Our lab is a fast-paced and exciting environment that engages students from a wide range of Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate programs. 


We anticipate the creation of a new staff research position within the next year. Feel free to send your CV to Dr. Reyna Gordon (reyna.gordon@vanderbilt.edu) if you would like to be notified about this opportunity. 



We anticipate the opening of several new postdoctoral and PhD trainee positions in the next year. If you are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to music and language, and would like to be notified about new opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral training, please send your CV to reyna.gordon@vanderbilt.edu and miriam.lense@vanderbilt.edu.

Applications are now being accepted for postdoctoral fellows; visit https://www.vumc.org/music-cognition-lab/open-postdoctoral-positions for more information.



The Music Cognition Lab engages highly-motivated and detail-oriented Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students for part-time Research Assistant positions (minimum commitment of 10 hours per week, plus at least one summer in the lab).

Research duties may include administering assessments of language, music, development, and cognitive skills in children, participant recruitment, data entry, data analysis, and development of new experimental paradigms. These lab experiences are intensive and students are expected to be reliable, organized, and know how to work both independently and in a group. Students will be pushed to learn and grow and to contribute significantly to our scientific program of research. If you are looking for research experience only to satisfy a degree requirement or a pre-graduate-school requirement, we are probably not for you. Students who have done well in our lab thus far have been from many different degree programs and backgrounds but share the following qualities: they are highly attentive to detail, have good problem-solving abilities, know how to take initiative and follow through, and are not afraid to learn new things.  Their good work is rewarded with opportunities to contribute to posters and journal articles, conference travel depending on funding availability, partial stipend, career mentorship, and the joy of being part of a close-knit community of young people who share a love of music and science.

Interested applicants should send a CV, writing sample, and a brief description of why they are interested in this research to Dr. Reyna Gordon (Reyna.Gordon@vanderbilt.edu) and Dr. Miriam Lense (miriam.lense@vanderbilt.edu).


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