LINGUIST List 14.1807

Sat Jun 28 2003

Jobs: Lang Acquisition: Research Asst, Hunter College

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  1. little.linguist, Language Acquisition: Research Assistant, Hunter College

Message 1: Language Acquisition: Research Assistant, Hunter College

Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 14:24:54 +0000
From: little.linguist <>
Subject: Language Acquisition: Research Assistant, Hunter College

University or Organization: Hunter College
Department: Department of Psychology
Rank of Job: Research Assistant
Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition, 


Research Assistant Positions in Language and Cognition 
Available at Hunter College - CUNY
(1 full-time or 2 part-time)

One full-time (or two part-time) research assistant positions are
available beginning 17 June 2003. Assistants will work on the
Language Acquisition Research Project and the Cognition and Gender
Project. LARP investigates first and second language acquisition in
young children and adults, as well as artificial language learning,
concept learning, and language use. We use a wide variety of
techniques and materials to answer basic questions about syntactic
competence and performance. CGP investigates sex differences in
cognitive processes, including mathematics and mental rotation. A
minimum of one year is expected; funding is anticipated for four

Assistants on the project:
* Record, transcribe, and analyze learners' spontaneous speech
* Develop materials for use in production and comprehension tasks
* Perform experiments with child and adult participants
* Analyze spontaneous speech data and experimental data
* Recruit child and adult participants
* Supervise students and interns working on the projects
* Keep the laboratory running smoothly

The project involves constant contact with children, parents and other
caregivers, adolescent and adult participants; it also requires the
coordination of many different activities. Assistants' patience,
courtesy, and maturity are thus important. Assistants must work well
with children, adolescents, and adults; understand and accommodate the
concerns and needs of children and caregivers; and be highly
organized, reliable, and punctual.

* BA required
* Preferred major: linguistics, psychology, or cognitive science
* Preferred course background: linguistics, language acquisition,
 basic syntax, statistics, cognitive psychology, experimental
 psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive science
* Preferred research experience: previous laboratory research, if
 possible including transcribing speech; work with two-year-olds
* Preferred computer skills: basic word-processing skills, database
 management, graph and slide presentation
* Preferred statistical skills: knowledge of computer packages such as
Salary: Full-Time $25,000-$30,000; Part-Time 19 hours/week at $15-$20/hour 

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the
positions are filled. To apply, submit by e-mail:

- a cover letter which summarizes your qualifications; 
- a transcript (unofficial is acceptable); 
- a summary list of relevant courses; 
- a description of previous work with young children; 
- a description of computer skills and research experience; 
- SAT or GRE scores. 
- Ask two faculty for a letter of recommendation that will address
 your research skills or promise. Ask them to e-mail their letters.

Send applications to:

Address for Applications:

	Attn: Virginia Valian
	695 Park Avenue
	Hunter College Department of Psychology
	New York, NY 10021
	United States of America 
	Position is open until filled.

Contact Information:
	Virginia Valian
	Tel: (212)772-5557
	Fax: (212)650-3247
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