Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab (Nashville, TN)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Position available for summer/fall 2020 start

Postdoctoral research fellow position in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab ( to develop and carryout federally-funded research assessing rhythm of social interaction and communication in young children with and without ASD. Assessment and intervention studies use a variety of behavioral and social neuroscience methods (e.g., eye-tracking, acoustics, movement coordination, standardized assessments, behavior/language coding) to investigate naturally occurring rhythmic communication such as infant-directed speech and song. Candidates should be interested in social or language development and have strong data analysis and organizational skills. The postdoc will engage in various study aspects with particular emphasis on data processing and analysis and manuscript preparation, as well as opportunities for paradigm development, data collection, and supervising students and RAs.

Training opportunities and projects will be individualized to fellow’s career goals. Candidates may come from a variety of disciplines including but not limited to psychology, speech sciences, or neuroscience; experience with programming preferred.

For applicants with clinically-oriented backgrounds/interests (e.g., clinical psychology, speech-language pathology), optional opportunities available to conduct clinical assessments or evidence-based interventions for toddlers with ASD participating in the research studies.

Candidates should send a CV, cover letter, references, and sample publication reprint(s) to Dr. Miriam Lense ().
Position is open until filled.

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The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab is an interdisciplinary team including clinical psychologists, speech-language pathologists, neuroscientists, and speech scientists. The candidate will work with Research Analysts, graduate, and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines. Our collaborative relationships on campus include partnerships with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder; Vanderbilt Brain Institute; and The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt. We are a diverse lab and welcome applications from all individuals, including those from underrepresented groups in science. Vanderbilt University Medical Center in an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.