Recruitment continues for postdoctoral & staff scientist positions in Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab:

Genetics-focused staff scientist position


The Staff Scientist in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab (Dr. Reyna Gordon, PI) will develop and carry out NIH-funded studies focused on the genetic basis of human rhythm traits and exploring potentially shared genetic architecture with other communication traits (like language), health traits, and related neural endophenotypes. The candidate must have strong programming/computational skills, experience working with genomic data, meticulous organizational and data analytic skills, and an interest in the brain and cognitive phenotypes. Research activities will take place as part of new projects that will be co-supervised with Vanderbilt Genetics Institute faculty. A PhD is required for this position.


This is a staff (non-postdoc) position, and candidates must apply here (please include a full CV in the application):

This position has been filled.


Genetics and EEG approaches to rhythm and language

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab announces two new postdoctoral positions under the supervision of Reyna Gordon, PhD. These postdoctoral fellows will develop and carry out grant-funded studies using genetic, behavioral, and cognitive neuroscience methods to study the relationship between rhythm and individual differences in language. 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. Training opportunities will be individualized to each fellow’s career goals, drawing from an array of methodologies from music cognition, child language development, communication disorders, EEG, and human genetics/genomics. We expect to recruit at least one postdoc with prior experience with GWAS and related genomic methodologies (for new projects that will be co-supervised with Vanderbilt Genetics Institute faculty), and one postdoc experienced in high-dimensional neural data. All candidates for the EEG and genetics positions must have strong programming/computational skills and an interest in working in a fast-paced biomedical research environment. 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.


Language, Rhythm, and Social Engagement in Young Children with and without ASD

This position has been filled.


Language development focused position: Rhythm in children with typical and disordered language development

This position has been filled.