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LINGUIST List 25.1692

Thu Apr 10 2014

Jobs: Language Acquisition; Advanced Statistical Analysis and Programming: Researcher, University of Maryland

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <alamontlinguistlist.org>

Date: 10-Apr-2014
From: Holly Nalley <hnalleycasl.umd.edu>
Subject: Language Acquisition; Advanced Statistical Analysis and Programming: Researcher, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
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University or Organization: University of Maryland
Department: Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
Job Location: Maryland, USA
Web Address: http://www.casl.umd.edu
Job Title: Faculty Research Assistant - Aptitude Research Teams

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Advanced Statistical Analysis and Programming


Description:

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) to join its foreign language aptitude research teams. These research teams investigate 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, predicting aptitude for specific languages or linguistic features, and tailoring language training to match learners’ aptitude profiles.

Duties: The FRA will work with one or more research teams on all aspects of a research project on foreign language aptitude. Duties will include both administrative and research tasks. Administrative activities will include some subset of the following (depending on the specific project): participant recruitment, scheduling, and testing as part of an on-going validation study; organizing meetings, taking minutes, and coordinating schedules; and assisting in the preparation of status reports, briefings, and technical reports. Research activities will include, but are not limited to, data collection, data analysis, working with a research team to develop testing protocols, writing IRB applications, piloting and validating assessments, technical writing, and copyediting. The position will also include opportunities for training in skills such as programming and advanced statistical analysis. Travel may be required.

Qualifications: Master’s Degree required in Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Computational Linguistics, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, or a related field. Previous experience with one or more of the following is highly preferred: R, SPSS, Python, or LaTeX. Previous research experience assessing cognitive and/or linguistic knowledge, and advanced statistical analysis, are 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 one of 14 university-affiliated research centers in the nation. 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. For more information, please visit the department URL above.

Compensation for this position is competitive commensurate with experience and education, plus fantastic benefits (e.g., healthcare, excellent retirement plans, 22 days for annual leave, 3 personal days, and 14 scheduled holiday leave days per University schedule). The position will be for a one-year renewable contract contingent upon funding.

Application: For best consideration please apply online by April 19, 2014 at the application website 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.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications: http://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/25265
Contact Information:
HR Coordinator Holly Nalley
Email: hnalleycasl.umd.edu

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