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Postdoctoral Fellow, Multilingual Aphasia & Dementia Research Lab

The University of Texas at Austin
retirement plan
United States, Texas, Austin
101 East 27th Street (Show on map)
May 01, 2024

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Multilingual Aphasia & Dementia Research Lab


Hiring Department:

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2025





Job Details:

General Notes

The Multilingual Aphasia and Dementia Research Lab at the University of Texas, Austin (, PI: Stephanie Grasso, PhD, CCC-SLP) is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research position. Research in the MADR Lab focuses on developing treatment approaches for bilingual adults (Spanish-Catalan; English-Spanish) with progressive aphasia, on better characterizing the manifestation of aphasia and neurodegenerative disorders in individuals from culturally and linguistically varied backgrounds, and addresses bilingualism as a contributor to cognitive and neural reserve. Both research sites utilize current approaches in cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, and cognitive rehabilitation to address these issues. This position is based in Austin, Texas and includes the possibility of traveling for site visits in Barcelona, Catalonia. This position is currently funded for two years.

The position may be used to fulfill requirements for the Clinical Fellowship in speech-language pathology.


This position will be directly involved with an NIH-funded clinical trial in collaboration with Hospital de Sant Pau's Memory Unit (Barcelona; co-PI: Miguel Angel Santos Santos, MD, PhD).


  • Conducting data analyses and generation of presentations and manuscripts from research findings

  • Organization of data and managing databases shared across labs

  • Participant screening, assessment, and possibly treatment for studies examining the nature and management of progressive aphasia and related disorders

  • Supervision of undergraduate and Master's level students

Required Qualifications
  • a doctoral degree in speech-language pathology or a related field, received within the last three years.

  • English proficiency

  • a publication record and/or clinical record that reflects experience with cognitive neuroscience, neurorehabilitation, neurogenic communication disorders, bilingualism or related areas

  • experience with collecting and analyzing behavioral data

  • ability to travel internationally

Preferred Qualifications
  • strong or fluent-like Spanish

  • strong or fluent-like Catalan

  • prior experience interacting with individuals with aphasia in a research or clinical setting (in person or teletherapy)

  • experience managing multi-site data collection workflows

  • experience using R for data analyses and experience specifically with linear-mixed effects regression models

  • experience conducting neuroimaging analyses

  • experience applying for external funding

Salary Range

$60,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

Standard office and lab conditions.

Required Materials
  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

  • Research statement is optional

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Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an ,complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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