Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 09/27/2019

Requisition Number PRN22046B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary


VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00261 - Otolaryngology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 20000 to 500000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary


The Voice, Airway, Swallowing Translational ( VAST ) Research Laboratory under the leadership of Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, PhD is accepting applications for two post-doctoral positions focused on research investigating the pathophysiology and clinical characteristics of the neurogenic voice disorders of idiopathic vocal fold paralysis and vocal tremor associated with essential tremor.


To apply: Please email a cover letter containing your reason for interest and professional goals, CV and contact information for two references to Dr. Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer at If you have questions regarding this position, you may contact Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer directly via phone or email: (801)585-7143 or Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

V.A.S.T. RESEARCH LAB ENVIRONMENT : The Voice, Airway, Swallowing Translational ( VAST ) Research Laboratory has several funded and unfunded projects focused on addressing anatomic, physiologic, and neurogenic issues affecting the upper airway and larynx during voice, swallowing, and breathing activities. Our lab environment supports research training across undergraduate, master’s, doctoral (MD or PhD), and post-doctoral levels of experience. Inter-disciplinary projects involve collaborative work between experts from speech-language pathology, otolaryngology, radiology, neurology, biomedical/electrical engineering, statistics, and speech science. Two projects, in particular, offer insights regarding neurogenic voice problems with limited information regarding their pathophysiology or clinical phenomenology.

The first is idiopathic vocal fold paralysis (iUVP). This multi-site project investigates iUVP to determine the degree to which large-diameter blood vessel (i.e. aortic arch and pulmonary artery) compliance levels impact function of the recurrent laryngeal nerve resulting in idiopathic unilateral vocal fold paralysis. We will also determine co-morbidities and risk factors associated with these vascular changes that could lead to prevention or alternative treatment approaches for onset of unilateral vocal fold paralysis in the future.

The second is vocal tremor associated with individuals with essential tremor. Our project investigating essential tremor will advance our scientific knowledge about the underpinnings of vocal tremor caused by essential tremor and its impact on speech communication and quality of life. Findings from this research will provide insights about differences in tremor patterns in people diagnosed with essential tremor with and without vocal tremor. Consequently, better methods for evaluating and treating individuals with essential tremor and vocal tremor will result.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualifications Include:

1.A PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Electrical or Biomedical Engineering (emphasis on physiologic and imaging signal processing and analysis), Computer Science, Neuroscience, or related field

2.Experience conducting research relevant to speech science, movement disorders, anatomy, physiologic signal, or imaging analysis

3.Strong writing skills and experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals

4.Quantitative analysis skills such as with multivariate statistics

5.Ability to work with and contribute to coordination of an inter-disciplinary team

6.Ability to think critically and broadly

7.Ability to work independently and with others from varied backgrounds

8.Excellent organizational and time management skills

9.Affinity for working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures


Preferences for these positions include:

Idiopathic Vocal Fold Paralysis Position:

•Familiarity with voice evaluations that include nasoendoscopy, stroboscopy, laryngeal function studies and laryngology

•Electrophysiologic signal acquisition and analysis (e.g. EMG and its analysis)

•Electronic medical chart reviews and documentation

•Experience with tissue acquisition, histologic processing and image acquisition/analysis using standard stereologic methods as well as second harmonic photon imaging

•Experience with MR equipment and image acquisition

Vocal Tremor associated with Essential Tremor:

•Image processing using Matlab or Python, with ability to manipulate images that require coding skills

•Conducting voice evaluations that include nasoendoscopy, stroboscopy, laryngeal function studies

•Conducting electrophysiologic signal acquisition and analysis (e.g. EMG and its analysis)

•Computational methods for radiologic imaging, possibly involving MR image reconstruction and analysis

•Kinematic data collection and analysis

•Electronic medical chart reviews and documentation

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.