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 and the start date would be mid to late July 2016.

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
  • A strong interest in the psychology of language
  • 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 R, Matlab and Eprime
  • Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
  • Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
  • Experience administering standardized measures such as the SCQ, KBIT & CELF
  • A sense of humor
  • A fondness for event representation, pragmatics, semantics and prosody

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 choff@fas.harvard.edu a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best). No applications will be accepted after Friday, May 6th. Please feel free to write with questions as well.

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