I am an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. My research is aimed at linking what we know about language to what we know about the brain, with the goal of developing better models of language processing and the neural mechanisms underlying it. I use a wide range of behavioral and neurophysiological techniques towards this end, including ERPs, MEG, and fMRI, in collaboration with students and faculty across the department. Much of my recent work has examined how readers and listeners use their knowledge of the language to build expectations about the upcoming input, and I am beginning to also look at how these expectations may break down in neuropsychological disorders such as schizophrenia.
NEW: Postdoctoral position in cognitive neuroscience of language at University of Maryland
Applications are solicited for a postdoctoral position in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab at the University of Maryland Department of Linguistics. Applicants should have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, or a related field. Prior experience in language processing research or fMRI is required, and experience in both is a distinct advantage. International applicants are welcome.
The successful candidate will contribute to research that seeks to combine the strengths of multiple neuroimaging and behavioral measures to understand the dynamics of language processing in the brain. The Department of Linguistics (http://ling.umd.edu) is part of a large and vibrant community of language scientists across the UMD campus (http://languagescience.umd.edu/). The department houses state-of-the-art facilities for conducting EEG and MEG research, and a 3T MRI scanner was installed on campus in 2011 as the centerpiece of the new Maryland Neuroimaging Center (http://mnc.umd.edu/). Candidates who could contribute to the development of fMRI analysis routines and provide support to other members of the group in conducting fMRI experiments are thus especially desired.
The appointment will be made for one year beginning in Summer/Fall 2013, with possibility of renewal for a second year. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applicants should send a cover letter, a statement of research interests, relevant manuscripts and publications, and the names of 3 referees to Professor Ellen Lau at email@example.com.