Brain, Language, & Acoustic Behavior Laboratory

Join the lab

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Undergraduate, masters, and capstone students

The BLAB Lab is always looking for motivated and curious students from undergraduate, capstone, and graduate programs to join our lab. Research assistants have the opportunity to learn and contribute through hands-on experiences including data collection, data analysis, experimental design, and experiment programming. Depending on individual interests, students may choose to focus on speech production studies, online speech perception studies, or brain imaging. All students also participate in our bi-weekly lab meetings and journal club discussions. Typically, students participate in the lab for course credit, though depending on lab needs, as well as the student’s status and prior research experience, some hourly positions may be available.

If you are interested in gaining more experience in speech and neuroscience research with the BLAB Lab, please email Prof. Niziolek at cniziolek@wisc.edu with your resume and a few sentences explaining your interest in the lab.

Ph.D. students

Prospective graduate students interested in joining the lab should apply through Communication Sciences and Disorders, Language Sciences, or the Neuroscience Training Program. Students in other labs or programs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are also able to have an affiliation with the lab. Interested students should email the lab director, Carrie Niziolek (cniziolek@wisc.edu).

Postdoctoral researchers

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 group consists of two research labs, the Brain, Language, & Acoustic Behavior (BLAB) lab (directed by Carrie Niziolek) and the Speech Motor Action + Control (SMAC) lab (directed by Ben Parrell), both funded through grants from the NIH and the NSF. 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 the influence of the linguistic system on speech motor planning. This research involves behavioral testing of sensorimotor adaptation using altered auditory feedback. The postdoc will be expected to take a lead role in experiment design, execution, and analysis.

Position 2: We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the role of the cerebellum in speech motor control. This research involves behavioral and neuroimaging experiments with individuals with cerebellar ataxia and healthy controls. The postdoc will be expected to take a leading role in the implementation and execution of these experiments, including coordinating with our collaborators at UC, Berkeley and UC, San Francisco. 

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, speech motor control in individuals with neurological disorders, computational modeling of the speech motor system, and comparisons of speech and nonspeech motor control systems.  Additionally, there are opportunities for developing new studies employing structural and functional MRI, MEG, 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, 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 positions are open until filled. The preferred start date for Position 2 is on or earlier than September 1, 2021.

Interested candidates should email both PIs, Carrie Niziolek <cniziolek@wisc.edu> and Ben Parrell <bparrell@wisc.edu>, 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 names and contact information for three references.