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Added 4/18/2018

Lab Manager/Research Assistant Position at Penn State CLS

The Center for Language Science (CLS) at Penn State seeks candidates for the position of Lab Manager/Research Assistant. The CLS is an interdisciplinary group of linguists, psycholinguists, applied linguists, speech-language pathologists, speech scientists, and cognitive neuroscientists who share an interest in language acquisition and bilingualism. CLS researchers employ a variety of methods including behavioral measures, eye tracking, electrophysiological methods (EEG/ERP), and fMRI. Responsibilities for this position include assisting with CLS faculty research, managing the laboratory operations (including equipment maintenance and participant scheduling), and providing support for weekly meetings and other CLS events. Skills and experience with some programs such as ELAN, E-prime, Ibex Farm, MATLAB, Praat, Python, and R is desirable. Training and experience with at least one technical method (e.g. eye tracking, EEG/ERP, acoustic analysis in Praat) is required, and knowledge of statistics is also desirable. Additional training will be provided for technical methods, and also for the conduct of research with human participants. Candidates should have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects, and a strong curiosity and interest in language science research and methods. Knowledge of and experience working with languages other than English is also desirable but not required.

This position is ideal for someone who has completed undergraduate studies in a language science related field and wishes to gain additional laboratory experience before applying for graduate school. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A bachelor's degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have had laboratory experience as an undergraduate, preferably with both behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV, and a listing of three names of references. The cover letter should include information about how the candidate's research interests align with the research being conducted at the CLS. For more information on CLS faculty projects, visit and click on the Research tab. Review of applications will begin on April 27. Questions about the position can be sent to Dr. Frances Blanchette ( The appointment start date will be no later than September 1, 2018. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire, with possibility of re-funding. Apply online at

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Added 4/18/2018

3 full-time positions, Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to 3 full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers.

Starting date for all positions is Summer/Fall 2018. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a very active research group as preparation for a research career. Applicants must already have permission to work in the US, or be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and should have completed a BA or BS degree by the time of appointment. The ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a distinct advantage. Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions.

The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 13th, 2018. However, review of applications will begin immediately.

Positions #1-#2: Baggett Research Fellowships

Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions. Fellows can pursue research in linguistics, cognitive (neuro)science of language, language acquisition, or computational modeling. 1-2 positions are available for 2018-2019, subject to confirmation of funds. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. Information on the program and faculty mentors is at

Contact: Dr. Andrea Zukowski

Position #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience

This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques, including electrophysiological brain recordings (training provided). The person will also contribute to Maryland's Language Science program ( Previous experience in (psycho)linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension.

Contact: Dr. Colin Phillips

Application Requirements

Applicants may request to be considered for all three positions, or any subset. Applicants for any of the positions should submit a cover letter outlining relevant background and interests, including potential faculty mentors (having multiple mentors is both possible and fruitful for the Baggett Fellowships), a current CV, and names and contact information for 3 potential referees. Reference letters are not needed as part of the initial application. Applicants should also send a writing sample. All application materials should be submitted electronically to the following recipients:

Positions #1-#2 - Andrea Zukowski; Put 'Baggett Fellowship' in the subject line.

Position #3 - Colin Phillips; Put 'Research Assistantship' in the subject line.

The Department of Linguistics has shared facilities for testing of infants, children and adults, eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility, as part of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. The department is part of a vibrant language science community under the umbrella of the Maryland Language Science Center ( that numbers 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate students across 17 academic units. The Language Science Center coordinates many interdisciplinary projects, including a research field station in Guatemala, and partnerships with school districts and various (inter)national organizations.

Added 4/18/2018

Psychology Research Assistant - Albert Einstein College of Medicine


  • Enroll and administer informed consents
  • Develop population lists for recruitment, conduct telephone recruitments and follow-up interviews, and do study mailing.
  • Conduct patient interviews, cognitive tests, mobility assessments, quantitative gait measurements, and backup quality control of all activities
  • Concurrently monitor multiple older adults during computer-based cognitive remediation/health-control interventions
  • Maintain computer databases of study data
  • Enter data into paper and computerized forms, review forms for completeness and accuracy
  • Perform other related duties, such as studies, surveys or assessments as requested by investigator


  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Coursework in Psychology preferred

Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent organizational, oral, written and analytical communications skills; strong database management and clear understanding of clinical and research databases
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills required
  • Strong telephone interviewing skills
  • Strong project management skills are highly preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Windows
  • Proficiency in statistical software preferred.

Scope of Responsibility: The Psychology Assistant will perform neuropsychological testing, collect data, interact with many faculty involved in this research as well as many subjects enrolled in this study.

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Einstein seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence, and the communities we serve.

