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Fri Sep 5 2003

Jobs: Pragmatics: Researchers (2), National U/Ireland

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Message 1: Pragmatics: Researchers (2), National University of Ireland Maynooth

Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2003 10:16:54 +0000
From: jharper <jharpercs.may.ie>
Subject: Pragmatics: Researchers (2), National University of Ireland Maynooth



University or Organization: National University of Ireland Maynooth
Department: Computer Science
Rank of Job: Researchers (2)
Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Computational
		 Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics,
 Communication Disorders
Required Language(s): English (Code = ENG)


Description:

Research Assistant (1) Research Associate (1)

Currently clinical subjects are above the age of 12 with a mean age of
15 (the third level student cohort is still being assembled). An
understanding of clinical practice and a respect for confidentiality
are essential qualities.


Research Assistant:

Currently we am looking for a research assistant for two years to
research a pragmatics rating scale for high functioning autistic
adolescents and adults. These adults are often referred to as
exhibiting Asperger's Syndrome (AS). The research involves three
components: Firstly, video interviews of three groups of subjects.
(a) parents of those with AS, (b) those with AS and (c) age matched
normal teenagers.

The second component of the research involves analysing lexical phrase
frequencies and the usage of certain categories adjectives and adverbs
in normal and AS teenagers.

The third component involves prototyping a notation tool for
psychiatrists and language therapists dealing with AS clients. [For
linguistics graduates we can rejig this to suit up to a point].

The ideal candidate will have very good interpersonal skills, be
'psychologically minded', and have a keen interest in discourse
analysis especially as applied to casual conversation. At least an
M.Sc (M.A.)is required. Car ownership would be an advantage. Salary
is approx 26,000 Euros per annum. A probabtion period will apply.
The position would suit someone interested in research aspects of
psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.


Research Associate:

Initial contract is for one year though a two year project is
envisioned. This position is geared towards researchers with language
therapy interests. It complements the existing pragmatics rating
scale project and some overlap is expected.

The project is based around a series of fifty videos covering a
selection of communication themes. The videos have been made using
age matched actors and speech normalised for the adolescent/young
adult age groups.

The research associate will assist in developing an appropriate
curriculm and instructional model to teach pragmatics skills to
subjects with Asperger's syndrome.

The primary function of the research associate is to assist in the
development of a pragmatics training programme to be delivered partly
by computer and partly by home/school intervention. Computer
programming skills are not a prerequisite.

The ideal candidate will have very good interpersonal skills, be
'psychologically minded', and have a keen interest in discourse
analysis especially as applied to casual conversation. The candidate
must have practical speech and language therapy experience.
Expericence of working with clients in a therpaeutic setting is a
definitie advantage, and at least an M.Sc (M.A.)is required. Car
ownership would be an advantage. Salary is approx 45,000 Euros per
annum. A probabtion period will apply. The position would suit
someone interested in applied research in speech and language.


The position is funded by the HRB and involves Computer Science NUI
Maynooth, the Department of Psychiatry TCD and the Child and
Adolescent Family Centre in Drogheda.

Clinical coordinators: 

Professor Michael Fitzgerald, Department of Psychiatry, Trinity
College, Dublin 2. IRELAND

Dr Maria Lawlor, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Child
and Family Centre, St Mary's Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth
maria.lawlornehb.ie



Address for Applications:

	Attn: John Harpur (Computer Coordinator)
	Computer Science, Callan Building
	NUI Maynooth
	Maynooth, Co. Kildare
	Ireland 
 
	Applications are due by 20-Sep-2003


Contact Information:
	John Harpur
	Email: jharpercs.may.ie
	Tel: ++35317083850
	Fax: ++35317083848
	Website: http://www.cs.may.ie/~jharper

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