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LINGUIST List 22.4111

Thu Oct 20 2011

Jobs: Language Acquisition: Faculty Research Assistant, U of Maryland

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        1.     Holly Nalley , Language Acquisition: Faculty Research Assistant, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA


Message 1: Language Acquisition: Faculty Research Assistant, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
Date: 20-Oct-2011
From: Holly Nalley <hnalleycasl.umd.edu>
Subject: Language Acquisition: Faculty Research Assistant, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
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University or Organization: University of Maryland
Department: Center for Advanced Study of Language
Job Location: Maryland, USA
Web Address: http://www.casl.umd.edu
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition


Description:

* This position has been filled.

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) to join the CASL Aptitude for
High-Level Language research team. The research team investigates second
language acquisition, focusing in particular on: predicting success in
achieving high-level or near-native proficiency, identifying the cognitive and
perceptual abilities relevant to high-level language skills, and tailoring
language training to match learners' aptitude profiles.

Duties: The FRA will work with the research team on all aspects of a
research project designed to predict the likelihood of developing near-native
proficiency in a foreign language. The FRA will assist with participant
recruitment, scheduling, and testing as part of an on-going validation study.
Duties will include both administrative and research tasks. Administrative
tasks include organizing meetings, taking minutes, coordinating schedules,
as well as assisting in the preparation of status reports, briefings, and
technical reports. Research activities will include, but are not limited to,
working with the research team to develop testing protocols, writing IRB
applications, piloting and validating assessments, managing the team library,
meeting with government and military personnel, technical editing, as well as
data collection, organization, and analysis. *Travel is required.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required in a research field involving human
participants such as Psychology, Sociology, Cognitive Science, Statistics, or
Program Evaluation. Master's degree preferred with a concentration in
Second Language Acquisition, Language Assessment, Psychology, or
Linguistics. Expertise in Microsoft Office is required. Experience with, or
willingness to learn, R and LaTeX is a plus. Previous research experience
assessing cognitive and/or linguistic knowledge, with knowledge of statistical
analysis, is desirable. Candidates must be willing to be trained to perform all
requisite duties of the position and demonstrate an ability to work in a fast-
paced, interdisciplinary and intercultural environment. Candidates must hold
U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the appropriate security clearance.

CASL, established in 2003, is the nation's 10th university-affiliated research
center. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science research that results in
improved performance on language tasks relevant to the work of government
language professionals. Our research focuses on improving knowledge of
less commonly taught languages; enhancing the acquisition and maintenance
of foreign language capability by government professionals; advancing the
capacity to use foreign language skills in government professions; and
improving the quality of human language technology.

Application: For earliest consideration, please apply online at the application
web address listed below. You will need to create an account and submit a cover
letter, resume, list of references containing the contact information for three
professional referees, and up to three writing samples.

The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity
employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications: http://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55665
Contact Information:
Holly Nalley
Email: hnalleycasl.umd.edu

* This position has been filled.



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