New postdoctoral positions in Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Rhythm of Social Communication and Interaction

Position open until filled

Postdoctoral research fellow position in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab ( There are several ongoing projects focused on rhythm and timing of social interaction and communication, language and social communication development in young children with and without ASD (including studies of infant-directed speech and song), and music-based interventions to support social/communication development and family well-being. See lab website for more information. The postdoc will engage in various study aspects with particular emphasis on data analysis, manuscript preparation/dissemination, and contributing to scientific discussions and project development, as well as opportunities for paradigm development, data collection, and supervising students and RAs. Candidates should be interested in social or language development/skills; have strong data analysis and organizational skills; and ability to work independently and as part of interdisciplinary team.

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. Candidates should have familiarity with or willingness to learn data analysis approaches involving eye-tracking, acoustics, movement coordination, and/or behavior/language coding.

OPTIONAL: 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, contact information for 2-3 references, and sample publication reprint(s) to Dr. Miriam Lense (

See more information about ongoing research at:

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.