To apply:

Added 3/28/2018

Clinical Neuroscience Research Assistant positions open at UC Davis TCAN Lab

The Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory (PI: Dr. Cameron Carter), is recruiting for three to four Junior Specialist (research assistant) positions at the UC Davis Medical Center, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018 or earlier. Our research focuses primarily on studying the neural mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in psychotic illness with additional interests in neuroimmune models of psychosis and mental health services research. Our three positions are described in brief below and applicants are encouraged to apply to one or more of the positions depending on interest level and qualifications. You can only be considered for the positions for which you apply, so please read the detailed descriptions available via each link. Positions have a one year appointment with an additional year based on performance, and we strongly consider applicants who are able to consider a two year commitment. Deadline for application review is March 30, 2018.

Applications can only be accepted via the UC Davis Recruit website. For any additional questions about the positions, please contact Erika Steinbauer (

Early Psychosis Study Coordinator:

This position is to serve as the study coordinator for the Understanding Early Psychosis project at UC Davis Medical Center, which involves training in clinical assessment, study management, and behavioral testing. The goal of the study is to use cognitive neuroscience tools, such as fMRI and EEG, to better understand cognitive deficits in individuals with psychotic disorders. Additionally, the laboratory is engaged in several new projects that focus on using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and the incumbent would have the opportunity to provide valuable input to the design and implementation of these studies at this early stage, gain exposure to development of ideas for grant proposals, and collect ongoing data for the projects over the next two years. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab the incumbent may have the opportunity to contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts.

Early Psychosis Technical Specialist:

This position is to serve as a technically-oriented junior specialist for the Understanding Early Psychosis study at the UC Davis Medical Center. The incumbent will become proficient in operating all MRI and EEG hardware at the Imaging Research Center and will be responsible for collecting, organizing, and analyzing neuroimaging data (including diffusion MRI, fMRI, EEG/ERP, and PET). Additionally, the laboratory is starting several new pilot projects focused on using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and the incumbent would have the opportunity to provide valuable input to the design and implementation of these studies at this early stage, gain exposure to development of ideas for grant proposals, and collect ongoing data for the projects over the next two years. Furthermore, the incumbent may have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research project by proposing alternative analysis strategies, generate novel projects with existing data, and review literature for manuscript preparation.

Duration of Untreated Psychosis Specialist:

This position is to serve as a junior specialist for the Duration of Untreated Psychosis study at the UC Davis Medical Center. This study tests the effectiveness of using electronic screening and telemedicine approaches to rapidly identify and treat individuals who present with psychosis to a variety of community sites (e.g., schools, emergency rooms, behavioral health clinics). The incumbent will be trained in diagnostic interviews, learn consenting procedures, manage IRB protocols, and work with community partners. The current study will be entering a new piloting phase starting Summer 2018, which will allow the incumbent to meaningfully contribute to Phase 2 study design and revisions. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab, the incumbent may have the opportunity assist in study design and analysis as well as writing and review of relevant manuscripts.

Added 3/28/2018

Laboratory Coordinator in Purdue Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition Lab

The Purdue University Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition (LLAMA) lab is hiring a full-time lab manager to start in Summer 2018. The lab manager will work closely with Dr. Borovsky on a number of projects that explore how young children learn words and process language.

Position summary: This successful candidate will have an opportunity to make scientific and technical contributions at the ground level of several projects in a recently built language development laboratory, and will participate in all aspects of the research process. The position will be based in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Department at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. The position involves occasional duties outside of the laboratory (approx. once per month), which may include travel to our recently-opened community laboratory in Indianapolis, and participation in community recruitment and outreach activities.

Training potential: Dr. Borovsky is deeply committed to the further development of the candidate’s research skills and potential, and prior laboratory managers in her lab have an excellent track record of gaining entry into graduate programs. The successful candidate will meet regularly with Dr. Borovsky to discuss career objectives, and will be encouraged to enhance their training by participating in the broader scholarly community and other professional development activities. The research assistant will join a collegial community of researchers who study language development and disorders, and will have the opportunity to interact with other graduate students, research associates, speech-language pathologists, as well as Dr. Laurence Leonard, Dr. Amanda Seidl, and Dr. Françoise Brosseau-Lapré, among others.

