Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship – Carnegie Mellon University

Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham and Lori Holt are seeking a creative, energetic postdoctoral auditory cognitive (neuro)scientist to join their collaborative research team.

We encourage you to apply to the Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (DPFP) through the CarnegieMellon University Neuroscience Institute. The goal of this program is to provide support for exceptional early career scholars who will help develop neuroscience research at CMU, especially research that spans across research laboratories in different departments and even colleges, serving as a form of seed funding for new projects and collaborations.

Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $55,000 (plus benefits) and a research/travel fund of up to $5000 per year. The program is intended to bring in new scholars to the CMU community; researchers who are already in CMU laboratories are not eligible to apply. Up to two fellowships (renewable annually, typically for two years) will be awarded per year, depending on the applicant pool and available funding. Fellows will be encouraged to apply for additional independent funding to continue their work (as applicable), and will have access to administrative support as well as mentoring when developing proposals.

The position will involve many opportunities for professional development and cross-lab training. If selected for the DPFP, the fellow would join a growing and highly interactive Pittsburgh Cognitive Auditory Neuroscience (PCAN) collective committed to understanding human auditory behavior and is psychological and biological bases. Carnegie Mellon University’s strengths are complemented by those of the immediately adjacent University of Pittsburgh. Together, the two institutions boast research strengths in human, nonhuman animal, and clinical approaches to understanding auditory behavior. The successful candidate will be welcomed into a thriving, interdisciplinary intellectual community. Researchers in this highly supportive environment seek to span disciplines and employ multiple methodologies in their research. Facilities include a state-of-the-art MRI facility, EEG, NIRS, and MEG systems, and large-scale, high-performance computing clusters situated in a highly collaborative environment.

We are looking for fellows who demonstrate:

  • a creative, interdisciplinary approach to solving modern problems in neuroscience
  • an ability to develop new methods to study brain, behavior, and how they are related
  • the promise of seeding or promoting sustainable
  • collaborative links between NI faculty research programs
  • the potential for proposed research to lead to competitive external funding
  • a commitment to promoting diverse, ideas, perspectives, and voices in our research community

Carnegie Mellon’s Neuroscience Institute brings together researchers from across the University to conduct multi- disciplinary work to advance the state of brain science. The Neuroscience Institute comprises faculty from five of CMU’s seven schools and colleges, harnessing the university’s core strengths in cognitive science, computation, data science, biology, and engineering.

For more information, https://www.cmu.edu/ni/ni-fellows.html