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NIRx Medical Technologies: Support Engineer Internship

Postdoctoral Position for Cochlear Implant Research (University of Michigan)

CATSS Student Travel Awards


Applicants Sought for 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.)

Interested PhD students entering their 1st to 4th years are encouraged to apply to participate in activities sponsored by the CCS/CATSS training grant, "NRT-UtB: Graduate training program in sensory science: Optimizing the information available for mind and brain."

This is a new interdisciplinary graduate training program that seeks to provide a cohort of students with a comprehensive set of research, educational, and professional development opportunities uniting 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, in order to advance the development of effective assistive technologies for people with sensory deficits.

Cohort activities will include:
   - weekly interdisciplinary educational opportunities (colloquium, proseminar, or journal group)
   - major program events, including: fall half-day retreat, winter technical workshop, and spring research training activities
   - opportunities to apply for travel funding
   - opportunities for industry research internships

Members of the training cohort will be expected to:
   - pursue interdisciplinary research related to sensory science, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, or related areas, that is applicable to the development of assistive technologies;
   - identify co-mentors from different disciplines who can help guide the research, and meaningfully interact with each co-mentor;
   - complete one or more courses in the graduate minor area of translational sensory science;
   - participate in at least one relevant regularly-scheduled intellectual development activity, such as: a proseminar, colloquium series, journal group, or other similar meetings;
   - attend at least 1-2 of the major training program events per year.

Applicants should have:
   - a strong 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.

Interested students are invited to submit a cover letter (not to exceed two pages, 11-point font) describing their interest and explaining their qualifications. A CV should also be submitted that includes graduate G.P.A. and courses taken with their corresponding grades.

Letters of interest should be sent by email to

*Applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2017 Funded Traineeships.


NIRx Medical Technologies: Support Engineer Internship

NIRx Medical Technologies is looking to hire an organized, resourceful, and highly-motivated Support Engineer Interns. NIRx is a rapidly-growing international medical devices company located in Downtown Minneapolis. We specialize in high-end hardware and software used in functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) brain imaging research.

Please do not apply for this job if you can not meet all "requirements" below.

   - Student at the University of Minnesota (Bachelor, Master, or Ph.D.) during Spring 2018 semester
   - Pursuing degree in Biomedical Engineering or related field
   - Strong communication skills (written, spoken, phone calls, etc.)
   - Attention to detail, creative problem-solving skills, solutions-oriented mindset
   - Work visa or proof of US residency
   - 10 hours work per week minimum in-office

Job Title:
   - Support Engineer Intern

   - $15/hour

Job Duties:
   - Act as onsite fNIRS technSical support expert for fNIRS researchers at University of Minnesota
   - Assist with scientific support and consultation for neuroscientist customer base
   - Collaborate with research staff and end-users on development projects

Desired Traits:
   - Programming experience (e.g., Python, MATLAB, C++)
   - Development experience (e.g., working with micro-computers or micro-controllers)
   - 3-D drawing (e.g., CAD) and printing experience
   - Experience working in neuroimaging; EEG, fMRI, and/or fNIRS would be preferred, but not required

Qualified applicants can email a cover letter, resume, and references to: Links to, or examples of, relevant work would also be considered in application process.


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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