Open Postdoctoral Positions

New postdoctoral positions in Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab

New postdoc position in Dr. Gordon's group: Genetics of musicality

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab is now accepting applications for a genetics-focused postdoctoral fellow. Using computational methods, the postdoc will develop and carry out new studies of the genetic basis of human musicality traits (i.e., rhythm ability) and explore potentially shared architecture with other communication traits (i.e., speech/language), health traits, and related neural endophenotypes. A primary focus of the position will be to explore genetic contributions to the neural basis of musicality traits. The postdoc will have the opportunity to develop their own related projects in parallel, and will receive training in leadership, mentorship, and grantsmanship in preparation for an independent career.

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 the fellow’s career goals, drawing from an array of methodologies from human genetics/genomics, cognitive neuroscience, music cognition, child language development, and communication disorders. This position will be co-supervised by Vanderbilt Genetics Institute collaborators (more info here: The candidate must have strong programming/computational skills, experience working with GWAS data, and an interest in working in a fast-paced biomedical research environment. The postdoc will help supervise multiple genetics projects in the lab and will join our international network of collaborators exploring genetics of musicality and health. Initial appointments will be made for one year, with potential additional years contingent on funding.

Nashville (Music City, USA) is a vibrant cultural and intellectual hub. We are a diverse lab and welcome applications from all individuals, especially including those from underrepresented groups in science; VUMC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Our collaborative relationships on campus also 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.

Candidates should send a CV, cover letter and publication reprints to Dr. Reyna Gordon


For information on current open positions in Dr. Miriam Lense's group, please see: