Postdoctoral research fellow, human intracranial research of language function

Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 23, 2019
Nov 22, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

The Nelson Neurophysiology Lab is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with an interest in human intracranial neurophysiology and/or language processing in the brain. Research in the lab focuses on uncovering the neural basis of linguistic syntactic structure-building and semantic representation, studying primarily language comprehension as opposed to production. The successful candidate will conduct research involving stimulating and recording intracranially from neurosurgical patients performing language tasks, including but not limited to sentence and word comprehension. These will be complemented by related noninvasive experiments with MEG, TMS and EEG. See the lab website for more information.


The position requires a PhD in a field relevant to quantitative cognitive neuroscience and neurolinguistics research, including neuroscience, psychology, engineering or linguistics with an interest in neuroscience. Good programming ability (Matlab, R or Python) is required, and a strong quantitative background is preferred. Research experience with neurophysiology in animals or humans, TMS, MEG, EEG, eyetracking or other behavioral studies is highly desirable. Experience or interest with computational neuroscience and/or linguistics is also desirable.


Our lab is in the Neurosurgery Department in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). We collaborate closely with neurosurgeons and neurologists at UAB, making use of the rich patient resources UAB offers to study language in the brain. Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, is the cultural and entertainment epicenter of Alabama, encompassing art museums, theaters, concert venues and numerous festivals and events. The city offers excellent outdoor activities for people that are passionate about reconnecting with nature in an otherwise urban landscape, and provides a very livable, and family-friendly community.


Interested applicants to open positions can send a CV and a brief statement of interest, as well as contact information for two references to:

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