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Open Positions

The Brain and Language Lab has several open positions to work on a collaborative NSF-funded project with the Music Cognition Lab (PI: Reyna Gordon) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to investigate the neurobiological and genetic basis of speech rhythm sensitivity and its relationship with reading abilities:If you are interested in one the following positions, send a CV and a written personal statement including a brief description of your qualifications and why you are interested in this research to Cyrille Magne (Cyrille.Magne@mtsu.edu).

As early as January, 2020

Research Assistantships

The Brain and Language Lab seeks several detail-oriented research assistants to start as soon as possible (minimum commitment of 12 hours per week). RAs will assist with implementation, and data analysis for studies on rhythm and language skills in adults using various methods (behavioral, EEG, and eye-tracking). RAs will work collaboratively with students, staff, and the PI (Cyrille Magne, PhD) to carry out a series of ongoing NSF-funded studies that investigate the neurobiological and genetic basis of speech rhythm sensitivity and its relationship with reading abilities. Applicants must have a willingness to learn new methods and basic data analysis knowledge, and actively participate in public outreach activities conducted at a local children museum. These positions are ideal for students considering pursuing graduate school in neuroscience, cognitive science or experimental psychology. However, if you are only looking for research experience in order to satisfy a degree requirement, we are probably not a good match.

As early as January, 2020

Lab Manager

The Brain and Language Laboratory seeks a part-time lab manager to coordinate the MTSU component of the NSF project. Primary responsibilities include: recruitment of study participants, coordination of other research personnel, data collection, maintenance of databases, lab equipment and supply inventories, as well as other duties as needed (such as planning research projects, data acquisition and analysis). The position will also offer opportunities for conference attendance and co-authorship on manuscripts. Applicants for the Lab Manager and PhD student positions need to have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, education, communication disorders or a closely related field. Due to the nature of the project, preference will be given to applicants who have prior experience with language/reading research (including administration of standardized assessments).

Fall 2020

Ph.D. Assistantship

The Brain and Language Laboratory also has a Ph.D. assistantship available for up to 3 years beginning in Fall 2020 in the interdisciplinary Literacy Studies Ph.D. program (https://www.mtsu.edu/programs/literacy-studies-phd/index.php). The assistantship requires the successful candidate to collaborate with the lab staff and Dr. Cyrille Magne to assist with the implementation and data analysis of several ongoing studies on rhythm and language skills in adults using various methods (behavioral, EEG, and eye-tracking). The full-time assistantship provides full tuition plus a stipend of $20,000 per year. Applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, education, communication disorders or a closely related field. Due to the nature of the project, preference will be given to applicants who have prior experience with language/reading research (including administration of standardized assessments). Prospective PhD students must also go through the application procedure of the Literacy Ph.D. program (https://www.mtsu.edu/programs/literacy-studies-phd/requirements). General application for fall admission must be submitted by June 1 (February 1 is the deadline for priority consideration).