Open Postdoctoral Positions

The following are open Postdoc positions within KHRI

Postdoctoral Research in Humans and Animals with Cochlear Implants

Job Summary:

The Auditory Prosthesis Perception and Psychophysics Laboratory at the University of Michigan, Kresge Hearing Research Institute is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral research fellow interested in studying cochlear implant function.  The overarching goal of our work is to examine the biological mechanisms underlying electrical hearing and use this knowledge to improve speech recognition in human cochlear-implant recipients.  To accomplish this goal, we conduct experiments in cochlear implanted guinea pigs, mice, and humans using psychophysical and electrophysiological measures.  In parallel, we use gene therapy procedures, genetic modifications, and histological measures in animals, and CT imaging and speech-recognition measures in humans to give a more complete understanding of the health of the cochlea and its functional implications in our test subjects.  Recent projects have focused on: (1) the effects of neural and structural preservation and rehabilitation on cochlear implant function; (2) using data from non-invasive functional measures to improve speech processor fittings and increase speech reception in human implant users.

Our Laboratory is part of the Kresge Hearing Research Institute (KHRI) in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan Medical School.  KHRI and the Hearing, Balance and Chemical Senses (HBCS) Training Grant at the U of M provide a highly supportive and diverse research environment and excellent career development opportunities for postdoctoral trainees.

Desired Qualifications:
  • PhD, AuD/PhD or MD/PhD in Speech and Hearing Science, Biopsychology, Biomedical Engineering or related sciences
  • Ability to work independently, but demonstrating strong collaborative and organizational skills
  • Research and/or audiological experience with cochlear implants

Please note that for traineeships seeking support from our U.S. NIH HBCS Training Grant, applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents with a Green Card.


To apply, please send a statement of your postdoctoral objectives, your CV, and names of three potential references to Bryan Pfingst (

Postdoctoral Research in Development and Regeneration of Murine Hair Cells at Single Cell Resolution 

A postdoctoral research position is available in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Kresge Hearing Research Institute, University of Michigan. The Waldhaus Lab uses single cell whole transcriptome technology to study development and regeneration of the organ of Corti in mice.

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Job Summary:

The goal of this project is to resolve molecular mechanisms determining the tonotopic organization of the mouse inner ear, which is a key feature allowing for speech perception and communication. Methods applied will include RNAseq, flow sorting, histology and confocal microscopy.

Desired Qualifications:
  • PhD in Biology or equivalent is required.
  • The successful candidate should have a solid background in cell- and molecular biology.
  • Experience in mouse colony management, in situ hybridization and imaging is required, interest in flow sorting and bioinformatics is a plus.

To apply, please send a statement of your postdoctoral objectives, your CV, and names of two references to Joerg Waldhaus (