School of Communication

Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Group

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Post-Doctoral Position

The Northwestern Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Laboratory is accepting applications for a Post-Doctoral position focused on research in bilingualism and the consequences of knowing multiple languages for linguistic, cognitive, neural, and developmental processes.

Requirements include:
(1) a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or a related field;
(2) experience conducting research with linguistically diverse populations (e.g., bilinguals, multilinguals, second or third language learners, individuals with language disorders) in areas including, but not limited to, linguistic and cognitive processing, audio-visual interaction, neural function, language learning, language and memory, language and cognitive development;
(3) strong writing skills;
(4) solid quantitative skills (multivariate statistics);
(5) ability to think critically and broadly;
(6) ability to work well both independently and with others.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with (one or more, specify which):
(1) MATLAB or/and R,
(2) computational modeling,
(3) eye-tracking,
(4) ERP,
(5) publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

Northwestern University is located in Evanston, IL, within the Chicago metropolitan area, and offers world-class urban, suburban, and rural living possibilities within a close radius for individuals of diverse backgrounds and interests. Salary is competitive and consistent with NIH guidelines.

To apply, candidates should email a Curriculum Vitae, a one-page research statement, two sample publications, and the contact information of three referees to Dr. Viorica Marian, Finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will start on January 16, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date negotiable between March and December 2017.

Graduate Students

Prospective students interested in applying for a PhD degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders should consult the following links:

For inquiries specific to the Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Group, email the director, Dr. Viorica Marian (v-marian at northwestern dot edu). Please include your CV, GRE scores, unofficial transcripts, and specific research interests.

Undergraduate Students

Northwestern University undergraduate students can join our research group by engaging in research as part of an Independent Study registration, by conducting honors thesis projects, or for work-study hours. Students should plan to work a minimum of 10 hours per week. Tasks will include stimuli preparation, data collection, and data coding. Required skills include previous research or statistics-based coursework (e.g., research methods, statistics, or other comparable courses). Preferred skills include previous research experience, familiarity with SPSS and/or MATLAB, and knowledge of a second language. Interested students should email their resume/CV, unofficial transcripts, and test scores (e.g., SAT) to the lab manager at, phone number 847-491-2656.

Ongoing Studies

If you are interested in being part of ongoing studies see the participate page.