UCLA Lab Manager/Research Assistant Position

The Language Processing Lab at UCLA is seeking a full-time post-baccalaureate lab manager / research assistant to start September 1st, 2016, under the direction of Assistant Professor Jesse Harris.

Application deadline:  Submit by April 7th for fullest consideration.
Start date: September 1, 2016.

The job posting can be found here.

Duties will involve managing ongoing projects on sentence processing and language comprehension in the lab, including stimulus preparing and norming, subject recruitment and running, training undergraduate RAs, and developing lab protocols. The term of appointment is initially one year with the possibility of extension, the length of which depends on funding.

The lab employs various methodologies, including large-scale online experiments, corpus development and annotation, timed behavioral judgment tasks, listening comprehension, language production, and eye tracking experiments, and has access to an EEG recording system. The successful participant will have acquired a degree in Linguistics, Psychology, Computer Science, or a related field, prior to appointment. Candidates should ideally have relevant experience running subjects and collecting data in one or more of the above methods, although the primary consideration will be on a willingness to learn methods and the ability to successfully organize the daily life of an active lab. Other desirable qualities include a background in basic programming (R, Python, Matlab, etc.), statistics, independent motivation, excellent people skills, and a deep curiosity for language and the mind.

To apply for the position, follow this link to the UC Career Opportunities Page: hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=67689

There, applicants can submit a cover letter describing their research interests, experience, and qualifications, as well as a current resume and two references (name and email) who have worked closely with the applicant on related research. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and will be competitive for the Los Angeles area.

The position is open until filled, although candidates will be considered as soon as materials are received. Candidate are strongly encouraged to submit by April 7th for fullest consideration. Please contact Jesse Harris  (jharris@humnet.ucla.edu) with any questions regarding the position.

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University of Maryland Hiring Four Full-time Positions

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

Starting date for all positions is Summer/Fall 2016. 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 1st, 2016. 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 2016-2017. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. 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

Position #4: Research Assistant in Syntax and Morphology 
This person will be involved in all aspects of syntactic analysis of several languages, some of which are new to the study of linguistics, using methods of morpho-syntactic analysis and corpus construction (training provided). The person will also assist in bibliographical research and website construction.The person will also contribute to Maryland’s Language Science program. Previous experience in linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension. Contact: Dr. Maria Polinsky

Application Requirements
Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions, or any subset. Applicants for any of these positions should submit a cover letter outlining relevant background and interests, including  potential faculty mentors, if applying for the Baggett Fellowships (multiple mentors are both possible and fruitful), 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; zukowski@umd.edu. Put ‘Baggett Fellowship’ in the subject line.

Position #3 – Colin Phillips; colin@umd.edu. Put ‘Research Assistantship’ in the subject line.

Position #4 – Maria Polinsky; mpolinsk@gmail.com. Put ‘Research Assistantship’ in the subject line.

The Department of Linguistics has shared facilities for testing of infants, children and adults, 2 eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility. The department is part of a vibrant language science community that numbers 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate students across 17 departments and centers spanning 6 colleges, and is affiliated with the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and the Maryland Neuroimaging Center.

The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 1st, 2016. However, review of applications will begin immediately.

More details about these positions.

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Competitive Scholarships and Awards Info Sessions

If you are interested in applying for competitive scholarships and awards, take advantage of these upcoming information sessions. Michelle Johnson, Fellowships Advisor, is with the Center for Life Beyond Reed and her office is located in Prexy. She is a great resource if you have any questions about fellowships.




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St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture


Experience SBU’s Russian Cultural Studies Program with Internship in St. Petersburg – Russia’s cultural center since its creation by Peter the Great in the early 18th Century. This program, founded by SBU Professor of Linguistics John Bailyn, is housed at St. Petersburg State University, Russia’s oldest university. The Explore St. Petersburg! program features an extensive cultural program and students become familiar with the city through excursions, films, lectures, and other events. Participants attend courses in cultural and media studies at an international summer school where they interact with students from throughout Russia and Europe. Participants will additionally complete an internship where they will participate in volunteer activities or assist Russian students in conversational English practice. Students on this program earn 3 to 9 credits; they can fulfill general education as well as some upper-division and major/minor requirements.

