University of Southern California

Hearing and Communication Neuroscience

Postdoctoral Training

The HEI/USC Hearing and Communication Neuroscience (HCN) Program offers training opportunities for postdocotoral scholars in the labs of HCN faculty members. Students interested in post-doctoral training should contact individual faculty members directly to see if they have openings in their lab.

The Program: Postdoctoral, and physician-scientist trainees will benefit by participating in a highly interactive and multidisciplinary training experience that includes basic, translational, and clinical research, and is unfettered by conventional departmental barriers. The opportunities created by this collaborative endeavor will actively foster creative research in both basic experimental neuroscience and its application to disorders of hearing and vocal communication. The HCN program is designed to raise the visibility of training and research possibilities in hearing and communication neuroscience at both USC and HEI, drawing in new recruits and building an intellectual infrastructure for existing students and postdocs, as well as enhancing interactions and collaborations between different laboratories. The program brings together a broad spectrum of scientists/mentors to enhance inter-disciplinary communication across different levels of analysis, and offers the unique advantage of providing opportunities to bridge basic science with clinical applications. Trainees will have the opportunity to be exposed directly to ongoing clinical research and applications at HEI as a major and unique strength of the program.

Training: The goal of the postdoctoral program is to train young Ph.D. and M.D. scientists as outstanding and independent researchers and scholars in hearing and communication neuroscience. The most important part of this plan is to provide extensive, hands-on experience in the planning, execution, analysis, and publication of experimental research projects relating to audition and vocal communication. The top priority of trainees in our program will be to conduct research under the direction of their mentor; in so doing they will acquire all of the techniques and expertise necessary to carry out their proposed research and lay the foundation for launching their own independent career in research. The training plan will ensure that they acquire basic knowledge pertaining to all aspects of research in hearing and communication neuroscience.

A second essential element of our postdoctoral training program is to encourage postdoctoral trainees to develop all the other skills necessary for a career in science. In particular, they will be given extensive mentoring with regard to developing an outstanding research plan as a first step in developing an individual NRSA application (which is required by the end of their first year).