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Post-Doctoral Scholar, Otolaryngology/Head Neck Surgery

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery

Title: Post-Doctoral Scholar, Otolaryngology/Head Neck Surgery

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Otolaryngology/Head Neck Surgery in the School of Medicine is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar. Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator, the Postdoctoral Scholar will design and perform research related to an NIH-funded research program investigating hearing development in infants and young children who use cochlear implants to hear. The anticipated start date is January 17, 2021

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


  • Develop hypotheses, experimental designs and implement human subjects research to investigate the relationships between auditory resolution with a CI and development of speech perception outcomes in cochlear implanted infants. Areas of exploration include:
    • Impact of acoustic frequency and temporal resolution on perception of speech cues
    • Differences between pre and post-lingually implanted CI users’ spectral and temporal resolution and acoustic modulation sensitivity
    • Examination of auditory resolution with a CI in infants using objective methodologies
    • Understanding factors responsible for prolonged development of acoustic modulation sensitivity in normal hearing and implanted infants
  • Apply for external funding for research
  • Build/customize/troubleshoot experimental tools for psychoacoustic testing
  • Review relevant literature, analyze data, conduct statistical analyses
  • Present research results at meetings and engage in publications of results
  • Attend weekly lab meetings and journal clubs
  • Attend local and remote research seminars at PIs request
  • Attend biweekly CI Team clinical meetings
  • Participate in subject recruitment from clinics and participant pools
  • Oversee junior members of the team including research assistants and medical students
  • Obtain informed consent from participants
  • Complete bioethics course as required by NIH


  • PhD, or equivalent terminal degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences, Audiology, Psychology or related field, or equivalent foreign degree.
  • Interest in clinical outcomes in pediatric CI patients
  • Background in speech perception, language development with/without a cochlear implant
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, prioritize, multi-task, and to be well organized, with thorough attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain credible working relationships with clinical and administrative staff.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people; ability to work independently with occasional oversight; ability to trouble-shoot and solve problems.
  • Background familiarity relevant to the “areas of exploration” described above

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to qualify for NIH T32 position
  • Ability to qualify for external NIH post-doctoral funding or equivalent

Conditions of Employment

The position is funded for 1 year with option for extension based on productivity and effort and/or success in securing external funding

  • This position requires the ability to pass a background check and obtain facility access at Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Flexibility of schedule will be needed in order to fulfill responsibilities of this position to meet deadlines and recruit subjects, including occasional evenings, early mornings, and weekends.


Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter. Please contact with any questions.

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