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Research Scientist - Center for Childhood Deafness, Language, and Learning

Boys Town Omaha, NE


Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH) invites applications for early or mid-career level research scientist positions within the Center for Childhood Deafness, Language & Learning (CCDLL). There are two positions to be filled. Our vision is to grow the CCDLL into a program with tightly integrated research and clinical arms that work synergistically on issues of language development and disorders. Current expertise in the CCDLL focuses on children with developmental language disorder, dyslexia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, cleft palate, and children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Within these populations, we study word learning, spoken language, literacy, executive function, and statistical learning, and we employ a variety of methods including behavioral, EEG, and fNIRS. Work that fits this focus could involve:

  • examination of differences between learners with varying diagnoses
  • determination of the influences of intervention as well as family, academic, and social environments on language outcomes
  • comparison of developmental processes that support language learning during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood
  • investigation of brain adaptability and neurologic pathways that support language learning and development.

We are assembling a faculty that can offer a unique perspective on such issues one that is informed by a commitment to understanding and ameliorating the effects of childhood disabilities on language learning and development.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology, Cognitive Science, Developmental Psychology, Special Education, Linguistics, or a related field and a record that demonstrates a highly productive and excellent translational research program. Applications from scientists with expertise in clinical trials, communication development during infancy, language disorders in adolescents, and the relationship between communication disorders and emotional-behavioral health are particularly welcomed.

Scientists at Boys Town National Research Hospital are full-time researchers with no teaching or administrative responsibilities and reasonable service commitments. Scientist positions are institutionally funded, and mid- and senior scientists aim for 50% salary support on external grants. Early career scientists are provided with extensive mentoring and three years of full support to enable them to reach this goal. All scientists will have access to new, state-of-the art laboratory facilities, generous start-up funds, and extensive supports for grant management, IT, participant recruitment, and clinical measurement.

Scientists at Boys Town National Research Hospital have the advantage of working alongside an outstanding, internationally recognized group of colleagues. In addition to clinicians and scientists in the CCDLL, collaborations are possible with faculty in the Centers for Neurobehavioral Research, Sensory Neuroscience Research, Audiological and Vestibular Services, Hearing Research, and Child and Family Translational Research. Our intellectual community also includes colleagues at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, and the Creighton University School of Medicine. Our participation in the Great Plains IDeA-Clinical & Translational Research Center provides training opportunities, partnerships, and resources for scientists who wish to translate science into better health outcomes.

Omaha, Nebraska, a city located on the banks of the Missouri River, is frequently rated as one of the best places to live in the United States. Advantages include a low cost of living, quality schools, an increasingly diverse and vibrant population, excellent restaurants, a strong artistic and cultural environment, low unemployment, and a strong economy.

For more information about this opportunity please visit Research - Boys Town National Research Hospital ( Interested applicants should email their CV and statement of research in a single document to We will continue to consider applications until the positions are filled.

Date Posted: October 26th, 2022

Contact Dr. McGregor with any questions at

For full consideration, please apply by November 30, 2022

Boys Town National Research Hospital is a tobacco free campus. This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

Date Posted November 16, 2022
Date Closes December 16, 2022
Requisition 19728
Located In Omaha, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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