Music Lab Postdoc Application
The Music Lab (PI Samuel Mehr) is recruiting a postdoc to lead studies of auditory perception in infants, children, and/or adults, with a fairly open topic emphasis. Research areas of interest in the lab currently include tonal and metrical hierarchies, auditory scene analysis, musical emotion, musical communication, cultural evolution of vocalizations, cross-species comparison of auditory perception, and relations between music and language.

Applicants should have a strong publication record in any area of the cognitive sciences, loosely defined. Experience in the psychology or neuroscience of music and/or audition is preferred, but not required (people new to auditory work often have great ideas about the area!).

Candidates who are interested in citizen science and gamification will use our platform to recruit participants for their studies at large scale and as such will also be expected to contribute to front-end and back-end development. For these candidates, web development experience is preferred; some of the technologies and platforms we use are jsPsych and other javascript tools, React, CSS, AWS, SQL, R/shiny, and Python. For the right candidate, expertise in other programming environments may suffice, however, given a willingness to learn a variety of web tools in a self-directed manner.

Candidates who are interested in doing developmental work (whether in-lab or online) are also welcome. We have active projects in the developmental area, using both a well-equipped babylab facility for auditory research, and our online platform for gamified experiments designed for children. Collaboration opportunities are possible with our sister site at the Yale Child Study Center. For these candidates, experience working in research settings with infants or young children is required.

Please specify in your application the area you are most interested in, if not both. 

This is an ~18-month position (exact duration TBD), based at our site at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and requires in-person work. Renewal/extension is possible, contingent on the availability of grant funding. International candidates are welcome and it is typically easy and fast to obtain a work visa in New Zealand. We expect to make an appointment at the Research Fellow 1 level, with a starting salary of NZ$94,981 per year. There is no fixed start date, so we will review and interview applicants on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please direct questions to

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Last name *
What year did you/will you earn your PhD (or equivalent degree)? *
Post an accessible link to a pdf of your CV here. *
Which one of your papers are you most excited about? Post a link so that we can read it. *
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In 2-4 sentences, please describe your skills and experience with web development, statistical programming, and/or computational modeling. *
If these are evident from your CV, it's fine to write "see CV", but because our lab does quite a bit of web development and statistical computing, it may make sense to elaborate a bit here. Up to you. If you're only interested in doing developmental work, please comment on your statistical experience here and not webdev stuff.
In 2-4 sentences, please describe your skills and experience working with parents, children, and infants.
If you're only interested in doing citizen science / non-developmental work, skip this question.
List the names, affiliations, & email addresses of 1-3 academic references. *
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We ask this question because the NIH, who funds some projects in our lab, encourages institutions to diversify their student, postdoctorate and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences.
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