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Postdoctoral positions in Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab: Genetics and EEG approaches to rhythm and language 

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab announces new postdoctoral positions under the supervision of Reyna Gordon, PhD. These postdoctoral fellows will develop and carry out grant-funded studies using genetic, behavioral, and cognitive neuroscience methods to study the relationship between rhythm and individual differences in language.

The Lab is a highly interdisciplinary environment that engages trainees from a wide range of Vanderbilt degree programs and maintains collaborations with a network of researchers across Vanderbilt units and with other national and international sites. Training opportunities will be individualized to each fellow’s career goals, drawing from an array of methodologies from music cognition, child language development, communication disorders, EEG, and human genetics/genomics.

We expect to recruit at least one postdoc with prior experience with GWAS and related genomic methodologies (for projects that will be co-supervised with Vanderbilt Genetics Institute faculty), and one postdoc experienced in high-dimensional neural data. All candidates must have strong programming/computational skills and an interest in working in a fast-paced biomedical research environment. Compensation will be in accordance NIH scale; initial appointments will be made for one year, with potential to renew for up to 3 years. 

Our collaborative relationships on campus include partnerships with the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, and The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy. Vanderbilt offers exemplary career development for young scientists through the BRET office and other institutional resources, as well as within the lab. Nashville (Music City, USA) is a vibrant cultural and intellectual hub. We are a diverse lab and especially welcome applications from all individuals, including those from underrepresented groups in science; VUMC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. 

Candidates should send a CV, cover letter, references, and publication reprints to Dr. Reyna Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


Postdoc Position in Music-related Performance Science and Musicians’ Medicine

The Institute of Musicians’ Medicine (IMM) in Dresden, Germany, seeks a postdoctoral candidate to work on music-related performance science as well as on research in musicians’ medicine with Professor Hans-Christian Jabusch.

An integrated part of the University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden, the IMM provides a stimulating and collaborative environment with a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary research. Candidates will benefit from close collaborations with institutions and departments of medicine, psychology, musicology, engineering, and other disciplines. 

Dedicated to research topics relevant to the practice of musicians, the IMM focuses on (1) research into the physiological principles of musical practice and music performance; (2) research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of occupational disorders in musicians; (3) teaching the basics of music physiology and musicians’ medicine for music students. 

The successful candidate shall foster our research focus on music-related performance science which we pursue with optically based 3D high speed motion capture, electrophysiology, and MIDI technology. Additionally, he/she will be involved in all stages of research projects in musicians’ medicine. He/she will take a key role in the preparation of peer-reviewed publications.

We seek a candidate with

  • a PhD in experimental psychology, physics, engineering or related field
  • background in music-related research
  • expertise in mathematical programming and signal processing
  • exceptional skills in quantitative methods, experimental design, and statistical data analysis
  • experience with 3D motion capture (desirable)
  • excellent English language skills (written and oral)
  • German language skills (desirable)
  • the ability to work effectively in a small team, and to supervise students’ projects.

Salary is according to TV-L E 13 (German Public Service Salary Scale, full-time position). The position is initially for one year, renewable according to performance and funding. The Dresden University of Music Carl Maria von Weber explicitly encourages applications by women. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with same qualifications. 

To apply, please merge your letter of interest, CV, list of publications, copies of certificates, and contact details of two references into one pdf file and email it to (subject: postdoc application). Applications will be accepted until 11th July 2018.

For further information please visit or contact Prof. Jabusch (


Postdoctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience and Music: Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to study the neural basis of individual and social benefits of group music performance. We are particularly interested in how brain-to-brain coordination during group music performance contributes to health and wellbeing benefits.

The position will be supervised by Dr. Janeen Loehr (, in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Nicol, Registered Doctoral Psychologist and Accredited Music Therapist (, in the Brain in Action and Interaction Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan. The successful applicant will assume leadership of the research process, with opportunities to drive the research questions and research designs.

The project will take advantage of the lab’s mobile EEG hyperscanning systems, capable of recording brain activity from up to 4 participants simultaneously, as well as provide opportunities to collaborate with members of Saskatoon’s professional music community. 

The successful applicant must have: 

* PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, or a related field by the time of appointment. 

* Preference will be given to applicants with a musical background and prior experience with EEG experimental design and analysis. 

* Proficiency in programming (e.g., Matlab, EEGlab, PsychoPy) is also desirable. 

The target start date is September 1, 2018, although this is negotiable. The position is for a term of one year, with the possibility of extension for a second year. The salary is $37000 CDN. 

Applicants should submit a CV, a brief statement of research background and fit for the position, and a sample of previously published work, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Janeen Loehr at Review of applications will begin June 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. 

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community, and a full range of leisure opportunities. Located in the heart of Saskatoon and overlooking the South Saskatchewan River, the University of Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. It is home to the Canadian Light Source national synchrotron and features a robust research community. Signature areas of strength include human and animal health; synchrotron sciences; engagement and scholarship with Indigenous peoples; agriculture, food and bioproducts; energy and mineral resources; and water security. The University offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of more than 20,000. World-class research facilities, renowned faculty and award-winning students make the U of S a leader in post-secondary education.