Post-doctoral position: reinforcement learning mechanisms of language acquisition

Our groups at the École Normale Supérieure are seeking a candidate for a 2-year postdoctoral position. Successful applicants will be part of an interdisciplinary project involving the Équipe de Neuropsycholoigie Interventionnelle (Inserm U955) and the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (Inserm U960), funded by Labex IEC program. The project is aimed at understanding the contribution reinforcement processes in language acquisition and will involve the design of an artificial grammar-learning paradigm, computational-model based analyses of functional imaging. The position is available from April 1st 2017 and has to be filled within 2017. Applicants should have a PhD degree or be in the final stages of obtaining such a degree.

We seek candidates with proven experience in computational modeling and an interest in computational linguistics. A prior background in the design of cognitive tasks and functional magnetic resonance imaging analyses would be desirable.

Applications should include a CV, a brief statement of research experience and interests, academic achievements and names of at least 2 referees. Please, send your application electronically to Maria Giavazzi (maria.giavazzi at and Stefano Palminteri (stefano.palminteri at

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