The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of 15 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, several scientific research cores, and a clinical biomanufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.
Binaural hearing refers to being able to integrate information that the brain receives from the two ears. Binaural hearing is known to help us with the ability to listen in noisy, complex auditory environments, and to localize sound sources. The Binaural Hearing and Speech Laboratory at the Waisman Center (PI: Ruth Litovsky) studies binaural hearing in persons who have typical hearing and in persons who are deaf and use cochlear implants (CIs). In addition, individuals with Down Syndrome are studied to understand the association between hearing loss, cognition, language and brain function and structure. The Audiology Researcher will work closely with the Binaural Hearing and Speech Laboratory's research team consisting of the Principal Investigator, Research Program Coordinator, research staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
The Audiology Researcher will provide technical expertise in binaural hearing research, conduct experiments including speech understanding, sound localization, binaural hearing, eye tracking, EEG and cognitive measures, collect data, document results and assist with publication. They will be responsible for downloading cochlear implant maps and creating maps using lab-use-only processors. The Audiology Researcher will assist and train staff with fitting hearing aids used for research purposes. Additionally, they will work closely with research staff on updating IRB protocols as well as data deidentification and preparation of data for analysis.
Provides technical expertise to fundamental and/or applied scientific research under the direction of senior research personnel or faculty.
30% Collects and analyzes basic research data, conducts experiments and interviews, and documents results according to established policies and procedures
20% Conducts literature reviews, prepares reports and materials, and disseminates information to appropriate entities and assists with publications
20% Trains individuals and groups on equipment operations, research protocols, and techniques within a specialized laboratory or research area
5% Assists with the development of research methodologies and procedures
5% Identifies concerns and recommends solutions to leadership
5% Assists in developing grant applications and proposals to secure research funding
10% Schedule participants and communicate about expectations during research participation
5% Assists the lab in preparing recruitment materials and building relationships with community partners to recruit participants
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Required Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Psychology, Speech Language Pathology, Audiology, Education, or related fields.
Preferred Master's Degree in Audiology.
Highly Preferred A Doctorate Degree in Audiology (AuD).
Qualified candidates will have the following required experiences: Training experience in the areas listed below will be considered. - Six months to 1 year of experience in hearing research. - First-hand experience in assessing hearing loss. - Experience fitting hearing aids and/or cochlear implants. - Experience conducting hearing screenings and hearing evaluations. - Experience using standard audiometric equipment (e.g. audiometers, tympanometers, and sound level meters).
Well-qualified candidates will have the following preferred experiences: - Experience working directly with adult and child patients who use hearing aids and or cochlear implants. - Experience with EEG. - Experience setting map parameters for cochlear implant patients and fitting hearing aids - Experience following clinical or research protocols or standard operating procedures - Experience scheduling clinical visits and coordinating teams.
Preferred Audiology - State Licensure Licensure as an Audiologist in the State of Wisconsin
Full or Part Time: 50% - 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications Salary is negotiable and will be based on experience and skills. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.
Occasional evening or weekend work hours may be required.
A Criminal Background Check will be performed.
Must complete HIPAA training and receive certification within the first 5 days of employment and annually thereafter within 5 days of notification.
Reporting requirements must be completed in a timely manner, including but not limited to effort reporting and outside activities reporting.
How to Apply:
To be considered, applications must be submitted online. Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. Please upload a cover letter and resume detailing your interest and qualifications as it relates to this position. Please also identify in your cover letter, your experience with audiology in a clinical or research setting, any experience with digital signal processing or sound calibration, and your experience working collaboratively in a team-based environment.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
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