Program Highlights:

  • Program Dates: July 9-August 7, 2016
  • Extensive, interactive cultural program
  • Dedicated “Russia Today” course
  • Internship
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum designed to accommodate a wide range of academic needs and interests
  • Study and live with students from overseas who are also participating in the international summer school

Further details are available on the Stony Brook summer study abroad page.

Application deadline is March 15, 2016!
*Late applications possible (until April 1) if space remains*

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Q and A – SEEDS alum Dean Schmeltz ’14

Ever wonder about life after Reed? We chatted with former linguistics major and SEEDS Intern, Dean Schmeltz ‘14. For SEEDS Dean coordinated an on-campus tutoring program in partnership with the nonprofit Friends of the Children. After graduation he served for a year as an AmeriCorps member with Blue Engine in New York City. He now works at Portland nonprofit SCRAP as their Volunteer Coordinator, a job he found via Mac’s List. He also provides support to a retiree with memory difficulties, an opportunity he found via Reed’s Switchboard.

Reed the full article on the SEEDS blog.

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Intern with PanLex in Berkeley!

PanLex is making translations among all words in all human languages—and dialects—publicly available. Do a Google search for kvg ituake and you’ll see one slice of PanLex. It was designed at the University of Washington and is now, together with The Rosetta Project, based at The Long Now Foundation. We work at offices in Berkeley, California, a block from the UC campus.

We need help in pursuing our mission. Over a billion translated word pairs (30 billion if you count translations through another language) can now be retrieved from PanLex, but that’s only a start. We invite you to volunteer in this effort.

As a PanLex 02016 summer intern, you can contribute to our work. You will be supporting research on language and meaning, while helping equip thousands of languages for machine translation, information retrieval, and global communication.

What’s in it for you? Rare experience doing panlingual (more than merely multilingual) documentation and engineering. Training pertinent to language, software, internationalization, and documentation careers, both academic and industrial. Skills and tools shared by our team of experts. With their guidance, you’ll learn how to enrich a gargantuan open-source database of lexical translations. Your name will be on the data that you add. And, while you’re with us, The Long Now Foundation will invite you to attend its San Francisco seminars. PanLex intern alumni have gone on to careers at Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Evernote, Trulia, Base CRM, Market News International, Park IP Translations, Quorate Technology, Smart Information Flow Technologies, Stanford University, and other organizations. We are not offering stipends, salaries, or financial support for travel or housing, but will cooperate if you seek financial aid or academic credit for this internship.

More information can be found here on the PanLex webpage.

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Linguistics Visiting Professor: Job Talks and Lunch with Students

Dear Linguistics students,

As many of you know, I will be on sabbatical next year, and Reed is hiring a one-year visiting faculty member to replace me while I’m gone. Next week and the week after, the three finalists for the visiting position will be on campus. Below are the names of the candidates, and the dates when they will be on campus.

Since student input is a vital part of the search process, I would like to invite all of you to attend these lunches and talks so that you can get to know the candidates and share your feedback on them with the search committee.

Please make a note of these dates and times:

Thursday, March 3  —  Brooke Larson  (PhD, University of Maryland)
12:00 p.m. – Lunch with students at a table in Commons
4:30 p.m. in ETC 208 – Job talk: “Coordinated Wh-Questions and the Limits of Syntax”,

Friday, March 4  —  Katy McKinney-Bock  (PhD, University of Southern California)
12:00 p.m. – Lunch with students at a table in Commons
4:30 p.m. in ETC 208 – Job talk: TBA

Tuesday, March 8  —  Canceled.

If you wish to participate, please do the following:

(1)  If you would like to attend one or more of the lunches, please contact Jolie Griffin <griffinjo@reed.edu> to RSVP. Jolie will reserve a Commons lunch ticket for you. Ideally we would like students to attend all three lunches, but if you are only available for one or two of them, that’s fine: we would still like you to attend so you can meet as many of the candidates as possible.