Essential requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in communication disorders, cognitive science, psychology, linguistics or affiliated field
  • A demonstrated interest in language development research
  • Prior experience working with families and children
  • Meticulous attention to detail, well-organized, and ability to work independently and in a team
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to organize priorities among multiple tasks
  • Strong technical trouble-shooting skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly

Other desired skills:

  • Experience with eye-tracking and/or ERP methods
  • Scripting / programming experience (ideally in R / Matlab / Python or similar
  • Ability to create and edit multiple audio, video and image file formats
  • Experience with statistical analysis

Duties include:

  • Testing young children in multiple experimental methods, including eye tracking and ERP
  • Training and managing a team of undergraduate research assistants
  • Managing participant recruitment, engagement and retention for families at Purdue and Indianapolis
  • Coordination of laboratory testing sessions and resources
  • Maintaining equipment, lab space, databases, and participant records
  • Data management and analysis
  • Preparing audio and visual stimuli for experiments
  • Assisting in dissemination of research findings to scientific and lay audiences
  • Assistance in IRB management

Address specific inquires to Dr. Arielle Borovsky directly: and applications should be submitted online

Added 3/28/2018

Lab Manager, Communication and Learning Lab at U Chicago

The Communication and Learning Lab, directed by Dr. Daniel Yurovsky at the University of Chicago, seeks a full-time lab manager beginning July 2018. The lab manager will work closely with the PI and other researchers in the lab on empirical and computational analyses investigating how children and their parents co-construct early language learning. The lab manager will have opportunities for scientific involvement in conference presentations and journal articles.

Required qualifications:

  • a bachelor's degree (psychology, cognitive science, or a related discipline preferred)
  • one or more years of research experience (experience with children or infants preferred)

Preferred qualifications:

  • excellent organizational and communication skills
  • proficient programming skills, ideally in R, Python, or MATLAB
  • experience with web design in JavaScript/HTML/CSS
  • working knowledge of image and/or video design and editing (e.g. in Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut)

Apply online

Added 3/28/2018

Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies seeking Research Assistant in Language Development

Job Description: Professor Jesse Snedeker is seeking an energetic and intellectually-engaged research assistant for studies of language comprehension in typically-developing children and adults at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies.

This is a two-year, full-time, limited-term position with the possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin immediately for a flexible start date between June 20th and July 6th 2018.

Responsibilities include: preparing stimuli, contacting families, testing children and adults, coding data, assisting with data analysis, training undergraduate assistants, managing a summer internship program, maintaining equipment, coordinating the use of space, organizing meetings, and assisting with grant management.

Necessary qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology, linguistics or cognitive science
  • Availability for flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends, to facilitate data collection
  • A strong interest in the psychology of language, language acquisition, and conceptual development
  • Prior experience working with young children
  • Comfortable with technical trouble shooting
  • Well-organized, attentive to detail, calm under pressure, and comfortable juggling half a dozen things at once

Skills that would be put to good use include:

  • Experience with eye tracking
  • Experience with EEG
  • Experience with R, Matlab and Eprime
  • Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
  • Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
  • A sense of humor

Our lab is embedded in larger communities both within Harvard and in the wider Boston area, which offer rich resources for students interested in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics and linguistics. Research assistants are encouraged to make use of these resources. Folks who have held this position in the past have gone to graduate programs in psychology, linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and clinical linguistics.

Potential applicants should email a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best). Please feel free to write with questions as well.

Added 3/5/2018

Lab Manager Position - University of Pennsylvania

The research labs of Dr. John Trueswell and Dr. Lila Gleitman are hiring a full-time research assistant (i.e., lab manager/coordinator) to help conduct language processing studies with children and adults. In many of these studies we will be recording the eye movements of participants as they respond to spoken instructions. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with postdocs, graduate students, research assistants, and will have plenty of opportunities for scientific involvement in all aspects of research projects in the lab including journal articles and conference presentations. Thus, this position is an excellent stepping stone for someone planning to go to graduate school in psycholinguistics - individuals previously employed in this position are now star graduate students, postdocs and even professors within psychology and linguistics.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Assisting lab members and the PIs in the running of experiments
  • Designing, running and analyzing experiments with infants, children, and adults
  • Developing experimental materials, and data management/analysis.
  • Recruiting participants
  • Coordinating and training undergraduate research assistants
  • Assisting in planning lab events and meetings
  • Additional duties include management of human subject information, assisting in the reporting of information to funding institutions and Penn's Institutional Review Board (IRB), and lab scheduling.

Essential qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, or Cognitive Science
  • 0-1 year of research experience, preferably with children or infants (an equivalent combination of education and experience can be considered).
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (especially with young children and families).
  • Be detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently
  • Experience is required in Microsoft Excel and statistical analysis software (preferably R, SPSS and/or MatLab).
  • Be able to jump from low- to high-level amount of work smoothly and work under pressure when deadlines are approaching

Preferred qualifications:

  • Prior experience in psychology research and/or computational modeling.
  • Proficient programming skills, ideally in Python, R and Matlab.
  • Flexible work availability (including evenings and weekends) is desirable.

The position can begin as early as March of 2018 -- but we will also consider later start dates, as late as May or June of 2018.

To Apply: Please visit . Please include a resume and at least two reference contacts (email and phone) with your application.

Note that although the posting may say that the position end date is one year from hire, this is not correct. The position may last up to two or three years, contingent on funding.

Please apply as soon as possible because we will begin reviewing applications immediately. Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience. Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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