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Matt Goldrick

Postdoctoral Position: Speech Production in Aging, Bilingualism (Northwestern University)
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship supported by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development grant “Phonetic Echoes of Cognitive Disruptions in Speech Production” (PI: Matt Goldrick). Work supported by this grant examines how disruptions to lexical access alter the fine-grained phonetic aspects of speech, focusing on speech production in bilinguals and older adults. To enable rapid, reliable observation of phonetic properties, the grant supports a collaboration with Joseph Keshet’s research group (Bar-Ilan University) to develop algorithms for the automatic acoustic analysis of speech.
The postdoctoral fellow will take the lead on experimental studies related to this project, including design, implementation, analysis, and communication of the findings. Experience with experimental studies of speech production is required (including but not limited to psycholinguistic reaction time studies, speech error analyses in typical or impaired populations, and/or phonetic studies of acoustics or articulation). Previous research with older adults is ideal; experience with bilingual populations as well as phonetic analysis is also desirable (but not required).
The fellow will join Northwestern’s extensive and vibrant community of language scientists working at the intersection of cognition, speech, and computation. This group draws on several allied departments, including Linguistics (the home department of the fellow;, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
The initial appointment is for one year, with an expectation of a second year, conditioned on satisfactory progress and NIH funding. Applications are open to both citizens and non-citizens of the US. Starting date is negotiable; the position should be filled by June 1, 2015. Applications will be consider on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applications and letters should be received by March 30, 2015.
An application consists of a single PDF file including (i) a cover letter detailing the applicant’s interests in connection with the project; (ii) a current CV (ideally with links to relevant publications). The application, along with two letters of recommendation (under separate cover), must be emailed to Please ensure that your name is in the Subject line of all materials that you AND your References submit.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the PI ( with any questions about the project and the position.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from underrepresented minority candidates and women are especially welcome.

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As part of getting our community started, I'll take the plunge and introduce myself. Empirical areas I'm working on right now include speech errors, bilingualism, lexical neighborhood effects, and phonotactics. I'm using these data to inform several aspects of theories of speech production and perception. What is the role of gradience in cognitive representations of sound structure? How do different aspects of linguistic knowledge interact with one another during language processing? How does experience (within and across languages) influence representational structure and processing? See my homepage for more info!

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