The individual assuming this post-doctoral research position will conduct a newly NIH funded multi-center project using pre-surgical MRI to predict future speech and language in children with cochlear implants. THE INITIAL APPOINTMENT FOR THIS POSITION IS TWO YEARS. The long term goal of our research is to improve outcomes by developing custom therapy based upon neural markers. This position is assigned to the Cochlear Implant Program research group of Dr Nancy Young at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The cochlear implant program at Lurie Children’s performs over 100 implant surgeries annually. This project is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Patrick Wong at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (http://brain.cuhk.edu.hk). The position is based at Lurie Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago.