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 The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language – BCBL- (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) is offering a postdoctoral position focused on SIGNAL PROCESSING ENGINEER, as part of an ERC funded research project OsciLang (PI: Manuel Carreiras).

 The goal of OsciLang is to provide an affordable, lightweight, wearable brain-computer-interface neurofeedback system that can facilitate the detection and treatment of language disorders such as dyslexia and specific language impairment (SLI).  This tool will (a) diagnose/measure and (b) improve/rehabilitate an individual’s ability to synchronize their brain’s activity with changes in a speech signal. 

 The successful candidate will join this challenging project . Work undertaken related to this position will be focused on the development the code to refine and optimize the software, test the system and create the prototype.  

 Candidates with prior training in the engineering, IT with expertise in signal processing and neural processes are encouraged to apply;.  Applicants able to demonstrate such computational expertise will be considered from the cognitive sciences, broadly construed, including psychology, computational linguistics, computational neuroscience, computer science, machine learning, and cognitive science.  

 In addition to strong computational skills, the successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of independence, and a strong publication record.  As part of a broader ERC-funded bilingualism and literacy research program, the candidate will also have the opportunity to interact with and (if desired) complete research stays at related research groups at the BCBL.  

 Deadline: November 30th, 2018.

 To submit your application please follow this link: http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for Signal Processing Engineer 2018 and upload:

  1. A curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000 characters max).
  3. Two reference letters submitted directly by the referees through the outline system.

For more information about the specifics of the position, please contact Prof. Manuel Carreiras (info@bcbl.eu).

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The Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities has published the call for PhD Students 2018. The application period is from 09/10/18 to 29/10/18 2018 at 15:00h.

The call offers:

1 PhD Student position to join PROJECT PSI2017-82941-P- REFO – Phonemic retuning induced by reading acquisition to be supervised by Dr. Clara Martin

Key words: Reading acquisition, Phonemic retuning, Phoneme-grapheme conversion, Dyslexia, Word perception and production

Summary of the project:

Learning to read changes the way one perceives spoken words and boosts performance in phonemic tasks. In fact, in expert readers, spoken words with inconsistent phonemes (i.e., phonemes that have many spellings) are recognized slower and less accurately than those with consistent phonemes (i.e., that have only one possible spelling; “orthographic consistency effect”). Plus, reading acquisition induces a boost in phonemic awareness (i.e., ability to distinguish and manipulate the minimal sounds of speech). Here, we make the claim that those consequences of reading acquisition (RA) can be explained by a unique and common phenomenon, which is the recalibration of phonemic representations (PRs) by literacy acquisition. More specifically, we claim that (1) PRs (in perception and production) become more stable (less dispersed) when learning to read, accounting for the phonemic awareness boost during RA. We also argue that (2) this recalibration varies with the consistency of the reading system (i.e., (in)consistency of phoneme-to-grapheme conversions), which would in turn explain the “orthographic consistency effect”. We will explore such recalibration by means of the first longitudinal cross-linguistic study examining the position and dispersion of PRs, together with processing speed (both in perception and production of phonemes and words). We will compare Spanish and French children on target phonemes that are shared by the two languages but that do not systematically follow the same phoneme-to-grapheme conversion rules (e.g., the phoneme /b/, consistent in French -always spelled ‘b’- and inconsistent in Spanish -spelled ‘b’ or ‘v’-). Children will be tested in a longitudinal design before and after RA in order to explore the developmental pattern of phonemic recalibration during literacy acquisition. By comparing dyslexic children with their matched controls, we will also test the hypothesis that (3) stabilization of PRs during RA is impaired in dyslexic patients. Such result would account for the (previously reported) lack of phonemic awareness boost and “consistency effects” in this population. This proposal provides the first systematic investigation of phonemic recalibration during literacy acquisition, which is highly relevant for the fields of language development and impaired reading acquisition, enabling better detection of risks of dyslexia and the creation of remediation tools.

Individuals interested in the PhD position should have:

  • Strong theoretical and methodological background in cognitive neuroscience or experimental psychology with a special focus on psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas.
  • Good level of written and spoken English.

Research experience in the domain of speech perception and production, especially with acoustics/phonetics analysis techniques, will be an asset. Possession of a Master degree in the area of psycholinguistics or cognitive sciences (or any other related area) is highly recommended and will be positively valued. Speaking Spanish and/or French would also be a plus to facilitate preparation of stimulus materials and running experiments with Spanish and French native participants.

For more information:

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 The Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities has published the call for PhD Students 2018. The application period is from 09/10/18 to 29/10/18 2018 at 15:00h.

The call offers 3 PhD Student positions to join RESEARCH LINE “Language, reading and developmental disorders”. Supervisors will be Prof. Carreiras, Dr. Lallier and Dr. Molinaro.

The call offers 1 PhD Student position to join RESEARCH LINE “Neurodegeneration, brain damage and in healthy aging: Language and Cognition(Language and Memory Control)”. Supervisor will be Dr. Paz-Alonso

For more information:

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