Postdoctoral Scholar/Neuroscience of Language and Reading

University Park Campus
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open until filled
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College of the Liberal Arts
Department of Psychology


Qualified individuals are invited to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in the area of cognitive neuroscience and language/reading comprehension. The fellowship is supported by the NSF’s Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems Program as part of the White House BRAIN initiative (see For an abstract of the research project, see The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for second and third years. Salary and benefits are based on NSF guidelines, commensurate with experience and qualifications. A qualified candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree or have completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D. by the time of appointment with a desired area of study in cognitive neuroscience. Experience in functional MRI studies of language and/or literacy and technical experiences with MatLab, Unix/Linux, Python and MRI-related data processing skills are also desirable. The successful candidate will join the PI`s research team to work on an integrative project in the neurocognitive study of language representation and processing, with particular reference to reading comprehension in first and second languages by children and adults. The project will be carried out in the Brain, Language, and Computation (BLC) Lab ( of the Department of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. The postdoc fellow will have opportunities to interact with several vibrant research communities at Penn State with which the BLC lab is closely associated, including the Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition (, the Center for Language Science (, the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (, the Institute of the Neurosciences (, and the Institute for CyberScience ( Applicants should send a CV, a cover letter with a brief statement of research experience and interests, and 2-3 recent publications(in PDF). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date of the position is flexible although an early 2016 date is preferable.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088