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Postdoctoral position available in our lab: Cognitive Neuroscience, Creativity, and Language

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Postdoctoral Scholar/Cognitive Neuroscience, Creativity, and Language

Qualified individuals are invited to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in the area of cognitive neuroscience, creativity, and language processing. The fellowship is supported by a collaborative NSF-grant, awarded to Dr. Janet van Hell (The Pennsylvania State University) and Dr. Zahed Siddique (University of Oklahoma). The postdoctoral scholar will be stationed at the Pennsylvania State University.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral candidate with a strong neuroscience background (in particular electroencephalography, EEG) who will play a key role in this NSF-funded project that examines creativity and language processing in engineering students. Specifically, the project combines EEG techniques (including Event-Related Potentials and EEG power changes) to study individual differences in divergent thinking and language processing (such as comprehension of metaphors) in engineering students.

Candidates must have a Ph.D in Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics, or a related field, or have completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D by the time of appointment. Experience with EEG techniques is strongly preferred. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to design and coordinate EEG experiments, present data at national and international conferences, and write manuscripts. Extensive mentorship is available for these activities to help prepare for an independent research career. The postdoctoral scholar will have ample opportunities to interact with several vibrant research communities at Penn State University (including the Center for Language Science,; the Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition,; and the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center, The initial appointment will be for one year, with the strong possibility of renewal for a second year. Salary and benefits are based on NSF guidelines, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates should upload a CV, a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, 2-3 recent publications, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date of the appointment is flexible but no later than September 2017. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Janet van Hell at 814-867-2337 or Apply online at

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