LINGUIST List 27.1735

Thu Apr 14 2016

Jobs: Applied Ling; Bilingualism; Cog Sci; General Ling; Lang Acquisition; Neuroling; Phonetics; Psycholing; Socioling; Text/Corpus Ling: Lab Manager/Research Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 13-Apr-2016
From: Frances Blanchette <>
Subject: Applied Ling; Bilingualism; Cog Sci; General Ling; Lang Acquisition; Neuroling; Phonetics; Psycholing; Socioling; Text/Corpus Ling: Lab Manager/Research Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA
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University or Organization: The Pennsylvania State University
Department: Center for Language Science
Job Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Lab Manager/Research Assistant

Job Rank: Lab Manager/Research Assistant; Manager; Other; Researcher

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Bilingualism


The Center for Language Science (CLS) at Penn State seeks candidates for the position of Lab Manager/Research Assistant. The CLS ( is an interdisciplinary group of linguists, psycholinguists, applied linguists, speech-language pathologists, speech scientists, and cognitive neuroscientists who share an interest in language acquisition and bilingualism. CLS researchers employ a variety of methods including behavioral measures, eye tracking, electrophysiological studies, and fMRI. Responsibilities for this position include assisting with a wide variety of CLS research projects, managing the laboratory operations (including equipment maintenance and participant scheduling), and providing support for weekly meetings and other CLS events. Knowledge of E-prime, SPSS, and MATLAB is desirable, as is experience with eye tracking and event related potential methods. Training will be provided for technical methods, and also for the conduct of research with human participants. All candidates should have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects, and a strong curiosity and interest in language science research and methods.

This position is ideal for someone who has completed undergraduate studies in a language science related field and wishes to gain additional laboratory experience before applying for graduate school. The position typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have had laboratory experience as an undergraduate, preferably with both behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods.

Interested applicants should include in their submitted materials a listing of three names of references. Questions about the position can also be sent to Dr. Frances Blanchette (email below). Although the start date is flexible, the appointment date will be no later than September 1, 2016. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. Apply online at the application website below.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Deadline: 31-Aug-2016 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Frances Blanchette

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