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Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of South Carolina Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of South Carolina Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

DISCIPLINE Speech-Language Pathology DISCIPLINE Speech/Hearing Science DISCIPLINE Nonspecific TYPE Post-Doctoral

The SC Research on Language and Literacy (SCROLL) Lab at the University of South Carolina is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate with an interest in language and reading development and disorders, including DLD and/or dyslexia. The postdoc will collaborate on existing funded research projects, develop research skills in their area of interest, and lead and support the dissemination of study results through the preparation of peer-reviewed manuscripts and conference presentations. The position is partially supported by a multi-site, NIH-funded, longitudinal study focused on word learning and reading achievement in children with DLD, dyslexia, or typical development. Additionally, the postdoc will have access to the lab’s extant databases, including studies of language, reading, and academic achievement in elementary-school-aged children using behavioral methods, eye-tracking, and/or EEG/ERP, and studies of vocabulary learning and reading comprehension in high school students. 


The salary will be set according to the NIH salary scale, and full benefits (health insurance, vision, dental, retirement, vacation and sick leave) are included. The SCROLL Lab is committed to the personal and professional development of its members and to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in communication sciences and disorders and related fields. We welcome applications from individuals with backgrounds that are under-represented in the field and from individuals who are invested in supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. 


The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 


To apply, submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and research statement through the online application portal


For questions, please email Dr. Suzanne Adlof,

Job Description

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will collaborate with other team members in activities including 

  • Preparation of research manuscripts and conference presentations
  • Data processing, reliability checks, and data management including maintenance of REDCap database
  • Training and supervision of research assistants
  • Basic statistical analyses
  • Translational research activities, including community information events

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders, psychology, child language, special education, linguistics, or other closely related discipline
  • Two or more years working with school-aged children in a research or educational setting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Expertise in time management, organization, and problem solving
  • Familiarity with statistical software and analysis

Preferred qualifications (one or more of the following):

  • Strong research writing skills
  • Record of scholarship as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and/or conference presentations
  • Experience with data management, data visualization, and statistical analysis
  • Experience with eye-tracking or EEG data collection and analysis
  • Experience programming with experimental control software


More Information about the Environment 


The SCROLL Lab is housed within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. COMD hosts an active and collaborative research faculty, with existing strengths in child language and literacy, aphasia, neurodevelopmental disorders, motor speech disorders, and neurodegenerative disease. Our faculty have strong ties with community entities including local public and private schools, Prisma Health, the local VA hospital, as well as with research groups across the university, including


SCROLL and COMD are housed within the Arnold School of Public Health, which hosts a highly active and interdisciplinary research community, with $43.5 million in extramural funding garnered in ASPH in 2020. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the University of South Carolina as a “very high research activity” institution (R1). 


Columbia, SC is an affordable, mid-size city, which enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually and has ready access to pristine beaches, lakes, rivers, and mountains. The city hosts historical and cultural attractions, festivals, performing arts and sporting events, parks and outdoor recreation including Congaree National Park and 50,000-acre Lake Murray.


Additional Info

Contact Name : Suzanne Adlof

Contact Address : Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of South Carolina
1705 College St., 2nd Floor
Columbia, SC, 29208

Contact Email :

Contact Phone : 803-777-4822

Instructions : To apply, submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and research statement through the online application portal

Application Deadline : 10/9/2022

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