LINGUIST List 24.2633

Fri Jun 28 2013

Jobs: English; Spanish; Applied Ling; Lang Acq; Psycholing; Syntax: Researcher, Smith College

Editor for this issue: Caylen Cole-Hazel <>

Date: 28-Jun-2013
From: Athulya Aravind <>
Subject: English; Spanish; Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Syntax: Researcher, Smith College, Massachusetts, USA
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University or Organization: Smith College Department: Psychology Job Location: Massachusetts, USA Web Address:
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Syntax

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            Spanish (spa)

Position Summary:Prepare testing materials and conduct experiments on language acquisition in children in the refinement of a novel assessment test for 3-5 year olds in English and Spanish. Responsible for assisting in stimulus design, recruiting children and schools in accord with appropriate human subjects procedures, communicating with parents and teachers, and traveling to test in nursery schools, Head Starts, and day care centers. Maintain and manage records and consent forms and ensure data is accurately recorded and secured. Responsible for making contacts with likely testing sites in schools and daycares in a wide radius of Northampton, establishing and maintaining contacts and correspondence with principals, teachers and parents. Research involves coordination of four different sites: University of Delaware, Temple University, Laureate Learning systems in Burlington VT, and Smith College, requiring regular communication.


Data Collection: Conduct studies at Smith College and other area preschools possibly within a 50 mile radius. Negotiate testing times with the schools as well as testing children.

Data Management: Transcribe and code videotapes of children. Enter data into Excel and Filemaker Pro databases, conduct statistical tests using SPSS software, and create summaries of data sets in graphic and table form. Correspond and share data across research sites, set up conference calls, prepare talks and posters.

Laboratory Management: Manage the IRB status of experimental studies, supervise and coordinate undergraduate research assistants. Organize, store, and maintain testing materials, videotapes, supplies and equipment (e.g., laptops).

Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Education or Linguistics, with training in language acquisition and developmental psychology in particular, rigorous experimental design training and statistics, and hands-on experience with preschool children.

Skills:Strong organizational, managerial and interpersonal skills needed. Knowledge of Spanish is an important asset. Must hold a valid driver’s license, have own transportation and be willing to travel to preschool sites.

This is a grant-funded, limited-term position with the possibility of renewal. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Athulya Aravind Email:

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