PhD positions at BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language

Funded PhD candidate positions at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language – BCBL- (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) is offering a predoctoral position to work on a PhD funded project to investigate the effects of bilingualism on language development in the first years of life. The PhD student will join the Infant Language and Cognition group at the BCBL to work under the supervision of Dr. Marina Kalashnikova.

Application requirements: Applicants should have a Master’s (or equivalent Honours) degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Linguistics, and/or neighboring areas. The applicants must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills in English (knowledge of Spanish and/or Basque is not a requirement). Previous experimental experience in developmental research is an asset (but not required).

The successful PhD student will have access to the BCBL BabyLab, which is fully equipped for conducting behavioural and neurophysiological research with young infants and children and has access to an extensive database of monolingual and bilingual families. The student’s responsibilities will include the design and implementation of a research project under the supervision of Dr. Kalashnikova and contribution to the collaborative research activities of the group by recruiting and testing infant participants, analysing behavioural and neurophysiological data, and preparing research reports for journal publication and presentations at national and international conferences. The candidate must have excellent communication skills, be able to interact well with scientific colleagues, and work well both independently and as part of a team. T

he student will receive a stipend of 17.785€ (gross/year).

The BCBL  promotes a rich research environment and provides access to the most advanced behavioural and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla Siemens PrismaFit MRI scanner, a whole-head MEG system, four EEG labs, a fNIRS lab, a BabyLab,  two eye-tracking labs, and several behavioural labs. The BCBL hosts excellent support staff and research personnel. More information about the BCBL can be found at: https://www.bcbl.eu/

To submit your application, please follow this link: http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for “PhD Infant Language and Cognition group 2020” and upload before September 1st, 2020:

·         A curriculum vitae
·         A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position (1 page maximum)
·         Two letters of recommendation

For further information about this position, contact Dr. Marina Kalashnikova ( m.kalashnikova@bcbl.eu).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview.

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The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language – BCBL- (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) is offering a predoctoral position to work on a PhD funded project to investigate metacognitive functions using real-time functional MRI. The PhD student will join the Consciousness group at the BCBL to work under the supervision of David Soto.

Application requirements: Applicants should have an honours and a Masters degree in Computer Science, Machine Learning, Engineering, Neuroscience, or other relevant area. They must have a strong interest in consciousness and cognition coupled with strong computational skills in Python. Experience with state-of-the art neuroimaging techniques would be an advantage but not required. However, the applicant must demonstrate knowledge and experience in the implementation of machine learning models in Python and a keen interest in mastering neuroimaging methods. The candidate must also demonstrate an excellent knowledge of English both written and oral. The duties of the post-holder will be (i) design and implement psychophysical tasks and neuroimaging protocols, identify improvements and/or propose new analysis pipelines under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (ii) recruiting and testing healthy young adult participants (iii) analysing neuroimaging and behavioural data (iv) writing reports for publication in international reputable journals (v) presenting results at internal lab meetings, national, and international conferences. The candidate must have excellent communication skills, be able to interact well with scientific colleagues, and work well both independently and as part of a team. Excellent coding, analytical and presentation skills are highly desirable.

The student will receive a stipend of 17.785€ (gross/year).

The BCBL  promotes a rich research environment and provides access to the most advanced behavioural and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla Siemens PrismaFit MRI scanner, a whole-head MEG system, four EEG labs, a fNIRS lab, a BabyLab,  two eye-tracking labs, and several behavioural labs. The BCBL hosts excellent support staff and research personnel. More information about the BCBL can be found at: https://www.bcbl.eu/

To submit your application, please follow this link: http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for “PhD Consciousness group 2020” and upload before September 1st, 2020:

·         A curriculum vitae
·         A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position (1 page maximum)
·         Two letters of recommendationFor further information about this position, contact Prof. David Soto ( d.soto@bcbl.eu).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview.

PhD Student Position: Cross-linguistic activation effects in bilingual language processing and learning

Applications are invited for a full-time 4-year PhD research position (pre-doctoral grant for Formation of Researchers of the Spanish Government – Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores – FPI) in The Bilingual Mind group in the Dept. of Linguistics and Basque Studies at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Vitoria-Gasteiz.

The successful applicant will work on a new research project titled Cross-linguistic activation effects in bilingual language processing and learning led by Dr. Kepa Erdozia and Dr. Mikel Santesteban (Official title in Spanish: La activación interlingüística en el cambio de lengua y el aprendizaje de segundas lenguas; Acronym: CROSS-LING; Code: PGC2018-097970-B-I00), founded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (Spanish Government).

Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)
University: The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Starting time: Beginning of 2020
Salary and conditions:
17.185€ per year (gross salary, around 1200€ per month)
+ payment of the PhD program tuition fees
+ additional financial support for research-related stays abroad (up to 6,250€)

Deadline: On 7th November 2019, 2pm (Spanish time, UTC+2)

Project
This project aims to study important aspects related to bilingual language learning and processing. Although previous research shows that bilinguals are highly efficient at managing the activation of their two languages, it is well documented that cross-linguistic activation affects bilingual speakers’ L2 learning and processing. However, it is still not well understood the extent to which this cross-linguistic activation affects the different processes involved in language use. Thus, part of this project will investigate effects of L1 influence on L2 processing and L2 rule-learning, and another part will investigate the way cross-linguistic activation modulates language control and language selection mechanisms of bilingual speakers and thus affects their decision to switch between languages. We will also investigate whether the costs of processing code-switched sentences affect bilingual speakers’ sentence comprehension. The successful applicant will develop a research project related to these topics and will be able to investigate these issues making use of different experimental paradigms and techniques.

General selection criteria:
– Previous experience in designing, running and analysing psycholinguistic experiments (behavioural, eye-tracking and/or ERPs).
– Motivation to learn about bilingualism, language learning and/or language production/comprehension.
– Background in linguistics, psycholinguistics/neurolinguistics, psychology and/or cognitive psychology.
– Programming skills (R, Python, Matlab).
– Skill in working both independently and as part of a team.
– Good English language skills. (Basque and/or Spanish would be a plus, but is not necessary.)

Applicants must register for the Linguistics PhD program before the beginning of the contract, and have a Master’s degree before signing the contract.
Applicants from outside the EU are welcome to apply but must qualify for a valid visa.

How to apply:
Applications should be submitted through the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.
Deadline: On 7th November 2019, 2pm (Spanish time, UTC+2)

For informal enquiries about the position and applications, please contact Kepa Erdozia (kepa.erdozia@ehu.eus) or Mikel Santesteban (mikel.santesteban@ehu.eus).

For enquiries about the way to fill in the application, please contact Edurne Petrirena: edurne.petrirena@ehu.eus.