Language Neuroscience Laboratory

Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Postdoctoral position

A postdoctoral position is available in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory (PI: Stephen M. Wilson, Ph.D.) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The successful applicant will play a key role on NIH-funded research projects investigating the functional reorganization of language processing in individuals with post-stroke aphasia.

A Ph.D. is required in a relevant field, such as Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The ideal candidate will have experience in conducting neuroimaging studies related to speech or language. A record of research productivity is highly desirable. Programming skills are also desirable.

Research in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory is focused on investigating the neural basis of language function, understanding how language breaks down in patients with different kinds of aphasia, and identifying patterns of neuroplasticity that can support recovery over time. Our approach combines multimodal neuroimaging with quantitative assessments of language function. Our work is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Vanderbilt University provides an excellent environment for our research program. The Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (director: John Gore, Ph.D.) is a state-of-the-art facility with two 3T scanners and one 7T scanner, and there are numerous investigators at Vanderbilt carrying out innovative cognitive neuroscience research. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers top-ranked graduate education in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and provides clinical care to thousands of individuals with communication disorders. We work closely with colleagues at the Vanderbilt Stroke Center (director: Howard Kirshner, M.D.), which sees over a thousand patients each year, and the Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (director: Michael de Riesthal, CCC-SLP, Ph.D.). The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with an outstanding group of scientists and clinicians, and to build an independent research program.

Nashville is often rated one of the best places to live and work in the USA, thanks to its vibrant economy, reasonable cost of living, educational opportunities, friendliness, diversity, and renowned live music scene.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, and will be consistent with NIH NRSA stipends. The start date is flexible, and the position is open until filled.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, a CV, up to three representative publications, and contact information for two references, to Stephen M. Wilson <stephen.m.wilson at>.

Position updated: March 14, 2019.

Research Assistant position (part-time)

We are looking for a highly motivated Vanderbilt freshman or sophomore to join the lab as a part-time research assistant. Your initial duties will be:

  1. organize, enter, and code research data
  2. assist in coordinating participants' research visits
  3. assist the speech-language pathologists with review of participants' medical records
  4. liaise with medical records offices to obtain participants' medical records
  5. attend weekly lab meetings to become familiar with the scientific content of our research.

Essential qualifications:

  • Vanderbilt University freshman or sophomore
  • highly motivated
  • reliable
  • quick learner
  • excellent attention to detail
  • strong computer skills
  • interest in clinical research
  • open to potentially working in the lab for several years
Desirable qualifications:
  • previous work or volunteer experience in any medical setting
  • interest in the scientific study of language
  • interest in cognitive neuroscience
  • computer programming experience

To apply, please send a letter of interest, a CV, and contact information for reference(s), to Stephen M. Wilson <stephen.m.wilson at>.

Position updated: March 14, 2019.

Graduate study

If you are interested in graduate study supervised by Dr. Wilson, please email me, and include a letter of interest, your CV, your academic transcripts, and GRE scores if available.