Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroscience of Language and Reading

Pennsylvania State University

United States

Postdoctoral Scholar in the Neuroscience of Language and Reading
Penn State University

Campus/Location:University Park Campus
Campus City:University Park, PA
Date Announced:12/05/2019
Date Closing:open until filled
Job Number:92365
Work Unit:College of Education
Department:Learning and Performance Systems

Qualified individuals are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in the area of cognitive neuroscience and language/reading comprehension. This position is supported by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems Program as part of the BRAIN initiative program (see For an abstract of the research project, see and Salary and benefits are based on NSF guidelines, commensurate with experience and qualifications. A qualified candidate must hold a Ph.D. or have completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D. by the time of appointment with a desired area of study in cognitive neuroscience. Experience in functional MRI studies of language and/or literacy and technical experiences with MatLab, Unix/Linux, R, Python and MRI-related data processing skills are also desirable. The successful candidate will join the PI’s research team to work on an integrative project in the neurocognitive study of language representation and processing, with particular reference to reading comprehension in first and second languages by children and adults. The project will be carried out through the College of Education in collaboration with the Brain, Language, and Computation (BLC) Lab ( of the Department of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have ample opportunities to interact with several vibrant research communities at Penn State with which the BLC lab is closely associated, including the Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition (, the Center for Language Science (, the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (, the Institute of the Neurosciences (, and the Institute for CyberScience ( Applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter with a brief statement of research experience and interests, and 2-3 recent publications (in PDF). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date of the position is preferably January 2020. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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