RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

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Volunteering in the lab

If you are an undergraduate student and interested in gaining research experience in auditory aging, please get in touch. We always seek motivated and enthusiastic students who wish to learn and actively engage. You would learn about experimental design, behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (e.g., EEG, MEG), working with research participants, and how to analyze data.

 

Please send Dr. Herrmann (email) a CV, transcript, writing sample, as well as a short description of why they are interested in this area of research and the time commitment they are able to make.

Eventually, becoming a volunteer at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest involves a few steps, because Baycrest is a hospital with a long-term care unit. If you and Dr. Herrmann agree to work together, we would get you in contact with the vounteer service department (VSD) at Baycrest:

  • Complete the online volunteer registration form here: https://baycrestctr.vsyshost.com/vsys

  • Vulnerable sector screen (VSD provides the paperwork to do this)

  • Complete the volunteer application form

  • Submit a signed volunteer reference check

  • Complete eLearning modules (information will be emailed from the VSD)

  • Submit the completed Baycrest Volunteer Immunization Record

Graduate students

We often look for people who are interested in our work and who could see themselves as an MSc or PhD student. The work on Auditory Aging spans a wide range of subareas, including the study of the ...

  • Auditory sensory system (e.g., How do our brains respond to and how do we perceive sound as we age?),

  • Cognitive architecture needed for listening and understanding speech (e.g., Can we objectively assess whether a person finds listening effortful? How does prior knowledge support listening under acoustic challenges?), and

  • Experiential and social aspects of listening engagement (Why do some people who are hard of hearing disengage from listening whereas other continue to engage despite challenges?).

These are just a few core research areas of the lab. We are also interested in how mental health problems such as depression in older adulthood interact with hearing challenges to hinder communication. We use a variety of cognitive neuroscience tools, including EEG, MEG, eye-tracking, fMRI, psychophysics, and more. Co-supervision with other PIs at the Rotman Research Institute or UofT is also possible.

 

Application for the graduate program needs to go through UofT, and Dr. Herrmann is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. Please check out the application information at UofT. The application deadline is typically around December. If you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student, please get in touch ahead of time (email).

Postdocs

Postdoc hiring is usually done via a specific job call.

 

If you are interested in working with Dr. Herrmann on Auditory Aging, you may consider writing a postdoc funding application with Dr. Herrmann. A few postdoc funding opportunities can be found here. Please get in touch, ideally with a short outline of the idea you have in mind and how you think it fits into the general scope of the lab.

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