The Stepp Lab for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering at Boston University accepts applications for full-time postdoctoral associates, full-time doctoral students, part-time clinical recruitment assistants, and part-time graduate and undergraduate research assistant positions. Areas of research include voice and speech motor control, acoustic features of voice production, and functional measurements of voice and speech in health and disease.
Strong postdoctoral candidates will be considered, with experience in one or more of the following areas are strongly preferred: speech acoustics, voice disorders, biomedical instrumentation, signal processing, real-time modification of auditory feedback, hearing science, somatosensory discrimination, high speed imaging, biomechanical modeling. Postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to apply for internal (i.e., Boston University’s NIH T32 training grant) and external (e.g., NIH F32 grant) funding. Training will be in the specific areas of research, multidisciplinary research program management, grant writing, and scientific dissemination, with the goal of assisting postdoctoral associates in excelling as future independent investigators. If you are interested in joining the lab as a postdoctoral associate, please reach out to Dr. Stepp directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doctoral Research Assistants:
The Stepp Lab accepts doctoral students from the following PhD programs at Boston University: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, and Rehabilitation Sciences. All doctoral students at Boston University are guaranteed at least 5 years of full-time funding. If you are interested in joining the lab as a doctoral student, please reach out to Dr. Stepp directly at email@example.com.
Graduate Research Assistants:
Master’s students who are graduate research assistants in the Stepp Lab are involved in running studies, data analysis, and collaboration with undergraduate and doctoral students. Because of the time and energy investment from our staff to train a new RA, all graduate RAs must volunteer for one semester, for at least 8hr/week. After the initial semester, if things are working well, they are often transitioned to paid RA positions. The ideal applicant will be interested in a longer-term (multiple semesters) position. Master’s students are also eligible for thesis projects in the lab. Apply here.
Undergraduate Research Assistants:
Undergraduate research assistants are involved in running studies, data analysis, and collaboration with graduate students. Because of the time and energy investment from our staff to train a new RA, all undergraduate RAs must volunteer for one semester, for at least 8hr/week. After the initial semester, if things are working well, they are often transitioned to paid RA positions. The ideal applicant will be interested in a longer-term (multiple semesters) position. Undergraduate students are also eligible for thesis and/or senior projects in the lab. Apply here.
Clinical Recruitment Assistants:
Clinical research assistant positions allow for individuals to gain clinic experience and interact with patients. RA positions involve shadowing physicians in the Otolarygngology and/or Neurology departments at BMC a couple of times a week to recruit patients with voice disorders for studies. Duties also include running an experiment with interested individuals to collect acoustic data. Most of the RA’s time (ideally 8 hours a week or more) is spent shadowing the physician throughout all his appointments in the ENT clinic. Additionally, a Recruitment Assistant’s duties include attending events twice a month, such as 5K runs, senior centers, bingo nights, and community outreach events in order to recruit participants.
The ideal applicant will be interested in a longer-term (multiple semesters) position. In order to apply for this position, students must have at minimum 3 consecutive hours available on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays between 9 AM – 12 PM or 1 PM – 4 PM. Apply here.
All candidates must be dedicated to building and maintaining a collaborative lab environment.