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Post-doctoral research position in acoustic-phonetic characteristics of maternal speech

Dear List, I am posting on behalf of Dr. Laura Dilley (dilley@xxxxxxxx):

Post-doctoral research position in acoustic-phonetic characteristics of maternal speech

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral scientist to conduct research on properties of maternal speech input, particularly acoustic and prosodic attributes, and how these factors predict language development in children with and without hearing loss. The researcher will be responsible for conducting acoustic, prosodic, and linguistic analyses of recorded maternal speech to children with normal hearing and/or hearing impaired children with cochlear implants or hearing aids and communicating the research through presentations and papers. The successful candidate will be also responsible for oversight of undergraduate and graduate students working on the project.

The candidate should have background in an area related to auditory perception, e.g., speech perception, speech production, and/or acoustics. Relevant areas for the Ph.D. include, but are not limited to, Speech and Hearing Science, Linguistics, Psychology, and/or Cognitive Science. The successful candidate will have excellent organization and communication skills and strong personal motivation. A clinical speech-language background is not necessary, but is a plus. Experience with acoustic analysis of speech segments and/or speech prosody, computer programming skills, and/or experience with and knowledge of hearing impaired populations are helpful. English language proficiency required. Publications in English-language peer-reviewed journals are preferred.

The researcher will have the opportunity to work with individuals across a variety of departments (e.g., Psychology, Linguistics, Communication Sciences and Disorders) in a welcoming, active, and interdisciplinary research environment. Research will take place at one of two sites: (1) Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, and/or (2) Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. The salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines for post-doctoral researchers. The starting date is negotiable; we anticipate a target start date in the range June 1 through August 16, 2009. The position is contingent on the availability of funding.

To apply, please send the following information to Dr. Laura Dilley (dilley@xxxxxxxx): (1) detailed CV, (2) abbreviated, 2-page CV in NIH biosketch format (see http://personal.bgsu.edu/~dilley/nih-biosketch.htm for examples), (3) names and contact information for three references, and (4) brief (1 page or less) statement of research interests and career goals. Review of applications begins immediately; please submit materials as soon as possible. Applications received by April 15 will receive full consideration; applications received later than April 15 will be considered until the position is filled or August 16, 2009, whichever is earlier. Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Laura Dilley (dilley@xxxxxxxx), Department of Psychology and Department of Communication Disorders, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.