(2)  Reserve the 4:30-6:00 time slot to come and hear the candidates’ job talks.

Many thanks!


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Spring Ling Circle

Reed linguists,

Our next Ling Circle meeting will be this Thursday, February 25, 6-7pm, in Eliot 126. Sarah will be talking about her thesis project. We will also have a sign-up available for other students who are interested in leading a discussion later this spring! We’ll also brainstorm possibilities for discussion topics, and see what general interests are represented in the group. Cookies will be provided.

Also, the preliminary schedule for the semester is up on my website: http://people.reed.edu/~mckinnek/Reed_Ling_Circle.html

If you’d like to sign up for an open date, please send me an email (mckinnek@reed.edu) with your name, email and topic (or topic TBD – you can decide later. We are an informal group!). Seniors: we’d love to showcase your projects this semester, and hear what you’ve been working on!

Katy McKinney-Bock

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GLEEFUL – New Deadline: Feb 15th

*Updated deadline: February 15th, 2016*

The q Undergraduate Association for Linguistics at Michigan State University (qUALMS) is pleased to announce the sixth Great Lakes Expo for Experimental and Formal Undergraduate Linguistics (GLEEFUL). GLEEFUL aims to bring together undergraduate linguists from across the continent to present high quality, original research to their peers in order to gain experience and a greater appreciation for the many ways to study linguistics and language-related fields.

Additionally, qUALMS is pleased to announce the continuation of our workshop series for GLEEFUL. These workshops are aimed at undergraduates looking to improve their research skill set by exposing them to current techniques and ways to approach linguistic problems. April 16-17, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. Keynote Speaker: Charles Yang, University of Pennsylvania Workshops I II Building a computational linguistics model Methods in testing with artificial languages Lisa Pearl Anne-Michelle Tessier University of California, Irvine University of Alberta.

More information is available on our conference website at: https://sites.google.com/site/gleeful2016/ We invite 1 page abstracts (500 words) for 10-15 minute presentations or posters from any area of linguistics. Abstract submission and registration will all be done electronically through our website and email.

Updated deadline: Monday February 15th, 2016 Abstracts will be reviewed, and participants will be notified a little over a week after the deadline. For further information, you can send an email to gleeful.2016@gmail.com, or check out the GLEEFUL website. Thank you! Kyle Latack President, qUALMS GLEEFUL is thankful for support from The Office of the Provost (Undergraduate Education), the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, the Cognitive Science Program, the Michigan State Honors College, and the College of Arts and Letters Alumni Association.

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Patient Coordinator Positions at Rice University, Psychology Department

The Schnur Lab (Director: Tatiana Schnur) and the T. L. L. Temple Foundation Neuroplasticity Lab (Director: Randi Martin) are seeking two motivated, organized, and resourceful individuals with a BA/BS to recruit and assess acute stroke patients in a hospital setting and to test healthy and impaired language speakers on the Rice University campus as part of a new research initiative funded by the NIH. These positions will train you to administer detailed behavioral examinations of language and memory to brain-damaged patients. Beyond recruiting and testing participants, the positions will also involve other facets of research including analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data and developing stimulus materials in a series of experiments using various research methodologies. Previous academic experience in a combination of linguistics, psychology, or speech, language, and hearing sciences, a completed B.A./B..S. degree, a strong academic background, and a two-year commitment for the full-time position are required. Previous research experience is highly desirable, though not required. Rice University is located in the heart of Houston, a 5-minute walk from the public train system, a 10-minute walk from the largest medical center in the world, and a 20-minute walk from many restaurants, bars, and retail shops.

Web: http://ttschnur.googlepages.com/http://rmartin.web.rice.edu/
Contact: Please send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to Jolie Anderson (ja31@rice.edu).
Questions: Tatiana Schnur (ttschnur@rice.edu) and Randi Martin (rmartin@rice.edu).

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