dimanche 29 juillet 2012

Post Doc

Brain and Language Research Institute, Aix-Marseille University, France with Arnaud Rey, Thierry Legou and Joël Fagot Starting date: October 2012 or later

A postdoctoral position is available at the Brain and Language Research Institute (BLRI, a "Labex", Laboratoire d'Excellence, created in 2012 under the auspices of the "Investissement d'Avenir" French government programme :
http://blri.weebly.com/). This multi-disciplinary research structure is hosted by Aix-Marseille University, France.
The postdoc will work on a research project involving experts in human language processing (Arnaud Rey), acoustic signal processing (Thierry Legou) and animal cognition (Joël Fagot).
The long-term objective of this research project is assess the primate origins of human language, as it pertains to the production and control of vocalizations. This task will be implemented in the Primate Cognition and Behavior Platform in Rousset (France) to take advantage of the automatization of the test procedure and the very large number of data that can be collected in this laboratory.
The postdoc will take part in developing new methods for recording and processing the vocalizations of baboons produced in their social context.
The main goal will be to collect a new ethogram and build a new large-scale database on baboon’s vocalizations in order 1) to characterize their vocal repertoire, 2) determine the acoustic features of baboon vocalizations (e.g., time and frequency domains) and 3) to test the descriptive adequacy of existing categorizations.

The candidate should preferably have a background in ethology/primatology, animal (preferably vocal) communication.

Mastering the French (and baboon) language is not necessary (but English is). The position is for one year.

The candidate should first contact Arnaud Rey (arnaud.rey@univ-amu.fr), Thierry Legou
Second, applications should be sent by email to philippe.blache@blri.fr  and should include a CV, a brief statement of research interests, the expected date of availability and the names of 3 references.

Applications should be sent before September 5th, 2012.