Postdoctoral Research Associates in Laryngeal Sensorimotor Control - Communication Sciences & Disorders - 13780


The Airway Sensory Physiology Laboratory in the Communication Sciences & DIsorders department within the College of Education & Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks two (2) Postdoctoral Research Associates. Thiese are one-year fixed terminal positions, renewable contingent upon continued grant funding and needs of the department.


The Airway Sensory Physiology Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (PI Michael J. Hammer, M.A., Ph.D., CCC-SLP) is looking to integrate postdoctoral research associate positions with our team. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who wants more research and mentoring experience before taking the next steps towards a faculty position. This would also be an excellent opportunity for individuals with previous doctoral training and/or clinical experience who would like to integrate these skills into a research team. The positions are initially for one year (and extensions are possible contingent upon grant funding, satisfactory performance and productivity) with a preferred starting date in the Spring/Summer 2018. Start date is negotiable. Applicants must have the Ph.D. degree by the start of the appointment. The positions remain open until filled. For more information, please contact lab director Michael J. Hammer, M.A., Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Opportunities to meet informally may be available at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting, the ASHA Convention, the Motor Speech Conference, and the Dysphagia Research Society meeting. In your application, please indicate whether you may plan to attend any of these meetings.


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidate pursuing a Ph.D. degree in communication disorders/speech science, neuroscience, cognitive/behavioral neuroscience, motor control/kinesiology, biomedical engineering, and related fields, are encouraged to apply. Applicant must have the Ph.D. degree by the start of the appointment.

Desired Qualifications:

Clinical certification and previous experience with endoscopic speech, voice, and swallow assessment would also be helpful but are not required. For one of the positions, we will be seeking an individual with experience and focus on EEG/ERP work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

We seek candidates with excellent verbal and written communication skills who are strongly motivated to participate in clinical translational neuroscience.


Responsibilities include preparing and conducting experiments, reviewing and writing manuscripts for publication, developing grantsmanship skills through assisting and writing grant proposals, and some supervision of undergraduate and graduate research assistants.


The Airway Sensory Physiology Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Our primary translational research goals are focused on (a) how auditory feedback and laryngeal mechanosensory input contribute to voice sensorimotor control, (b) how these mechanisms contribute to clinical deficits in persons with sensorimotor disorders, and (c) how these mechanisms and clinical deficits may improve with treatment. We also study the influence of somatosensation, taste, and chemesthesis on swallow physiology and airway protection. We utilize specialized endoscopic, acoustic, aerodynamic, and noninvasive neuroimaging techniques for this work.


UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions, 13 freshman-sophomore branch colleges, and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. Founded in 1868, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Campus and Rock Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources. 


Applications received by July 15, 2019 will be ensured full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Michael Hammer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor; Director, Airway Sensory Physiology Laboratory
(262) 472-5201


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Cover letter describing your research experiences, skills, interests, and goals (and clinical experience if applicable), and specifically what you would contribute and wish to gain from working in our laboratory
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of three individuals who can serve as references
  • PDF reprints of 3-5 relevant journal publications (or other relevant scholarly writing) you have authored, AND PDF samples of your grant writing skills.
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