Research Position Available at NYU

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Junior Laboratory Associate 


Psychology Department and Linguistics Department


New York, NY


The Neurolinguistics Lab (PI: Liina Pylkkanen) in the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics at NYU is seeking a full-time Junior Laboratory Associate for an NSF-funded project on the neural basis of language in elementary school children. The project uses magnetoencephalography for brain measurements and involves recruitment and science outreach in the New York City area. 

Our lab aims to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and do their best work. We have a deep commitment to diversity and encourage applications from underrepresented groups in higher education.

Responsibilities for the position include recruitment, collecting and analyzing MEG and behavioral data, project administration, organization of data for release to the public, and write up of results for conference presentations and publications.     


– A Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology,

Neuroscience, or a related field

– Outstanding enthusiasm and ability to work with children and families from varied backgrounds 

– Initiative, attention to detail, responsibility and superb organizational skills 

– Ability to get up-to-speed quickly with new tools and technologies

– Flexible working hours

– Strong writing skills

Additional highly desired qualifications include:

– Experience with psycho- or neurolinguistic research

– Experience with EEG or MEG research

– Background in statistics and programming (Python, Matlab, R)

– Experience with scientific outreach

– Experience interacting with children and families in educational or research settings.

Application Instructions  

Interested applicants must apply through the following Interfolio link:

Please submit a cover letter, a CV, and contact information for two references

Appointment terms

The position is available immediately. The position is for an initial one-year appointment and is potentially renewable until August, 2022. Salary for the position is $40,000 annually.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.  New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. New York University is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth (or related medical condition), sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, caregiver status, national origin, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. *********************************************
Liina Pylkkanen
Professor of Linguistics and Psychology
New York University
10 Washington Place Rm 605, New York, NY 10003

Congratulations – ILLC Alumni Graduate School Acceptances!

Zian Jaffery (2017-2018 fellow) has started the Masters in Speech Language Pathology at New York University-Steinhart.  Daniella Shimoonov (2017-2018 fellow) was accepted in four graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and she will start Brooklyn College Masters program in the Fall.  Linda Fauz (2018-2019 fellow) will start the Clinical Doctoral Program in Audiology at Adelphi in September.  Samuel Liff (2018-2019 fellow) will be moving to the West Coast in the Fall: he has obtained a generous scholarship from both the Linguistics Department and the Center for Jewish Studies to pursue the Doctoral Program in Linguistics at the University of Berkeley.

Congratulations to all!

NSF-REU ILLC Program represented at Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM!

Congratulations to Deema Farraj and Marwa Elraey who both obtained travel awards to participate in the 10th Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, Washington, DC.  Deema gave an oral presentation on Identifying Sex: Using Modified Sine Wave Speech to Test Listener Perception of Voices and Marwa delivered a poster presentation titled A Language Attitude Study exploring Arabic Diglossia in New York City. See photos below.

Strong Presence of the ILLC Program at ASHA 2019 in Orlando, Florida!

The NSF-REU Site program was very well represented at ASHA 2019 that took place last November in Orlando, Florida. Congrats to NSF-REU Site alumni Ann Kochupurackal (2018/9)- now Doctoral Student in Cognitive Science at Tuft University, Chana Karp (2018/9)- now a Masters Students in Speech-Language Pathology at Hunter College, Daniella Shimoonov (2017/8) and Sarah Feng (2017/8) who presented posters on different aspects of their projects!

Pictures below (that include Marija Binch and Jessica Fracasse, volunteers at YVY Research Institute who assisted Chana and Daniella with their data collection and processing).

Sarah Feng and Amy Wu present at NELS 2019, MIT!

Congratulations to Sarah Feng and Amy Wu (now a Masters Student in Computational Linguistics at Brandeis) who have continued to work on their ILLC project this past year and presented a Perceived Pitch and Formant Frequencies in the Perception of Lexical Tones in Cantonese at the 50th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society that was held on October 25-27 at MIT, their mentor Prof. Nissenbaum’s alma mater!

Yerania Poline represents ILLC program at National NSF-REU site conference!

Congratulations to Yerania Poline who represented our ILLC program at the national NSF-REU site conference organized by the Council for Undergraduate Research in Alexandria, Virginia. Students and faculty from NSF-REU sites across the country shared their work and their insights and benefitted from professional development training workshops. Yerania’s presentation was one of three posters that represented a linguistics program!

Yerania presenting her poster at CUR 2019

Our News: Current-Cohort Presentation by Samuel Liff

Congratulations to Samuel Liff! Thanks to a Hearst Opportunities Fund Scholarship award (for CUNY baccalaureate students), Samuel Liff presented his NSF-ILLC funded project at the second International Conference on Yiddish Language Structures (YiLaS 2), held at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. The conference focused on structural aspects of the Yiddish language system and included both theoretical and empirical presentations by experts in the linguistic analyses of Yiddish from the US and abroad. It was a great learning experience and success for Samuel: Many attendees showed interest in his project, gave constructive feedback, and expressed the wish to keep in touch.

Photos below!

