School of Communication

Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Laboratory

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The Northwestern Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Laboratory under the leadership of Professor Viorica Marian is accepting  applications for an open position at the level of Research Assistant Professor or Post-Doctoral Fellow focusing on research on 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) in areas including, but not limited to, linguistic and cognitive processing, audio-visual interaction, neural function, language development and learning, language and memory, language and creativity, language and decision making;
(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;
(7) excellent organizational and time management skills.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with (one or more, specify which):

  • eye-tracking;
  • mouse-tacking;
  • computational modeling;
  • MATLAB and/or R;
  • EEG;
  • fMRI.

Post-Doctoral Fellow Position: Applicants must have 0 to 3 years of postdoctoral experience and a record of publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.

Research Assistant Professor Position: Applicants must have 3 or more years of postdoctoral training, experience applying for external funding, and a strong publication record in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.

Application deadline: January 23, 2023.

To apply, candidates should email a Curriculum Vitae, a research statement, two sample publications, and the contact information of three referees to Finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation.

Start date: Flexible during the 2023 calendar year. Salary consistent with the NIH payscale. Initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to five years contingent on performance and continued availability of funding.

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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, phone number 847-491-2656.

Ongoing Studies

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