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Postdoctoral Position for Cochlear Implant Research (University of Michigan)

CATSS Student Travel Awards


NSF NRT Graduate Training Program in Sensory Science
Center for Cognitive Sciences / Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science

(Click here to visit the NRT homepage.)

Current PhD students entering their 2nd or 3rd years may be eligible to apply for 1-2 years of comprehensive funding through the CCS/CATSS training grant, "NRT-UtB: Graduate training program in sensory science: Optimizing the information available for mind and brain."

Students who are selected will receive:
   - 12-month stipend of $34,000
   - tuition remission
   - health insurance
   - eligibility to apply for mini-grants and travel support
   - opportunities for industry internships

This is an interdisciplinary graduate training program that unites a fundamental understanding of basic sensory science (vision, audition, motor control, speech and language) with deep technical expertise in engineering, computer science, and other related fields. Interdisciplinary research will explore the development of effective assistive technologies for people with sensory deficits that have a major impact on an individual's quality of life.

Trainees must have:
   - a strong undergraduate and first-year graduate academic record
   - evidence of interest in interdisciplinary training related to sensory science, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, or related areas
   - a strong interest in the project's interdisciplinary research goals, including a focus on applications of basic science to the development of assistive technologies
   - availability and willingness to take one or more courses in the graduate minor area of translational sensory science

Students must have permanent resident or US citizen status to receive a paid fellowship.
Trainees must be endorsed by co-advisers from appropriate complementary disciplines.

Interested students should submit:
   - cover letter (not to exceed two pages, 11-point font) explaining their qualifications above, describing their interest in translational science, and identifying mentors from different departments/programs who can serve as co-mentors
   - CV including graduate GPA and courses taken with their corresponding grades
   - letter of recommendation from the student's primary academic advisor
   - confirmation from a co-mentor of their willingness to co-advise the student
   - description of recent research and engagement activities around the theme of translational sensory science

*** Application submission for Fall 2018 is now closed. ***



Postdoctoral Research in Humans and Animals with Cochlear Implants
Kresge Hearing Research Institute, University of Michigan



The Auditory Prosthesis Perception and Psychophysics Laboratory at the University of Michigan, Kresge Hearing Research Institute is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral research fellow interested in studying cochlear implant function. The overarching goal of our work is to examine the biological mechanisms underlying electrical hearing and use this knowledge to improve speech recognition in human cochlear-implant recipients. To accomplish this goal, we conduct experiments in cochlear implanted guinea pigs, mice, and humans using psychophysical and electrophysiological measures. In parallel, we use gene therapy procedures, genetic modifications, and histological measures in animals, and CT imaging and speech-recognition measures in humans to give a more complete understanding of the health of the cochlea and its functional implications in our test subjects. Recent projects have focused on: (1) the effects of neural and structural preservation and rehabilitation on cochlear implant function; (2) using data from non-invasive functional measures to improve speech processor fittings and increase speech reception in human implant users.

Our Laboratory is part of the Kresge Hearing Research Institute (KHRI) in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan Medical School. KHRI and the Hearing, Balance and Chemical Senses (HBCS) Training Grant at the U of M provide a highly supportive and diverse research environment and excellent career development opportunities for postdoctoral trainees.

KHRI website:


  • PhD, AuD/PhD or MD/PhD in Speech and Hearing Science, Biopsychology, Biomedical Engineering or related sciences
  • Ability to work independently, but demonstrating strong collaborative and organizational skills
  • Research and/or audiological experience with cochlear implants

Please note that for traineeships seeking support from our U.S. NIH HBCS Training Grant, applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents with a Green Card.


To apply, please send a statement of your postdoctoral objectives, your CV, and names of three potential references to Bryan Pfingst (



CATSS Student Travel Award Announcement

General information:
The Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS) promotes innovative interdisciplinary research in the sensory sciences. The CATSS student travel award program provides seed money for students to travel to conferences to present results on projects involving sensory sciences.

Award description:
This award is intended for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Minnesota or Mayo Clinic. Preference is given to members of CATSS faculty research groups who need travel funds.

Award amount:
Awards up to $500 will be considered. Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by the scientific leadership of CATSS.

Undergraduate students, graduate students or postdoctoral fellows at the University of Minnesota or Mayo Clinic Rochester, involved in research in the sensory sciences.

Nomination packets should consist of a single PDF document containing:
   - Letter of interest describing the need and supplementary funding available
   - Investigator CV/resume
   - Paragraph description of the proposed research presentation or copy of conference abstract.

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their:
   - Documented need
   - Interdisciplinary nature involving the sensory sciences
   - Innovation
   - Strength of the proposed research
   - Qualifications of the investigator
   - Membership and involvement in CATSS

Applications must be submitted electronically. Documents should be emailed to with "CATSS Travel Award" in the subject line.

Contact: If you have questions, please contact


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