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Cochlear Implant Research Associate position (U.S. Citizen)

Cochlear Implant Research Associate position - National Military Audiology and Speech Pathology Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland (U.S. Citizen)
 A fully-funded Research Associate position will be opening this fall to support a new grant investigating the potential for the use of cochlear implants in military personnel.  The goals of the project are to evaluate the benefits of cochlear implants for single-sided deafness in complex multisource acoustic environments, and to evaluate the possibility that profoundly deaf individuals with a cochlear implant might outperform normal-hearing listeners in radio communication tasks in extreme noise environments.
 This position will be based in the Research Section of the National Military Audiology and Speech Pathology Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI) for this project, Joshua Bernstein, Ph.D.
Responsibilities include:
1)     Help develop and run experimental and studies concerned with speech intelligibility in noise and sound-source localization in complex multisource environments. This will include: help with literature reviews, experimental design, develop testing methodology programming for stimulus presentation and data collection, equipment set-up and calibration, pilot studies in normal-hearing listeners, subject recruitment and testing, data analysis and dissemination of results.
2)     Design and implement new scientific studies as needed, help with data analysis, writing, and publication of the experimental and modeling data.
3)     Maintain research records according to current HIPAA regulations.
4)     Perform other duties as assigned.

The most important qualities we are seeking in an individual are:

1) Technical skills (especially Matlab) to develop, troubleshoot and carry out auditory experiments.

2) Experience testing human subjects and analyzing psychophysical and speech-reception data. Prior research experience with cochlear implants and/or spatial hearing is preferred.

3) Demonstrated track record designing, carrying out and publishing research in the field of hearing science.

4) Willingness to engage in the regulatory aspects of research

Experience Required:

Experience in Hearing Science, Linguistics, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related field.  Background knowledge in several of the following areas is preferred: Cochlear Implant research experience; Experimental design and methods; Psychophysics, especially concerning binaural hearing, sound localization and speech intelligibility; Signal processing; Cochlear implant clinical audiology
Education Required:
A Ph.D. in Hearing Science, Audiology, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related field is preferred, although an individual with an Au.D. and substantial research experience involving cochlear implants will also be considered. This position would be ideal for an individual who is just completing their Ph.D. and desires postdoctoral experience in the area of cochlear implants, but other qualified individuals are also encouraged to apply.

The Research Associate will join a dynamic group of researchers with a diverse research portfolio including topics related to Cochlear implants, Hearing Aids, Auditory Fitness for Duty, Hearing conservation, Psychoacoustics, Speech Perception in Noise, Spatial Hearing, Multisensory perception, Motor Speech and Voice Disorders, Swallowing, Tinnitus and Traumatic Brain Injury.  The Research section is embedded within the Audiology and Speech Pathology Clinics, providing ample opportunities for collaboration between the research and clinical staff.
Time frame:
Funding has been awarded for this position for one (1) year, and is expected to recur for up to two (2) additional years.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Must be a U.S. Citizen.
For further information, or to discuss this position, please contact Dr. Joshua Bernstein at (301) 319-7040, email: joshua.g.bernstein.civ@xxxxxxxx

Joshua G.W. Bernstein, Ph.D.
Research Audiologist
Audiology & Speech Center
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Building 19, 5th Floor
8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20889
Tel: (301)319-7040