[Elsnet-list] Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge (UK)

Anna Korhonen alk23 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Sep 26 00:41:22 CEST 2008

Computational  Natural Language Processing and the Neuro-Cognition of Language

Post-doctoral position

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK

Ref CBSU08/347

***  Closing date: 10th October 2008 ***

Applications are invited for a three year 
post-doctoral position, based at the MRC 
Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, to conduct 
neuro-imaging research into the dynamic neural 
systems underlying human language comprehension, 
working in an interdisciplinary cross-linguistic 
research environment, with access to state-of-the 
art MEG (306-channel Elekta/Neuromag VectorView) 
and MRI (Siemens Trio 3T) imaging facilities.

This position is funded by an interdisciplinary 
EPSRC (UK) grant to Lorraine Tyler (Centre for 
Speech Language and Brain, Cambridge), William 
Marslen-Wilson (MRC-CBSU), Anna Korhonen 
(Computing Lab, Cambridge) and Paula Buttery 
(Research Centre for English and Applied 
Linguistics), which aims to integrate research in 
cognitive neuroscience, experimental 
psycholinguistics and Natural Language Processing 
(NLP).  Modern advances in NLP provide much more 
realistic analyses of the statistical properties 
of language use. The aim of the project is to 
integrate these analyses with neuro-imaging 
investigations of how brain systems respond to 
variations in the statistical properties of 
linguistic inputs at different levels of 
description (morphological, syntactic, semantic).

You should have doctoral training in 
neuro-imaging with a strong interest in studying 
the neuro-cognition of language, and a 
willingness to take on the challenge of 
systematically relating the statistical 
properties of linguistic inputs to the 
statistical properties of the dynamic neural response to these inputs.

The starting salary will be in the range of 
£25,368 - £31,048 per annum, depending upon 
qualifications and experience.  This is supported 
by a flexible pay and reward policy, and optional 
MRC final salary Pension Scheme.  We offer 30 
days annual leave entitlement.  On site parking is available.

For informal discussion, contact William 
Marslen-Wilson, CBSU Director, by email: 
william.marslen-wilson at mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk. Further 
information on the unit can be found at http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk.

Applications for this role must now be made 
online at http://jobs.mrc.ac.uk.  Please ensure 
that you upload a current CV and covering letter 
with your application. If you do not have 
internet access or experience technical difficulties please call 01793 301158.

Closing date: 10th October 2008


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