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Postdoctoral Scholar in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Child Language Lab

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Speech & Hearing Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Child Language Lab

Position Details

Position Description

One postdoctoral position is available in the Child Language Lab in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. Join an interdisciplinary and dynamic team carrying out an NIH-funded project investigating dual language development in children learning Spanish and English with and without language delay. The postdoctoral scholar will be an integral contributor to a longitudinal project of early word learning abilities in young children and will contribute to designing and conducting experimental and naturalistic research.

The scholar will be encouraged to integrate and develop independent projects within the scope of the research and will be encouraged to participate fully in the intellectual life of the department. The scholar will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the Child Language Lab’s interdisciplinary network including faculty in Linguistics, Psychology, Rehab Medicine, Special Education in addition to the broader Communication Disorders community including the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic, the clinical training units at the Center on Human Development and Disability, the Auditory Neuroscience Training Program, and the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center.

The position is full-time, with an initial appointment for one year, and renewal is possible pending satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Salary will be according to the NIH postdoctoral scale and the new WA State Minimum Wage Act, and benefits are provided. 

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.

Applications will be continuously reviewed until position is filled.  Preferred start date anytime between August 2022 and January 2023.    


  • Native to near-native proficiency in Spanish (speaking, listening, reading, and writing)
  • Research interests in bilingual development, early language acquisition and word learning 
  • PhD in a broadly related field (e.g., speech-language-hearing sciences, cognitive science, computer science, psychology, learning sciences, linguistics)
  • Solid scientific communication and data analytic skills 

Preferred (some combination of)

  • Experience working with young children and families
  • Experience collecting and analyzing long-form naturalistic recordings of the home language environment (e.g., LENA)
  • Demonstrated capability in analytical coding environments such as R / python 
  • Experience collecting data in naturalistic contexts or using online interfaces
  • Web and/or app development experience


Apply through Interfolio, application includes uploading a CV, 1-2 page cover letter which briefly highlights research interests/experiences and career goals, diversity statement, contact information for 2 references, and publication(s).
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