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The Center for Research in Language offers postdoctoral fellowships in its interdisciplinary training program:

Language, Communication and the Brain

Program Director:
Marta Kutas, Professor of Cognitive Science; Director, CRL

Executive Committee:

Seana Coulson, Professor of Cognitive Science, UCSD
Jeff Elman, Professor of Cognitive Science, UCSD
Karen Emmorey, Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, SDSU
Vic Ferreira, Professor of Psychology, UCSD
Eric Halgren, Professor of Radiology, UCSD
Andrew Kehler, Professor of Linguistics, UCSD
Robert Kluender, Professor of Linguistics, UCSD
Marta Kutas, Professor of Cognitive Science, UCSD
Rachel Mayberry, Professor of Linguistics, UCSD
Keith Rayner, Professor of Psychology, UCSD

Funded by the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders


Our training program emphasizes new technologies and new theoretical frameworks in cognitive science and neuroscience (e.g. advances in neural imaging, electrophysiological and behavioral studies of real-time language processing, computer simulations of language learning and breakdown). The training program integrates the expertise, ideas, populations and technologies that are available in abundance across this community, and places them at the disposal of young scientists interested in the mental and neural mechanisms that underlie language learning, language use and language disorders.

Candidates submit proposals to the Center for Research in Language. Fellows are selected by the Executive Committee, in consultation with the collaborating faculty.  All fellows will specialize in one major area and one minor area from the 5 research components listed below.  Each fellow's training experience will include a combination of research, laboratory rotations, weekly laboratory meetings, coursework, social-scientific gatherings, and oral presentations

Postdoctoral trainees will receive an annual stipend of $39,264 and health and dental insurance coverage. In addition, trainees will receive $800 in funding for travel to a scientific conference as part of their training program


Psycholinguistics includes language processing in normal (monolingual and bilingual) populations and in language-disordered populations using converging evidence from real-time behavioral, ERP, and fMRI techniques as well as lesion studies

Neuroimaging of Language uses Event-related Brain Potential (ERPs), Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), and intracranial recording to study language processing in the brain.

Computational Models of Language encompasses a broad class of techniques that have significantly influenced how psycholinguists think about language. These techniques include the statistical analysis of large scale language corpora to inspire architectures and algorithms that might emulate language acquisition, the training and analysis of neural networks, and Bayesian modeling.

Signed Languages and Gesture studies can provide important insights into the neurobiology and cognitive architecture of human language and thought. This research area uses behavioral, eye tracking, and neuroimaging techniques throughout the lifespan.

Language acquisition and decline may provide critical clues as to the structure of language.  This research approach is three-pronged – behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging – and includes first and second language acquisition in monolinguals and multilingual speakers (and signers), as well as changes in language comprehension and production with normal and abnormal aging and brain damage.


Our trainees have access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities in the departments of Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Psychology, the fMRI Center and the Center for Research in Language.


At the Center for Research in Language we celebrate our diverse community of faculty, students, staff, and visitors. Cultural diversity enriches our lives and our research programs. We welcome individuals of all languages, races, ethnicities, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion and political beliefs.

Requirements for postdoctoral candidates

  1. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident to receive a fellowship (NIH policy).
  2. Postdoctoral fellows will elect one of the five research components as their major area, defined by the fellow's primary laboratory affiliation across all years in residence.
  3. Fellows are expected to attend weekly laboratory meetings within the major area.
  4. In addition, postdoctoral fellows will carry out a 3-6-month rotation in a laboratory associated with a second component of the training program, including attendance at weekly research meetings.
  5. Fellows will present at least one lab meeting or general talk in a lab or department other than the one in which they are a member.
  6. Postdoctoral fellows will be asked to give a short presentation on their work at the on-campus Preuss High School or some equivalent. More experienced fellows will be responsible in part for training incoming fellows. All fellows will be encouraged to contribute to user manuals and development of training materials (e.g., programs in CRL).
  7. A short yearly progress report written in 3 formats for 3 for target audiences, each with a different level of expertise – (1) expert, (2) interested academics, and (2) lay audiences including potential funders. Feedback will be provided by the fellow’s mentor and the University Development Office.
  8. All trainees will attend a fall reception and meet weekly during the academic year on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm for the CRL seminar series.
  9. All trainees will receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research by taking one of the several courses available at UCSD on this subject (e.g. COG SCI 241, Ethics and Academic Survival Skills)   


CRL is not accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year.


Farrell Ackerman, Linguistics
Eric Bakovic, Linguistics
David Barner, Psychology
William Bechtel, Philosophy
Ben Bergen,Cognitive Science
Ursula Bellugi, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Lera Boroditsky, Cognitive Science
Rick Buxton, Radiology, Director, fMRI Center
Gary Cottrell, Computer Science
Seana Coulson, Cognitive Science
Eric Courchesne, Neurosciences
Sarah Creel, Cognitive Science
Anders Dale, Radiology and Neurosciences
Gedeon Deak, Cognitive Science
Jeffrey Elman, Cognitive Science
Karen Emmorey, SDSU School of Speech, Language & Hearing Science
Vic Ferreira, Psychology
Margaret Friend, SDSU Psychology
Timothy Gentner, Psychology & Neurosciences
Jean Mark Gowron, SDSU Linguistics

Ralph Greenspan, Kavli Inst. Brain & Mind
Eric Halgren, Radiology
John Haviland, Anthropology
Edwin Hutchins, Cognitive Science
Terry Jernigan, Cognitive Science
Andy Kehler, Linguistics
Robert Kluender, Linguistics
Marta Kutas, Cognitive Science, Neurosciences
Roger Levy, Linguistics
Tracy Love, SDSU School of Speech, Language & Hearing Science
Rob Malouf, SDSU Linguistics
Rachel Mayberry, Linguistics
Alysson Muotri, Pediatrics
Rafael Nuñez, Cognitive Science
Carol Padden, Communication
Howard Poizner, Institute for Neural Computation
Keith Rayner, Psychology
Ayse Saygin, Cognitive Science
Jeanne Townsend, Neurosciences
Doris Trauner, Pediatrics, Neurosciences


Congratulations to Dr. Marta Kutas on being awarded the 2015 Distinguished Career Contributions Award. Dr. Kutas will give her award lecture on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in San Francisco.

CRL is excited to present the latest CRL Newsletter, featuring technical report:
Language Skills and Speed of Auditory Processing in Young Children
J.A. Avenzino, M. Gonzalez Robledo, & G.O. Deák