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Post Doctoral Fellow

University of Houston
Houston, TX

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Possesses, understands, and applies a comprehensive knowledge in area of specialization. Develops understanding and skills to allow for completion of assignments that cross fields of specialization. Develops leadership and management skills.

  1. Receives/Reviews progress and evaluates results of experiments or projects under control or supervisory responsibility.
  2. Recommends changes in research, testing or experimental procedures.
  3. May be responsible for a single highly technical and complex piece of research equipment.
  4. May review and evaluate the effectiveness of personnel.
  5. May plan for and assign personnel to projects under control.
  6. Operates with latitude for unreviewed action.
  7. May receive general supervision conferring with higher levels only in unusual situations.
  8. Performs other job-related duties as required.



Additional Job Posting Information: 
The Dual Lab, under the supervision of Anny Castilla-Earls, PhD, at the University of Houston is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to be part of a federally funded intervention study focused on bilingual children with developmental language disorder. This project, conducted in collaboration with Amanda Owen Van Horne (University of Delaware) will examine the relationship between relative language proficiency and the language of intervention (monolingual intervention = English-only or Spanish-only; bilingual intervention: Spanish+English) using sentence recast therapy with the goal of improving language outcomes in both languages.

The ideal candidate will be interested in questions of treatment efficacy, bilingualism, syntax learning, and Developmental Language Disorder, with good quantitative research skills. This person should be capable of conducting diagnostic assessments in both English and Spanish (e.g., BESA, language sampling) and supporting treatment administration within the clinical trial. The successful candidate will have an interest in supporting undergraduate student participation in the laboratory, have a willingness to abide by both clinical and research ethics, and be able to collaborate effectively with remote partners using telecommunication tools. 

Additional desired skills include demonstrated ability to document activities in a reliable and detail-oriented way to enhance reproducibility, ability to rapidly build and maintain rapport and engagement with children and parents, knowledge of human subjects protocol management, data structures and statistics. Knowledge of complex syntax forms targeted in the interventions and/or prior experience with providing sentence recasting is also a plus.

A doctoral degree (ABD considered) in Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Disorders, Education, Linguistics, Psychology, or another allied field is required. A certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-SLP) is highly desirable.  

Salary will follow the NIH postdoc salary scale. Planned start date is August 2023. This is a full-time benefited position for up to 1 year, with the possibility of extension of the position beyond 2024.  

To apply: Please provide a cover letter, a CV, a research statement, and the names and email addresses of three professional references (references will not be contacted without your knowledge) to Anny Castilla-Earls ( For questions, contact Dr. Castilla-Earls

Doctoral and No experience

Requires singular knowledge of a specialized advanced professional discipline or the highest level of general business knowledge, normally acquired through attainment of a directly job-related terminal degree or equivalent formal training in a recognized field of specialization that is directly related to the type of work being performed.No experience is required.

Organization: H0087 Communication Disorders
Employee Status: Regular/Benefits
Job Posting: Aug 17, 2023, 8:36:30 AM

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