New postdoctoral positions in Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Social Communication in Toddlers with Autism

Postdoctoral research fellow position in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab ( for projects into social engagement and social communication in young children with and without ASD. The fellow will develop and carryout federally-funded research assessing rhythm of social interaction and communication in young children and parents. Studies use a variety of behavioral and social neuroscience methods (e.g., eye-tracking, acoustics, movement coordination, standardized assessments, behavior/language coding). Candidates should be interested in social or language development and have strong data analysis and organizational skills. Training opportunities and projects will be individualized to fellow’s career goals including opportunities to develop or contribute to data/manuscripts through the use of extant and related data. 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 (

See more information about ongoing research under sub-heading Rhythm, Music, and Social Engagement 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.

Postdoctoral position: Rhythm and Reading with EEG + Eye tracking and more

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab announces a new postdoctoral fellow position to develop and carry out grant-funded (NSF and NIH) studies using behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods to study the relationship between prosody, rhythm, and reading skills. The Lab is a highly interdisciplinary environment that engages trainees from a wide range of Vanderbilt degree programs and maintains collaborations with a network of researchers across Vanderbilt units and with other national and international sites. The NSF project in particular takes place in collaboration with Middle Tennessee State University. Training opportunities will be individualized to the fellow’s career goals, drawing from an array of methodologies from music cognition, EEG, language development, computational approaches, communication disorders, literacy studies, and human genetics/genomics. This position requires prior experience working with high-dimensional data, and excellent organizational skills. Compensation will be in accordance NIH scale; initial appointments will be made for one year, with potential to renew for up to 3 years. 

Our collaborative relationships on campus include partnerships with the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, and The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy. Vanderbilt offers exemplary career development for young scientists through the BRET office and other institutional resources, as well as within the lab. Nashville (Music City, USA) is a vibrant cultural and intellectual hub. We are a diverse lab and especially welcome applications from all individuals, including those from underrepresented groups in science; VUMC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Candidates should send a CV, cover letter, references, and publication reprints to Dr. Reyna Gordon Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.