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Saturday, January 11, 2014 by Chris Wellekens

6-6 (2013-09-17) Postdoc Research Associate, Emerson College, Boston, MA, USA

Emerson College

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Post Doctoral Research Associate in Autism

The Facial Affective and Communicative Expression (FACE) Lab at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts announces the availability of a Postdoctoral Research Associate position, funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIH-NIDCD). The position is for two years, renewable up to four years.


The FACE lab investigates social communication, specifically facial and vocal expressions of children with and without autism, using several methodologies. We collect and analyze acoustic measures of speech, infrared motion capture data of facial feature movement, eyetracking data on gaze behavior to social stimuli, and subjective measures of how typical individuals perceive the facial and vocal expressions of individuals with high-functioning autism. The FACE lab is affiliated with the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, which has active research programs in the study of communication and communication disorders in several different populations.


Emerson College is located in the center of Boston, surrounded by major health care and research centers, which provide a wide range of collaborative clinical and research opportunities. It is the nation’s only four year institution dedicated exclusively to communication and the arts. The program in Communication Sciences & Disorders is one of the oldest and most respected in the country, and is highly ranked among the most competitive graduate programs in communication disorders in the US. The department offers state-of the-art research facilities, on-campus clinical facilities and is easily reached by public transportation.

Campus Location

Boston Campus

Primary Duties, Responsibilites, and Tasks

The position involves interacting with children with and without autism and their families, recruiting participants and coordinating research activities in the lab, collecting and analyzing eyetracking, speechacoustic, motion-capture, and behavioral data, and disseminating research results through conferences and journal publications. The successful candidate is expected to develop and implement independent projects as well.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

Applicants should have a doctorate in speech and hearing sciences, linguistics, computer science, engineering, or a related field. Familiarity with autism, computer programming, and strong writing skills are required.

Required Prior Work Experience

Doctoral level research experience in autism or related field is also required.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter describing their research interests and relevant experience, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three references to Dr. Ruth Grossman at

Diversity Statement

Emerson College values and has placed an institutional priority on multiculturalism in the campus community. Through its constantly evolving curriculum it seeks to prepare students for success in an increasingly multicultural society. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Members of historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Open Date


Open Until Filled


Job Title

English Language Learning (ELL) Faculty Member

Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks


Teach undergraduate- and graduate-level English writing, speaking, listening and reading to international students.

Assess the level of student writing and oral skills.

Work cooperatively with faculty members on pedagogies to address international student communication needs.

Participate with the faculty in on-going curriculum review and development with an emphasis on ELL skills and their alignment with student needs and faculty requirements.

Work with the Office of Admissions and the iGrad Transition program on assessing international student competencies.

Work with the Office of Internationalization and Global Engagement to help articulate intercultural program development and research goals; facilitate the internationalization of the curriculum; and build additional support programs for international students.

Work with the Lacerte Family Writing and Academic Resource Center (WARC) staff to develop strategies and programs to address international student communication needs.


Minimum Qualifications

Three-to five years of experience teaching university level ELL courses.

Expertise in ELL curricular development.

Master’s Degree and TESL/TEFL/TESOL certification and/or degree.

Fluency in a foreign language and experience living abroad.

Strong work ethic, positive attitude (flexibility and optimism), and analytical/organizational skills.

The ability to work independently as well as part of a team, multi-task, take initiative and set priorities to accomplish various instructional and operational tasks.

Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the theater district in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major media outlets, arts institutions, and research centers. The college enrolls 3,662 undergraduate students and 830 graduate students from 75 countries and all 50 states.


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