Mental Note, an undergraduate Cognitive Science journal

Mental Note, an undergraduate Cognitive Science journal

The Mental Note is the only of its kind – an undergraduate research journal dedicated to furthering Cognitive Science Research. We’re affiliated with the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science, which houses many experts in the field. With this affiliation comes close support and talent from Rutgers’ Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology departments. Looking forward, we hope to encourage undergraduate researchers to take part in the interdisciplinary conversation, and appreciate the different viewpoints that Cognitive Science offers researchers of its various sub-disciplines.
First Call for Papers!
Mental Note is now accepting submissions for this year’s issue. Mental Note is an Academic Journal dedicated to Cognitive Science, aimed at publishing undergraduate research. We are looking for college-level research papers and theoretical works and commentaries pertaining to the Cognitive Sciences.

We expect all submitted papers to follow the guidelines described in the Author Guidelines.

Timeline: We are accepting papers now through July 31st, 2019. Reviewing will begin August 1st, 2019, with the expectation to officially publish our inaugural issue by November 15th, 2019.

Overview: Mental Note does not accept full-length papers. Instead, we are looking for shorter submissions that should be no shorter than 1500 words, or about 3 pages single spaced, and no longer than 5000 words, or about 10 pages single spaced.

Eligible Work: You need not be an undergraduate to submit your work; however, submissions should include original work that was mainly completed as an undergraduate student in Cognitive Science related fields, including philosophy, computer science, psychology, linguistics, neuroscience (and others). Research and papers done for classes, honors theses, and independent work are all welcome. We also accept commentaries. For original research, students must include a sponsoring statement from their faculty advisor to assure the quality of work and that all ethical considerations, if applicable, have been followed. If there are questions about the suitability of the work for this journal, please contact the editorial team.

Submission Type: There are three types of submissions, empirical, theoretical, and commentary papers. The first two should focus on the impact of your research. For empirical work, methods should not be overly detailed, and there should be more emphasis on setting up the problem and the implications of your findings. The what, why, how, and impact of this work should be clear. Similarly, theoretical work should include a clear overview of what you are researching and the impact of your conclusions. This is to ensure both brevity and readability for people of all expertise.

The third option is submitting a commentary paper. Commentaries are not your original research and are responses to others published work in Cognitive Science. The topic you choose to write about is something that you are knowledgeable in and your commentary should be an informed critique of the research.

Our News: Graduate School Admissions!

Congratulations to our current cohort for a number of acceptances to outstanding graduate programs!

  • Melissa Baker has been accepted to the AudD program at the Long Island Audiology Consortium of Adelphi University.
  • Chana Karp has been accepted to the Hunter College Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Ann Kochupurackal has been accepted to the Tufts University Psychology/Cognitive Science PhD program with five years of funding and tuition remission.
  • Steven Mera has been accepted to the Master’s programs in Speech-Language Pathology at Columbia, Brooklyn College, and MGH.

Our News: More Current-Cohort Presentations

We are pleased to announce two more current-cohort conference presentations:

Congratulations to Ann Kochuprakal, who presented a poster at LIU Discovery Day on April 24th, 2019 on the validity of a working memory test, part of her larger project on hearing impairment and cognitive decline in bilinguals!

Congratulations to Samuel Liff, who presented a poster on null subjects in Hasidic Yiddish at the 25th Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference in Iowa City, May 3-4, 2019!

Our News: Current Cohort & Alumni Presented at NYSSLHA

A few of our current and former students presented at the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) in Albany, NY, May 2-5, 2019! Congratulations to alumna Daniella Shimoonov (2017-2018 cohort) and Chana Karp (2018-2019), who presented a poster on Hebrew-English and Russian-English bilinguals,  and to alumna Sarah Feng (2017-2018 cohort), who presented a poster on her ILLC/PSC-CUNY project on modified sine wave speech and tone perception in Cantonese.

Photos below!

New M.S. in Computational Linguistics

From: Anna Feldman

I’m a professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at Montclair State University. We’re launching a new degree here at Montclair and I thought some of your majors/minors might be interested in it. I’m attaching a flyer and some info below.

Here’s the link to the new program:

We have a  number of Graduate Assistantship positions, which will be awarded on a competitive basis.

We are also organizing a webinar new week:
Computational Linguistics (MS) Webinar – Register Now
Event date and time: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM (ET)

Flyer here

Extra Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Colloquium @ the Grad Center

Extra Colloquium: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 2:45-4pm
365 Fifth Ave. Room 7102

Loan-word adaptation in Palestinian Arabic and Hebrew

Lior Laks/Bar-Ilan University

This talk will examine language contact in Palestinian Arabic (PA) and Hebrew.  I will examine cases in which the two languages borrow English words and apply different types of strategies of morphological adaptation.

Focus is on two main case studies:

(i) the formation of denominative verbs and the competition between verbal patterns (e.g. PA fannaš ‘finished’, tnarfaz ‘became nervous’ and Hebrew fikses ‘faxed’);

(ii)  pluralization of loan nouns in PA and the competition  between sound plural (e.g.  faks-faksa:t ‘fax’),  broken plural  (folder-fala:dir ‘folder’)  and cases where both plural forms exists (ballo:n-ballo:na:t/balali:n ‘balloon’).

In the talk I consider the different criteria that are taken into account in selection of one formation strategy over another and will shed light on the degree of integration of loanwords. Focus will be on non-concatenative word formation and the status of the consonantal root.

Interested students and faculty are welcome to join us in the 8th-floor cafeteria at 1pm to buy lunch and converse with Profs. Laks and Obler.