Graduate Student Positions in Auditory Neuroscience, Human Interaction & Music McMaster University

Two graduate student positions are available to work with Dr. Laurel Trainor who directs both the Infant Auditory Lab ( and the LIVELab ( at McMaster University.

Projects include understanding human interaction in musical ensembles using behaviour, motion capture and EEG measures; studying brain oscillations involved in predictive timing and predictive coding; musical development in infants and children; and applications using non-verbal measures to understand auditory perception and communicative processes in special populations such adults with dementia or hearing loss and children with Developmental Coordination Disorder.
The research group is multidisciplinary with ties to Engineering, Health Science and Music.  In addition to infant and adult behavioural and EEG labs, students will have access to the internationally acclaimed LIVELab, a research-concert hall capable of simulating almost any acoustical environment and equipped with multiperson EEG, physiology, motion capture and more (
Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Engineering, Computer Science or other affiliated disciplines. General information on the graduate program can be found here:
Initial inquiries can be directed to Dr. Trainor at Please include a CV and unofficial transcript with your inquiry.
Papers from the lab can be accessed at

TRF1 Conference Survey

Dear all,

Thank you very much for participating in the 1st TRF Conference in Strasbourg and making it a great success! Following from the discussions held during the Business Meeting, we’ve created a survey and would like to request every TRF Member (whether you attended TRF1 in Strasbourg or not) to express their thoughts and share your feedback to help us improve your experience with TRF and TRF Conferences.

Please submit your responses to the survey by December 31st. It will take ~5mins to complete the survey –

With best wishes,
Sundeep & Argie

On behalf of the Timing Research Forum


PostDoctoral Position at McGill University: Temporal Dynamics of Group Interaction

A postdoctoral scholarship position is available in auditory-motor
integration in music and speech, with an emphasis on temporal dynamics
of group interaction. Dr. Caroline Palmer’s lab (,
Psychology, McGill University, Montreal) uses behavioural, motion capture,
and EEG techniques in measurement and modeling of temporal dynamics, with
strong ties to Montreal’s Centre for Research in Brain, Language and
Music, BRAMS, and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and

This 1- or 2-year position is ideal for a motivated scholar with a
strong background of experimental skills in cognitive neuroscience
and/or computational modeling. Specific projects will be developed with
the scholar. Applicants must receive their PhD within 3 years of the
application date. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and 3
representative papers, and contact information for 3 references
to: Start date (negotiable) is early 2018. For
further details, contact Caroline Palmer (


Thank you from TRF!

Dear all,

We would like to thank everyone who made TRF1 a phenomenal success –
including each and every one of the 271 registered particiants, all
symposium organizers, sponsors, student helpers from Strasbourg, and
the local organizers – Anne Giersch and Jenny Coull!

Thank you also to everyone who shared tweets, photos, and updates from
the conference and engaged with the wider scientific community.

We’ve created a shared folder to upload any photos that were taken
during the conference –

We will be sending a Feedback survey soon. This is an opportunity to
express your thoughts about this meeting and have a say about the
organization of future conferences and new initiatives by TRF.

A reminder for everyone to upload their TRF1 presentations at TRF’s
Open Science Foundation site – We would
like everyone to help the timing field move forward by embracing open
science and openly sharing your work. This will only work if everyone
contributes to it, and not just a select few!

Interested graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are invited
to apply to join the TRF Early Career Research Committee. Email with a statement of interest and how you would
like to contribute to TRF and proposals of how you would promote
timing research and early career researchers. Deadline: November 30,

(5) TRF2
TRF2 will be organized at the Institute of Neurobiology, Universidad
Nacional Autonoma de Mexico by Hugo Merchant and colleagues. The
timing of the conference (either 2018 or 2019) will be confirmed
following your responses to the feedback survey. We, therefore, urge
everyone to participate in the survey.

We would like to invite all participants to share a blog about their
experience of TRF1. Email your blogs to

With best wishes,
Sundeep & Argie

Two post-doc positions at the Time Perception lab – SISSA

2 post-doc positions are available to work with Domenica Bueti on a
European Research Council funded project (“How the Human Brain Masters
Time – BiT”) at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
of Trieste (Italy).

By using neurostimulation (TMS, tDCS), neuroimaging (fMRI at 7T, and
EEG) techniques and the simultaneous combination of TMS and EEG, the
project aims to understand the neural mechanisms and the cognitive
architecture subserving human abilities to perceive, represent, and
manipulate information about time.

The candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent) in neuroscience or a
related field, should have expertise in either neurostimulation (TMS
and/or tDCS) or neuroimaging techniques (fMRI and/or EGG), have
competence in programming (Matlab, Python) and interest in the
research topic.  The successful candidate is expected to work within
the general framework of the project, but also to actively contribute
with his/her own ideas.

