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

STAFF POSITIONS

We are currently at full capacity for staff RA positions. Feel free to send your CV to Dr. Reyna Gordon (reyna.gordon@vanderbilt.edu) or Dr. Lense (Miriam.Lense@vanderbilt.edu) if you would like us to keep your CV on file in case an opportunity opens up in the future.

***Anticipated Position: Speech-Language Pathologist (clinical fellowship optional) for Research focused on Communication Development in Children***

Apply by May 14 for start date in summer 2021

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab (located in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville, Tennessee) seeks a Speech-Language Pathologist (clinical fellowship) with a strong interest in clinical-translational research. The position and the supervised training will be focused on social communication and developmental/language assessments and interventions in young children with ASD for NIH-funded studies. Interventions are grounded in naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention strategies and include music- and play-based activities. Assessment/intervention experiences for children with Down syndrome and children with language impairments may also be available depending on interest and experience. 

In addition to completing the requirements for ASHA certification, the candidate will have the opportunity to acquire new research skills (including behavioral data analysis, acoustic analysis, eye tracking, and musical rhythm assessments) and work with graduate/undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines. According to interest/experience, opportunities to contribute to study design, data analysis, data interpretation, and dissemination of study findings. The Music Cognition Lab is a fast-paced, exciting, and interdisciplinary environment. This position requires high attention to detail, contact with families and recruitment in the community/clinics, willingness to learn new skills, and basic knowledge of the research process.

Prior research experience and completion of a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology are required. Training will be provided in the specific intervention and assessment protocols used in the research lab studies; however, prior experience in clinical or educational settings with young children with ASD preferred. As intervention studies involve children’s musical activities, candidate must be comfortable singing children’s songs. Opportunities for long-term involvement in the lab are contingent upon successful completion of fellowship and availability of funding. Position is open for start date beginning summer 2021.

Please contact Miriam Lense, PhD, Miriam.Lense@vanderbilt.edu, with a CV, statement of interest, and contact information for 2-3 references. Mentorship and supervision provided by Dr. Miriam Lense, PhD, HSP and Dr. Stephen Camarata, PhD, CCC-SLP.

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https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/.vu_cs/jobdetail.ftl?job=210…

See more information about ongoing research under sub-heading Rhythm, Music, and Social Engagement at: https://www.vumc.org/music-cognition-lab/overview-research

 

 

Anticipated Position: Postdoctoral Fellow or Clinical/Translational Research Coordinator for Projects into Social Communication in Toddlers with Autism

Position title based on experience/degree

Anticipated position in Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab for projects with focus on social communication development in young children with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Ongoing studies involve assessment of children’s social communication development as well as music- and play based naturalistic interventions for toddlers/preschoolers with ASD. A secondary research area is interventions to support caregivers of children with developmental disabilities (e.g., mindfulness-based interventions).

Primary responsibilities include conducting developmental/social communication assessments and music- and play-based intervention sessions to support social communication development of young children with ASD; study coordination (e.g., recruitment and screening of participants, data coordination, IRB compliance); and participating in data collection and analysis of behavioral, eye-tracking, and/or acoustic data. According to interest/experience, contribute to study design, data analysis, data interpretation, and dissemination of study findings. The candidate will work with Research Analysts, graduate, and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines.

Qualifications: Prior experience with human subjects research is required; MA or MS or PhD in psychology/child development, speech-language pathology, or related field. Prior experience working with young children is required.
The candidate must be industrious, detail-oriented, and possess strong organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Training will be provided in the specific intervention and assessment protocols used in the research lab studies; however, prior experience in clinical or educational settings with young children with ASD preferred. As intervention studies involve children’s musical activities, candidate must be comfortable singing children’s songs. 

Please contact Miriam Lense, PhD, Miriam.lense@vanderbilt.edu, with a CV, statement of interest, and contact information for 2-3 references.


See more information about ongoing research under sub-heading Rhythm, Music, and Social Engagement at: https://www.vumc.org/music-cognition-lab/overview-research

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 collaborate 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.
 

New Staff Scientist Position - Genetics-focused.

We will soon (early 2020) be posting an open Staff Scientist Position. This individual will work under Dr. Gordon's supervision to develop and carry out NIH-funded studies focused on the genetic basis of human musicality traits and exploring potentially shared genetic architecture with other communication traits (i.e. 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 in collaboration with colleagues at the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute. Position application link will be posted when available. See https://www.vumc.org/music-cognition-lab/new-genetics-projects for project areas.

 

PhD STUDENT AND POSTDOCTORAL TRAINEE POSITIONS

Open Postdoc positions are listed here:

https://www.vumc.org/music-cognition-lab/new-several-open-postdoctoral-positions

It is possible that Dr. Gordon will recruit an additional PhD student and/or postdoctoral trainee in the area of genetics of language and music (https://www.vumc.org/music-cognition-lab/new-genetics-projects). If you have computer programming experience and an interest in this area, and would like to be notified about new opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral training for this line of research, please send your CV to reyna.gordon@vanderbilt.edu. Please note that Dr. Gordon can supervise PhD students at Vanderbilt solely through the Neuroscience PhD program (and the IGP).

 

STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITIES

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 Youjia Wang at youjia.wang@vanderbilt.edu, and please cc: Dr. Reyna Gordon (Reyna.Gordon@vanderbilt.edu) and Dr. Miriam Lense (miriam.lense@vanderbilt.edu).

 

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