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Postdoctoral Researcher, Holt Lab
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 04/22/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Researcher, Holt Lab-2016026


The Holt Lab at Carnegie Mellon University is a dynamic team working to understand the perceptual, cognitive, and neurobiological basis of how we listen. We use a combination of tools to tackle questions about how human listeners decode complex sounds like speech.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Holt Lab in the Department of Psychology is searching for a Postdoctoral Researcher. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. You will contribute to the department by carrying out a research program using psychophysics, behavioral training studies, scalp electrophysiology, and/or functional magnetic resonance imaging. The goal is to understand how the human adults selectively attend to specific dimensions of complex sound, and how expertise with sound influences selective attention.

Core responsibilities will include:
  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies may be required depending on area and specialty
  • Participate/assist in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentations. May also assist in grant writing.
  • Collect and analyze data, including periodical/literature search and utilizing specialized skills in related field to analyze the collected data
  • Conduct research experiments within the predetermined research scope and methodology of department and university
  • Other duties as assigned

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the Department of Psychology. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

  • A PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering, or related field required
  • One of more years of expertise in auditory cognitive (neuro)science or related field; prior experience with human electrophysiology and psychophysics is highly desirable
  • Broad experience with neuroscience or cognitive science literature; previous expertise with auditory cognitive neuroscience is advantageous
  • Fundamental curiosity about how the brain coordinates auditory behavior, and a willingness to engage in collaborative research in a workplace that values intellectual playfulness
  • Statistical and programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python, R); One or more years of experience with coding, data analysis, or computational modeling
  • Enjoyment of working with and teaching others; willingness to play a role in mentoring more junior researchers in the group
  • Fluency in speaking and writing in English
  • Demonstrated ability to write results for publication in the scientific literature
  • Flexibility, ability to learn quickly
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a scientific team

You should demonstrate:

Adaptability and openness to change and working well with others and/or as part of a team. Ability to manage and respond to emergency situations. Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records while paying close attention to detail. Ability to understand and follow directions while meeting deadlines and working well under pressure. Proven ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Are you interested in this exciting opportunity? Please apply!

More Information:

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Job Function
: Research 
Primary Location
: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh 
Time Type: Full Time 
Minimum Education Level: Doctorate 

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