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 Clinical Psychologist Position at the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab (https://www.vumc.org/music-cognition-lab/) anticipates an opening for a clinical psychologist (full or part-time position) to work across multiple federally-funded studies on autism and social engagement (PIs: Dr. Miriam Lense, Dr. Stephen Camarata). The psychologist will conduct diagnostic evaluations in young children with or at risk for ASD, as well as conduct NDBI-based therapy for toddlers with ASD (training will be provided; therapy is through research study). Depending on the candidate and full/part-time status, the position may also involve supervising and working with research staff and students and some study coordination (e.g., IRB compliance). The candidate may have the opportunity to be involved with or develop data/manuscripts for study primary aims as well as through the use of extant and related data based on interest/experience. More information about ongoing studies can be found on our website (https://www.vumc.org/music-cognition-lab/).

Candidates should be eligible for licensure in TN. Clinical or research reliability in relevant assessment measures (ADOS-2 Modules 1, 2, and Toddler; Mullen Scales of Early Learning; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, 3rd edition) is preferred. Candidates should be interested in working in a clinical research environment and must have strong diagnostic, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Candidates should send a CV. cover letter, and references to Dr. Miriam Lense (Miriam.lense@vanderbilt.edu).

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.

 

PhD STUDENT AND POSTDOCTORAL TRAINEE 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@vumc.org, and please cc: Dr. Reyna Gordon (Reyna.Gordon@vanderbilt.edu) and Dr. Miriam Lense (miriam.lense@vanderbilt.edu).

 

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