitics scalar and conversational implicatures, predictive abilities in music and language. Methods include behavioral production and comprehension experiments, sponteaneous speech collection and analysis, eye-tracking.
UNIMIB has ample experience with hosting and administering Marie S. Curie fellowships and H2020 projects in general.


6. University of Haifa – Dr. Rama Novogrodsky (PI), Prof. irit Meir, Dr. Natlia Meir (post Doc).

Novogrodsky’s team is embedded in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and in the Sign Language Research Lab. The team has strong connections with the University Clinic and other labs in the university, offering a platform and collaborations across disciplines.

Institute/Department:
Websites (Hyperlink):
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder http://hw.haifa.ac.il/en/cd-staff-senior
Sign Language Research Lab http://signlab.haifa.ac.il/

Contact person (name and e-mail address):
Name of potential supervisor: Dr. Rama Novogrodsky: ramanovogmail.com
Name of EU liaison officer (if applicable):

Scientific expertise and facilities at the host:
Dr. Rama Novogrodsky, Prof. irit Meir, Dr. Natalia Meir (post Doc).

The lab team focuses on the interaction between language development and cognitive development and how different components of language (such as syntax, semantics, phonology and pragmatics) disassociate and interact. The team explores these questions by studying diverse populations including: typically developing children, bilingual children, children with specific language impairment, children with autism, children with hearing impairment, and deaf children who use sign language. Methods include production and comprehension experiments, self-paced listening and naturalistic language analysis.



7. Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, Patras
Prof. Arhonto Terzi, Dr. Eleftheria Geronikou, Dr. Konstantinos Francis, Anthi Zafeiri MSc., Dimitra Bafa, BSc.
Terzi’s team is embedded in the Laboratory “Theoretical and experimental linguistics- typical acquisition and impairments (Lingstructure)” hosted by the Department of Speech & Language Therapy. The Lab contains state-of-the-art equipment that includes an eye-tracker and units for speech analysis. It has strong connections with a) the Clinic of the Department, b) practitioners throughout the country, c) the Department of Linguistics of the University of Patras, and d) the Medical School of the University of Patras, ensuring interdisciplinary collaborations.

Institute/Department:
Websites (Hyperlink):
Lab: http://www.teiwest.gr/index.php/en/research/research-labs/item/519-linguistics
Department: http://www.teiwest.gr/index.php/en/schools/health-school/logoth

Contact person (name and e-mail address):
Name of potential supervisor: Prof. Arhonto Terzi: aterziteiwest.gr
Name of EU liaison officer (if applicable): Konstantina (Dina) Boba: bobateiwest.gr

Scientific expertise and facilities at the host:
Prof. Arhonto Terzi (Linguist), Dr. Eleftheria Geronikou (Speech-Language Pathologist), Dr. Konstantinos Francis, MD, (Child Psychologist), Anthi Zafeiri (Linguist & Speech-Language Pathologist), Dimitra Bafa (Speech & Language Pathologist).
All team members are part of the Lingstructure Lab and have worked on the acquisition and development of various morphosyntactic phenomena and their interfaces with semantics, pragmatics and phonology in different atypical populations (children and adults), as well as in early typical language. They have experience in cross-linguistic experimental designs, and have published in journals such as Language Acquisition, Journal of Child Language, Lingua, Brain & Language, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Child Language Teaching and Therapy.
In relation to the particular network, Terzi’s Lab has focused on the investigation of morphosyntax and its interface with semantics, pragmatics and phonology, primarily of children with High-Functioning Autism. Structures and phenomena that have been studied are passives, Binding, reflexives, pronouns (strong and clitics) and information structure. It is now extending its expertise to individuals in other parts of the autism spectrum and is particularly interested in further sharpening specific aspects of information structure, with the aim to better understand how it deviates in autism but also use this knowledge in the study of typical language.
Other atypical conditions that have been studied in the lab are Broca’s aphasia, Parkinson and SLI. Other areas of grammar that have been investigated are relative clauses , the intervention effects that the various morphosyntactic features may pose on them, and where in the cognitive systems the effects are located . Methods include production and comprehension experiments, spontaneous speech collection and analysis, and, recently, eye-tracking.




8. University of Cambridge - Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli (PI), Dr Napoleon Katsos, Dr Ozge Oszturk

As part of the Department for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, the team in Cambridge includes senior researchers with established positions (Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli, Dr Napoleon Katsos) , postdoctoral researchers (Dr Elaine Schmidt, Dr Ana Perez-Munoz, Dr Ozge Oszturk ) and five PhD students who work on various aspects of first and second language acquisition in atypically-developing children, especially children with autism. Our group has strong connections with other Faculties and disciplines thanks to the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Language Sciences (Prof. Tsimpli is one of the two Directors of the IRC)..

Institute/Department:
Websites (Hyperlink):
DTAL: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/dtal
CAMPAL: https://sites.google.com/site/cambridgecampal/


Contact person (name and e-mail address):
Name of potential supervisor: Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli, imt20cam.ac.uk, Dr Napoleon Katsos, nk248cam.ac.uk
Name of EU liaison officer (if applicable): Andrea Salter andrea.salteradmin.cam.ac.uk +44(0)1223 764079 and Renata Schaeffer h2020admin.cam.ac.uk + 44 1223 333543

Scientific expertise and facilities at the host:
The team has strong interests in the acquisition and processing of syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse by typically and atypically-developing children (monolingual and multilingual). Our team includes CamPAL ( (Cambridge Processing and Acquisition of Language Lab) with EEG, eye-tracking and behavioural data methods and the relevant equipment is available in-house. Extensive collaborations with Education, Biological Sciences, Psychology and Humanities and Social Sciences are in place through the IRC and as individual collaborations between the team members and colleagues from these Faculties and Schools.

The Cambridge team has lead several international multi-institutional projects leading to publications in key journals such as Applied Psycholinguistics, Cognition, and PNAS among others.


Linguistic Field(s): Clinical Linguistics; Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

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