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Postdoctoral Positions


The Speech Motor Neuroscience Group at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invites applications for two postdoctoral research positions in the field of speech motor control and learning / speech motor neuroscience. The Speech Motor Neuroscience group consists of two research labs, the ​Brain Language and Acoustic Behavior (BLAB) lab (directed by Carrie Niziolek) and the ​Speech Motor Action + Control lab​ (directed by Ben Parrell). Both labs are funded through grants from the NIH. One position is NIH-funded (T32) and one is funded through an internal grant from UW-Madison. Both postdoctoral scholars will additionally have opportunities to interact with vibrant research communities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, including the ​Waisman Center​ (which houses both labs) and the ​Neuroscience Training Program​.
Position 1: We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate techniques to modulate the effectiveness of sensorimotor learning in speech. This research involves functional neuroimaging with magnetoencephalography (MEG) as well as acoustic analysis of speech. This position also holds the potential to use these tools in the investigation of limb control.

Position 2 (BLAB lab): We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate neural changes associated with speech production training in both typical individuals and persons with aphasia. This research involves functional neuroimaging with MRI and MEG as well as analysis of speech produced over multiple sessions of a visual feedback training paradigm.

As a postdoc in the Speech Motor Neuroscience Group, you will also be encouraged to develop additional lines of research in related topic areas, including predictive coding of self-produced vocalizations, feedback-driven speech learning, dynamics of native and non-native speech production, and speech motor control in individuals with neurological disorders. Additionally, there are opportunities for developing new studies employing structural and functional MRI, MEG with optically pumped magnetometers, and TMS. The initial appointment for both positions will be for one year, with potential extensions for additional years.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, communication sciences and disorders, or a closely related field
  • A documented history of research productivity
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Leadership and organizational skills

Useful qualifications:

  • Experience collecting and analyzing human behavioral data, MEG or EEG, MRI, and/or TMS data
  • Computational skills, including MATLAB
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise in statistics

Salary and benefits are based on NIH guidelines, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The start date for Position 1 is flexible, and the position is open until filled. The start date for Position 2 must be on or earlier than June 30, 2020.

Interested candidates should email the Speech Motor Neuroscience Group (​) with “​Postdoc Job (YOUR FULL NAME)​”​ in the subject line ​to submit (1) a current CV, (2) a one-page cover letter describing qualifications, interests, and career goals, and (3) a list of the names and contact information for three references.