LINGUIST List 29.1531

Mon Apr 09 2018

Jobs: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: Manager, Penn State Center for Language Science

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 09-Apr-2018
From: Frances Blanchette <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: Manager, Penn State Center for Language Science, Pennsylvania, USA
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University or Organization: Penn State Center for Language Science
Job Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Job Title: Lab Manager/Research Assistant

Job Rank: Manager

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics


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 methods (EEG/ERP), and fMRI. Responsibilities for this position include assisting with CLS faculty research, managing the laboratory operations (including equipment maintenance and participant scheduling), and providing support for weekly meetings and other CLS events. Skills and experience with some programs such as ELAN, E-prime, Ibex Farm, MATLAB, Praat, Python, and R is desirable. Training and experience with at least one technical method (e.g. eye tracking, EEG/ERP, acoustic analysis in Praat) is required, and knowledge of statistics is also desirable. Additional training will be provided for technical methods, and also for the conduct of research with human participants. 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. Knowledge of and experience working with languages other than English is also desirable but not required.

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. 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 submit a cover letter, a CV, and a listing of three names of references. The cover letter should include information about how the candidate’s research interests align with the research being conducted at the CLS. For more information on CLS faculty projects, visit and click on the Research tab. Review of applications will begin on April 27. Questions about the position can be sent to Dr. Frances Blanchette ( The appointment start date will be no later than September 1, 2018. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire, with possibility of re-funding. Apply online at the application link 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: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Frances Blanchette
Phone: 8148637392

Page Updated: 09-Apr-2018