Research Associate

Boulder, CO
Apr 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

A full-time research associate position is available in the Hearing Research Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder to work with Dr. Kathryn Arehart and Mr. James Kates and collaborators on topics related to auditory perception and hearing aids. The position is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD) and the hearing-aid industry. The position involves cognitive and auditory testing as well as developing computational models of speech intelligibility and sound quality for adults wearing digital hearing aids. Our program of research considers variability in speech understanding among older listeners; how cognition contributes to that variability; and the extent to which those issues can be addressed with specific hearing aid signal-processing strategies. We also work on the development of objective metrics for the prediction of sound quality and speech intelligibility with hearing aids.

The candidate will participate in all phases of research including experimental design, stimulus generation, participant recruitment and testing, data collection and analysis, grant administration, supervision of student research assistants, and dissemination of results at scientific conferences and in research publications.

The position is initially supported for one year. Additional years of support may be available contingent on satisfactory progress and availability of grant funds. Mentorship in grant writing will be available for candidates who wish to seek independent funding. Salary is commensurate with NIH post-doctoral stipend levels.

The position is housed within the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Department on the Boulder campus. The Department has strong ties with the University of Colorado neuroscience and cognitive science programs as well as the audiology department at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.


The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent research experience in a field related to auditory or cognitive science (audiology, psychology, engineering, gerontology, etc.), as well as strong computational, mathematical modeling, and signal processing skills. Strong communication and organizational skills are also required.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordiator by calling 303-492-2127.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s), Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter, 2 - Curriculum Vitae, 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred, Copy of Diploma, or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree, and 4 - Letter of Recommendation. This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10216 - SLHS-Speech,Lang&Hearing Sci

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 18, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Brenda Dowell

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00732710