Open Positions

The Stepp Lab for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering at Boston University has openings for postdoctoral research associates and full-time research assistants (B.S. and/or M.S.). Areas of research include vocal motor control and acoustic features of voice production in health and disease.

Postdoctoral Associates:
The primary duties of postdoctoral associates will be the preparation and execution of experimental paradigms and experiments; preparation of scientific publications and presentations for dissemination of research results in scholarly venues; and assisting the PI with the preparation of scientific grant proposals for funding. Candidates will be expected to contribute to ongoing research projects as well as to collaborate with the PI on new projects of mutual interest. Candidates will also be expected to collaborate with a team of other scientists and clinicians across the Boston area.

A candidate for the postdoctoral research associate position should hold a PhD degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences, biomedical/electrical engineering, neuroscience, or rehabilitation science. Candidates 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. This position requires at least basic programming skills, and the candidate is expected to have experience working in MATLAB and/or LabView. Strong communication skills are essential: the candidate must have excellent command of spoken and written English. Also the candidate should have a demonstrated ability to execute independent research that has resulted in high quality published articles. In addition to project grant funding, 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.

Research Assistants:
A candidate for the research assistant position should hold a B.S. and/or M.S. in speech, language, and hearing sciences, biomedical, mechanical, or electrical engineering, neuroscience, computer science, biology, or similar. Candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas are strongly preferred: speech acoustics, audiology / hearing science, signal processing, audio processing, computer programming, biomechanical modeling, statistics, clinical research coordination and/or recruitment, IRB application preparation and management. Strong communication skills are essential: candidates must have excellent command of spoken and written English. Previous experience in a lab environment is also required. An interest in contributing to scientific dissemination via manuscript and/or presentation preparation is preferred.

Additional Position Information:
The salary will be commensurate with background and experience. Employees will receive full benefits that Boston University offers in accordance with the position and appointment term. Appointments will be for 1 year, although ideal candidates will stay longer (renewal dependent on continued excellent performance in meeting the required duties and continued availability of funds). Full-time employees of BU are also eligible for extensive tuition remission benefits and participation in courses at BU is encouraged based on scheduling of job duties. All candidates must be dedicated to building and maintaining a collaborative lab environment.

Please send questions and applications (a CV) to Cara Stepp at