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Faculty Research Assistant - Aptitude Research Teams
The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) to join its foreign language aptitude research teams. These research teams investigate second language acquisition, focusing in particular on: predicting success in achieving high-level or near-native proficiency, identifying the cognitive and perceptual abilities relevant to high-level language skills, predicting aptitude for specific languages or linguistic features, and tailoring language training to match learners' aptitude profiles.
Duties: The FRA will work with one or more research teams on all aspects of a research project on foreign language aptitude. Duties will include both administrative and research tasks. They will include some subset of the following (depending on the specific project): participant recruitment, scheduling, and testing as part of an on-going validation study; organizing meetings, taking minutes, and coordinating schedules; and assisting in the preparation of status reports, briefings, and technical reports. Research activities will include, but are not limited to, working with a research team to develop testing protocols, writing IRB applications, piloting and validating assessments, managing the team library, meeting with government and military personnel, technical editing and copyediting, as well as data collection, organization, and analysis. Travel is required.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required in a research field involving human participants such as Psychology, Sociology, Cognitive Science, Statistics, or Program Evaluation. Master's degree preferred with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition, Language Assessment, Psychology, or Linguistics. Expertise in Microsoft Office is required. Experience with, or willingness to learn, R, SPSS, and LaTeX is a plus. Previous research experience assessing cognitive and/or linguistic knowledge, with knowledge of statistical analysis, is desirable. Candidates must be willing to be trained to perform all requisite duties of the position and demonstrate an ability to work in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary and intercultural environment.
Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the appropriate security clearance.
CASL, established in 2003, is one of 14 university-affiliated research centers in the nation. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science research that results in improved performance on language tasks relevant to the work of government language professionals. Our research focuses on improving knowledge of less commonly taught languages, enhancing the acquisition and maintenance of foreign language capability by government professionals, advancing the capacity to use foreign language skills in government professions, and improving the quality of human language technology. For more information, please visit www.casl.umd.edu.
Compensation for this position is competitive commensurate with experience and education, plus fantastic benefits (e.g., healthcare, excellent retirement plans, 22 days for annual leave, 3 personal days, and 14 scheduled holiday leave days per University schedule).
Application: For best consideration please apply on line by February 28, 2013 at http://jobs.umd.edu and click on FACULTY (direct link: http://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58457). You will need to create an account and submit a cover letter, resume, list of references containing the contact information for three professional referees, and up to three writing samples. The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
The Cognition and Action Lab at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), a division of the Einstein Healthcare Network, has an opening beginning early summer of 2013 for a BA/BS- or Master's-level Research Assistant/Lab Manager. The position involves assisting on NIH-funded studies of action and object representations in healthy and stroke populations using behavioral experiments, state-of-the art neuroimaging, and TMS/tDCS. Applicants should have a strong academic background in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field, coursework in statistics and research methods, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and prior human behavioral research experience. Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute is a stimulating academic environment offering many training opportunities, including close collaboration with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, and is located near the vibrant city of Philadelphia. We offer competitive compensation, an attractive benefits plan including medical/dental/vision coverage, generous vacation time, and tuition reimbursement. See our laboratory website at http://www.mrri.org/focus-areas/cognition-and-action-laboratory.
To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, and the names and email address of 2-3 professional references to Ms. Allison Shapiro (email@example.com), our current Lab Manager, with the header "Research Assistant". Albert Einstein Healthcare Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Senior Research Assistant Position will provide research assistance in an ongoing research project on human visual attention/perception, language process and computational modeling on these topics. Primary responsibilities include assisting development experiment design, recruiting participants, data analysis, literature search and review, assistance with aspects of manuscript preparation, maintaining an organized and efficient filing system and back-up of data. Job requires occasional travel.
