Jobs and scholarships


POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS: Sound perception, U. Pennsylvania (Yale Cohen)

We are seeking highly motivated post-doctoral fellows to participate in a research program that tests the neural bases of sound perception. This research will be conducted at the University of Philadelphia. The goals of these projects are to test the contribution of various regions of the auditory cortex and prefrontal cortex to sound perception in non-human primates.

Candidates should have a PhD. Those with an MD will be considered but only if the candidates have a strong scientific background. A strong candidate will have experience in systems and computational neuroscience; recording and analysis of single- and multi-unit activity and local-field potentials from awake, behaving animals (in particular non-human primates); experience in training animals on operant tasks; analysis of behavioral data and electrophysiological data; computational-analysis skills; and programming skills. We are interested in individuals who have a good personality and can interact well with other members of the laboratory.

The positions are funded through two new R01s and are available immediately. One of the grants is funded to Yale Cohen. The second is funded to both Yale Cohen and Yonatan Fishman.Salary will be based on experience and the NIH post-doctoral scale.

The University of Pennsylvania has an outstanding environment for neuroscience; in particular, systems and computational neuroscience. The environment is further enriched by the PIs’ ongoing collaborations with other members of the Penn Neuroscience community.

For more information or to apply, contact Yale Cohen (YaleECohen at ) or Yon Fishman (yonatan.fishman at Interested applicants should send a CV; a brief statement of research interests; and names of 2-3 referees.


5 POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS: Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, Ontario

The Brain and Mind Institute (BMI) at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada has funding available for 5 new postdoctoral fellows.  The BMI is recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutes in cognitive neuroscience and aims to understand how the brain allows us to perceive the world, makes sense of what we see and hear, remember the past and plan for the future, communicate our thoughts to others, choose goals, plan actions and carry those actions out.  The BMI has access to state-of-the-art facilities for cognitive neuroscience research, including magnetic resonance imaging (with research-dedicated 3T and 7T MRI scanners for fMRI, DTI, MRS, etc.), neurophysiology, human electrophysiology (EEG, ERP, EMG), neurostimulation (TMS, tDCS), cluster computing, access to a diverse range of clinical populations, human behavioral and kinematic testing equipment, and a sleep lab.

Potential applicants should contact one or more prospective advisors at BMI to discuss possibilities.  The postdoctoral salary will provide two years of salary split equally between BMI funding and grants from the advisor(s).

To apply please send the following to Denise Soanes <>: (1) the postdoctoral candidate’s CV; (2) two reference letters (sent directly to Denise Soanes by the referees); (3) a statement from the proposed advisor(s) indicating a willingness to support the applicant and to provide matching funds toward the salary and the proposed starting date; (4) a one-page description of the proposed project; and (5) one short paragraph indicating how the applicant and/or project will advance research at the BMI (which may include helping new faculty launch their labs, bringing new methodological or analytic expertise to the BMI, facilitating new collaborations between labs at BMI and/or other groups on campus, and/or recruiting excellent candidates to work on innovative projects).

Questions about details of the application process should be sent to Denise Soanes <>.  

Broader questions about the fellowships may be sent to Dr. Melvyn Goodale <>, Director of the BMI.

The deadline for applications for the first round of competition is July 1, 2014.


POSTDOCTORAL POSITION: Cognitive neuroscience of hearing and communication, Western University, Ontario

Brain and Mind Institute/School of Communication Sciences and Disorders/National Centre for Audiology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Postdoctoral positions are available to study the cognitive neuroscience of hearing and communication with Ingrid Johnsrude, at the University of Western Ontario.

Successful applicants will use behavioural methods and/or fMRI and/or electrophysiological methods in young and/or older listeners to study how sound, particularly (but not exclusively) speech, is processed by the brain, and how processing is influenced by attention and prior knowledge. Specific projects depend largely upon the interests of the successful applicants.

Positions require a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, hearing science, neuroscience, physiology, engineering, computer science, etc); excellent quantitative and computer skills, and effective oral and written communication skills.

Positions are in the Brain and Mind Institute at Western, which is a vibrant group including 27 PIs, 15 research associates, and 32 postdoctoral fellows. It is one of North America’s foremost cognitive neuroscience groups, with both 3T and 7T MRI systems, TMS, and cutting-edge facilities for other types of psychophysical, electrophysiological and cognitive assessment. Depending on applicant interest and project requirements, close collaboration with researchers in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and/or in the National Centre for Audiology, would be possible.

Positions are available from Sept 2014 (or after), with funding from the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Western University. Salary is competitive and will depend upon qualifications and experience.  A range of benefits is available depending on length of appointment.

To apply, please send the following materials to Ingrid Johnsrude:
1) A detailed curriculum vitae;
2) PDFs or hard copies of any publications that are not readily available on-line;
3) Two letters of reference, including one from the PhD advisor.

Deadline for applications is June 20, 2014, or until positions are filled. Please write to Ingrid if you would like more information.

Ingrid Johnsrude, PhD
University of Western Ontario
Department of Psychology and
School of Communication
Sciences & Disorders
London Ontario Canada N6A 3K7
e-mail: or


Ph.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: Aix-Marseilles University, France

The PhD program in Integrative and Clinical Neuroscience at
Aix-Marseilles University
( opens a call
for PhD scholarships for non-French MSc-level candidates.

Details of the call can be found here:

Two projects of potential interest to the list include
(#9) Cerebral bases of acquired and developmental phonagnosia, Pascal Belin
(#14) Evolution of brainstem and cortical auditory processing in young Cochlear Implant users, Daniele Shon

Details on all projects can be found here:




8 thoughts on “Jobs and scholarships

  1. Hi Dr. Williamson!
    Your website has been a tremendous help!
    I was wondering if you knew of any scholarships directed towards international students wanting to study in Australia?
    I have checked the Australian embassy’s website, the university I wish to attends website, and many other places. I have found a few but was wondering if you knew of any scholarships or grants for music directed psychological research?
    Or anything that would help with funding.

    Thank you so much,

  2. Hi Brian – thanks for the kind words, they are much appreciated. I see that you have already been very productive in your search for funding! The only thing I can suggest otherwise is contacting the Australian music psychology society to see if they know anything more:
    Best wishes for your plans,

  3. Dear Vicky,

    Thank you for your sweet website! Could you please help me find some institutes and labs in German, which focus on psychology of music? Thank you so much!

    Kind regards,

  4. Greetings Dr. Victoria Williamson,

    Thank you for all the content on this website. Honestly it is with your help from this site that I have been admitted to Goldsmith Univeristy Music, Mind & Brain programme. I was just recently accepted into this programme and I am an American International student, and I wanted to know do you have any Funding insight for Scholarships, Grants, etc that I could use to help me pay for tuition, boarding, etc while I am there. This will be a huge move for me, and its the opportunity of a lifetime so any information you could provide I’d greatly appreciate it.



  5. Hi A. Congratulations, I am so happy that you found the site to be useful for your application!
    I can absolutely sympathise with your question about funding sources. Sadly these are very scarce for UK masters programs at present. Goldsmiths used to have a fee reduction option for foreign students (ask the course directors about this).
    I suspect that it is too late for most of the major US funding options such as the Fullbright scheme. Ask your career advisor in the US if you are still at College as they will be able to help with ideas for similar US-UK schemes, or maybe go back to your School if you have left since and ask as an alumnus. There are no UK schemes that I can think of at present so the US would probably be your best option. But always ask the course directors of MMB if they know of any current schemes as they will know what their students may have managed to get in the past in terms of funding support. All the best,V

  6. Hello Dr.

    First of all let me tell you that you are doing a great job by posting all bout conferences and job related details. So thankyou so much as it helps a lot.

    I need to discuss few things with you . I am really worried as I am a Ph.D scholar of Music Psychology and about to finish my work most probably by the end of this year. I am still clueless about what I can do further. Apart being an associate professor is there any further scope for Ph.D holders? what scope do we have further in life? Please provide me a proper guidance, it’ll be of great help.


  7. Hi Anna. It is hard for me to cover the entire scope for PhD holders. I went into academia so I can tell you all about that but not much more besides. So let me think about other people. Most of my PhD friends also went into academia, though some followed a teaching rather than research route. Some went into University administration, as they liked the academic atmosphere but not the job. One or two went into writing, either into journalism (online as well as print) or books. Some retrained – one went into medical school (you can take a short cut route in if you have a PhD), one went into library management, one became a primary school teacher, and one opened her own horse training school! I guess I am saying that anything is possible – it is up to you to find out what you really want from life. I would strongly encourage you to visit your University careers service or perhaps invest in a few sessions with a life coach? Focus on what you want from your life and what you can manage in terms of time and money. THere is no shame at all in reaching the end of a PhD and not knowing exactly what you want yet. That means that there is work to be done in figuring that issue out but never forget that you have accumulated great skills in your training that could open many doors. I wish you all the best. V

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