Updated: 9 months ago
Deadline: 22 Sep 2019


Cognitive Neuroscience of Language

Are you a postdoctoral researcher thinking about your next career move? The Junior Leader Incoming Fellowships are a great option if you are an experienced researcher looking to give your career a boost by working abroad. Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona allows you to work in a first class research environment while benefitting from an attractive salary to cover living, travel and family and research costs.

Group and project information

Applicants will be integrated into the research group “Brain Mechanisms of Language Learning”; (P.I. Ruth de Diego-Balaguer).

Our group uses an integrative approach at the edge of different research fields combining information from brain-damaged patients and imaging in healthy individuals to understand the neural and cognitive mechanisms engaged since the earliest stages of contact with a new language. We are particularly interested in (1) the role of the attentional system in the acquisition of different aspects of language; (2) the role of the striatum as a brain structure that could make the interface between language and other cognitive functions necessary in the learning process; (3) how is the acquired information consolidated and modified by additional new information.

The Group is integrated within the larger Unit Cognition and Brain Plasticity from the University of Barcelona and in the Biomedical Research Institute IDIBELL allowing close interaction with the Hospital. The Unit is composed of five groups working in different but complementary topics (Music, Memory, Brain Plasticity, Neurdegeneration) and methodologies (Structural and functional MRI, EEG, TMS) and the Unit is characterized by its multidisciplinarity, grouping PIs and Master and PhD students coming from different disciplines (Physics, Biology, Neurology, Psychology, Engineering, Linguistics) and by a high level of interactivity between the groups attested by co-supervised Thesis and co-authored papers from the different groups. The group attracts increasing number of international students coming for long and short visits or doing their PhDs and has several international collaborations. The everyday interaction and discussions in the seminars ensure with no doubt a highly enriching environment.

Requirements for candidates:


  • They should have earned their doctoral degree 2 to 7 years prior to 8 October.

  • List other required skills: Training in cognitive neuroscience, programming skills for imaging analysis and experimental setting, independence and initiative and interest in interdisciplinary research. Modelling experience would be an alternative asset.


English: Excellent

Specific Requirements:

  • Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately preceding October 8. Short stays, such as holidays, will not be taken into account.

Working conditions:

  • Three maximum annual payments of €97,500 which include labor costs €59,000; annual research project costs €38,500; gross annual family assistance €1,200 and mobility assistance €5,400

  • Duration: 3 years

  • Full time temporary contract

  • Starting date: flexible from beginning of April 2020

How to apply

Please submit your CV (and Motivation Letter) to: Ruth de Diego-Balaguer ( ); Reference: Junior Leader Candidate)

Deadline: 22/09/2019

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