We offer a comprehensive salary program and excellent benefits including tuition remission/grant, in a smoke/drug free workplace. The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply. EOE/AA/D/V. For a complete job description, please search our website for requisition # 55266 and apply on-line at:
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Two full-time NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute-funded research assistants for Cognitive Neuroscience of Language projects at the Neuroscience of Language Laboratory in Abu Dhabi, assisting PIs Alec Marantz, Liina Pylkkänen, and David Poeppel. Initial appointment for one year, with possibility of renewal. BA/BS in cognitive science-related discipline (psychology, linguistics, etc.) or computer science. Programming and/or statistics experience a plus. The RAs will be involved in all stages of planning, execution and analysis of MEG/EEG experiments on language processing. Participant recruitment as well as lab maintenance would be among RA duties. Preferred start date is June-July 2013, but this is negotiable. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience; benefits, including travel and lodging in Abu Dhabi, are quite generous. Applications will be accepted through February. Review of applicants will begin immediately. To apply, please email CV and names of references to Paul Del Prato at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full-time Lab Manager position for the Marantz group at the NYU Neurolinguistics Laboratory, with responsibilities extending to the NYU Abu Dhabi Neuroscience of Language Laboratory. Initial appointment for one year, with possibility of renewal. BA/BS or MA/MS in a cognitive science-related discipline (psychology, linguistics, etc.) or computer science is required. The lab manager will be involved in all stages of execution and analysis of MEG experiments on language processing, with a concentration on auditory word recognition as modulated by the morphological structure of words. Previous experience with psycho- or neurolinguistic experiments is highly preferred. A background in statistics and some programming ability (especially Matlab) would give an applicant a strong edge. Preferred start date is July 2013, but this is negotiable. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience. Applications will be accepted through February. Review of applicants will begin immediately. To apply, please email CV and names of references to Paul Del Prato at email@example.com.
The Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab within Georgetown University's Center for Aphasia Research and Rehabilitation, directed by Rhonda Friedman, Ph.D., is seeking a full-time research assistant to support two ongoing studies examining the decline of word-finding abilities in adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and Primary Progressive Aphasia. Research in our lab examines language and learning/memory function and dysfunction in people with stroke, head injury, and dementia. Projects include behavioral, fMRI, eye tracking, and ERP studies, and development of cognitive treatments for acquired language disorders.
Duties include: preparing stimulus materials according to research protocols; data organization, input, and maintenance; scoring language and neuropsychological assessment tests; coordination and scheduling of participants; recruitment and testing of normal control subjects; and data processing and analysis, including coding of subjects' errors, as directed by senior lab members. The research assistant will also provide support to the Principle Investigator and other lab members, including ordering supplies and equipment, processing subject payments, maintenance and updating of the lab's library, data back-up, and other minor duties as assigned. This position will involve working closely with the lab manager and other lab members for coordination of tasks, as well as a significant amount of independent work. The successful research assistant will be self-initiated, motivated, and have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Direct contact and testing of participants and supervision of undergraduate students may be required at a later date. Requires a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or a related field; research experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; and a demonstrable interest in brain and language.
The search will begin immediately and will continue until an appropriate person is found, preferably by the end of March.
Please email a cover letter and CV, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent via email to:
LOCATION: CAMBRIDGE, MA
START DATE: Spring-Summer '12
This position is in the lab of Jeremy Wolfe and Todd Horowitz. We conduct psychophysical/behavioral research primarily in the area of visual attention. How do you find what you are looking for in a world full of things you are not looking for? How do radiologists find a tumor in an x-ray? How do their eyes move when they are looking? How could we help make them more accurate? Healthy young adults are the experimental observers for many experiments. Experts like radiologists are observers in other experiments. The position involves all stages of the research process from planning experiments and preparing documents for the ethics review board to helping to write up results for publication, but the main focus is data collection and analysis. Research assistants typically attend and present at one scientific meeting each year, funding permitting.
This position requires a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. A major in Psychology or related field would be preferable, but is not necessary. Some research experience would also be useful. The lab is primarily Macintosh based. A candidate should have some computer experience and should be willing to learn how to use our statistics, graphics, and word processing packages. Programming experience is not necessary, but familiarity with MATLAB would be a plus. Familiarity with eye tracking would be another plus. A candidate must be able to work in an organized, independent manner on multiple tasks and should be able to interact with subjects in a tactful and pleasant manner.
This is an excellent position for a new college graduate who wants to spend two or more years in a research setting before going on to graduate or medical school. NOTE: A two-year commitment is required. The position is not appropriate for those with advanced degrees. Visa and funding issues make it extremely difficult to hire non-US residents.
Brigham & Women's Hospital Visual Attention Lab