The starting date for these positions is flexible. Initially for two
years, the positions can be extended up to two more years. Salary
depends on experience and is based on SISSA regulations
(~€25.000-30.000/annum, net).

To apply, please send to Domenica Bueti ( in a
single pdf file, a CV, the contact information of two referees, a
brief statement describing your personal qualifications and future
research interests.

Please note that Domenica will be at the 1st Conference of the “Timing
Research Forum” in Strasburg this year (23-25th October) in case you
wish to talk to her in person about the advertised positions.

Timing Research Forum has partnered with the Open Science Foundation (OSF) to support the 1st Timing Research Forum

Dear all,

We are pleased to share that the Timing Research Forum has partnered with the Open Science Foundation (OSF) to support the 1st Timing Research Forum.

OSF provides an open-access platform for all conference attendees to upload their posters/talks, as well as view, download and comment on other attendees’ presentations –

Attendees will need to create an OSF account in order to upload your posters/slides. You will be prompted to create an account upon submitting to the meeting page, so there’s no need to make an account ahead of time.

We would like to encourage all conference participants to upload their presentations and join TRF in supporting the open science movement 🙂

With best wishes,

Sundeep & Argie

Two year postdoctoral fellowship: Adults’ and children’s understanding of time

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Queen’s University Belfast

This post is funded for two years from 1st January 2018 as part of the interdisciplinary AHRC project “Time: Between Metaphysics and Psychology” led by Professor Christoph Hoerl (Philosophy, Warwick) and Professor Teresa McCormack (Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast). The Research Fellow will be based at Queen’s University Belfast, and will work with Professor Teresa McCormack to design and carry out novel studies of adults’ and children’s understanding of time. This is an opportunity for a researcher interested in working within an interdisciplinary team to develop an original and exciting programme of empirical work.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Teresa McCormack, t.mccorma=<>, (++44) (0)2890974174

Anticipated interview date: Monday 30th October

Closing date: 4th October

TRF Newsletter – September 2017

Dear all,
We are pleased to share the September 2017 Newsletter of the Timing Research Forum. We have a number of exciting and important updates and announcements about the upcoming TRF Conference in Strasbourg, which is just a month away!
1. TRF Conference
– Registration
– Conference Program
– Business Meeting
– Accommodation
– TRF1 Speakers Q&A
– Poster instructions
– Open content (optional)
– Call for Social Media Outreach
– Call for Photographers
2. TRF Membership
3. TRF Blogs
4. TRF Mailing List
5. Blog your Paper
6. Blog your Conference
7. Contribute to TRF
8. Feedback for TRF
Dates: October 23-25, 2017
Contact: Anne Giersch –
If you are planning to attend the TRF Conference, and haven’t registered yet, we would encourage you to do so at the earliest!
See the following link to complete your registration –
In case you no longer plan to attend the conference, can you let us know ASAP (email Anne) so we can make arrangements accordingly.
We’ve updated the details and schedule for all symposia, oral sessions as well as the poster blitz session on the website. We encourage all attendees to use this to plan their conference itineraries in advance –
We will organize a TRF Business Meeting from 9-10AM on Oct. 25 that is open to all TRF members. We have several announcements to make during the meeting, including the exciting location of the 2nd TRF Conference in 2018!
We would like to remind everyone to book their accommodation for Strasbourg if you haven’t already, as hotels are being booked out quickly for the conference dates. If you would like to share rooms/airbnb with other attendees, please let us know at trf@timingforum.orgso we can pair you according to your preferences.
TRF is pleased to launch a new initiative – Speakers Q&A, where select Speakers share their thoughts on the current state-of-the-art in timing research and their presentations during the TRF Conference.
The first Speaker Q&A column features Dean Buonomano, who is organizing a symposium, ‘Timing, Neural Dynamics, and Temporal Scaling’ –
The second Speaker Q&A column features Warren Meck, one of the Keynote Speakers –
We’ve many more columns planned in the weeks leading up to the TRF conference, and we hope that enjoy reading these Q&A columns.
Participants who have been selected to present their work on a poster can find the relevant instructions here –
TRF supports open science and would like to encourage all participants to share their work (slides/posters etc.) with all conference attendees. It is completely optional and we hope that you would join us in openly celebrating the science that is presented at the TRF Conference.
Please share your final slides/posters in advance of the conference by emailing us at /
TRF has a very strong presence on a variety of social networks including ResearchGate, Twitter and Facebook.
We encourage all conference attendees to support our social media outreach by tweeting before/during the conference by tagging @timingforum and using the hashtag #TRF1. We hope this will inform the wider scientific community who will not be at the TRF conference about the science and the conference.
We would like to invite volunteers who are amateur/expert photographers and are happy to wield their DSLRs/smart phone cameras to capture a variety of moments during the conference. Please email us at to register your interest. All photos will be made available in a shared folder for all conference attendees to view and download.
To become a member of TRF and join a community of ~ 600 timing researchers, please fill in the form here –
ResearchGate: 313 followers (+15.5%)
Twitter: 321 followers (+25.9%)
Facebook: 377 followers (+25.7%)
We have a number of new blog articles reviewing recent papers on timing by a number of promising early career researchers.
Please read, share, comment and discuss!
Bowen Fung, University of Melbourne:
1) Dopamine encodes retrospective temporal information
2) The P3 and the subjective experience of time
3) Time perception in Schizophrenia
Bronson Harry, MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney:
1) Perceptual reorganisation in deaf participants can high level auditory cortex become selective for visual timing
Mukesh Makwana, Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad:
1) Intended outcome appears longer in time
2) Olfactory visual sensory integration twists time perception
3) What language you speak shapes your subjective time
Molly Henry, University of Western Ontario:
1) Review of a number of rhythm and timing conference in the summer of 2017
2) Implicit variations of temporal predictability shaping the neural oscillatory and behavioral response
3) Sequence learning modulates neural responses and oscillatory coupling in human and monkey auditory cortex
If you would also like to contribute as a TRF blogger, please get in touch:
Everyone is invited to share any items related to timing related positions, grants, news, or anything that concerns timing research with the TRF community via our mailing list.
Make sure to use plain text when sending these messages (i.e. no attachments or fancy formatting is allowed). Please keep in mind that the mailing list is monitored, and only the the items approved by the mailing list moderators will be circulated to our community. Looking forward to your emails!
Please email your items directly to
We invite TRF members to submit short summaries of their recently published articles on timing. Articles should be no longer than 500 words and not include more than one representative figure.
Please submit your entries after your paper is published by emailing us at Submissions are open anytime and will be featured on the TRF blog page –
We invite TRF members to blog about their experience of a timing conference/meeting/workshop that you have recently attended. Submissions can highlight prominent talks/papers presented, new methods, trends and your personal views about the conference. Pictures may also be included.
Please submit your articles (no longer than 1000 words) to within two months from the date of the conference you intend to highlight.
TRF aims to host pertinent timing related resources, so that the TRF website acts as the definitive platform for everything related to timing research. The current resources listed on the TRF website include: (1) all members’ publications, (2) timing related special issues, (3) books on timing, (4) list of meetings focused on timing, (5) list of timing related societies/groups, (6) as well as code and mentoring resources.
TRF ecnourages open science and supports sharing of relevant information and knowledge between its members, with the aim to advance the field of timing research. We therefore invite you all to contribute to these resources. Please email us ( your suggestions for new resources for the timing community.
As an open academic society, we hope that you participate freely and support the TRF community in achieving its mission. As we like to repeatedly emphasize, TRF’s aim is to serve all timing researchers through open exchange of ideas, information and resources to advance the timing research community. We are open to receiving your suggestions or ideas that will help TRF grow and continue to deliver on its mission. We look forward to your feedback!
With best wishes,
Sundeep Teki
University of Oxford
Argiro Vatakis
Cognitive Systems Research Institute

Perturbing and Enhancing Perception and Action using Oscillatory Neural Stimulation

The workshop “Perturbing and Enhancing Perception and Action using Oscillatory Neural Stimulation” (PEPA ON Stimulation), scheduled for the 18th/19th January 2018 at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) in Cambridge, UK. Abstract submission is open.

The workshop might be of interest for some researchers working in the field of timing and rhythm.

Please refer to our website for detailed information:

1st TRF Conference: Planning your trip

Dear all,

Thank you to all of you who have submitted an abstract to the 1st TRF Conference. We look forward to welcoming you in Strasbourg and would like to share a few reminders for the conference attendees.

1. Registration
We already have more than 150 registered attendees and would like to encourage everyone to register soon. Please follow the instructions here to complete your registration –

2. Accommodation
We have been informed by Anne Giersch that a plenary session of the European Parliament will be taking place in Strasbourg during the same week as the TRF Conference. Therefore, it is imperative that you make the necessary arrangements for your stay sooner rather than later. A list of hotels is provided on the conference website –

For those who are interested in sharing a hotel or house with other conference attendees, please let us know soon (email: and we will compile and share a list to facilitate your search for a potential roommate.

3. Travel
To plan your trip to Strasbourg, please see details on getting there –

Any participant who needs a visa to travel to France, please write to Anne Giersch for an invitation letter so that you can secure your visa in good time for the conference.

4. Conference details
The conference program is available here

We will continue to update the website with more details and also share further information through the various TRF channels.

Wishing you an enjoyable summer,
Sundeep & Argie