University or Organization: Hunter College Department: Psychology

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Type of Work: Transcription Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition Duration: 01-Mar-2009 to 01-Jan-2001 Compensation: Paid $16-$23 Internship Location: New York, New York, USA Minimum Education Level: BA Special Qualifications: - BA preferred but college students will be considered - Preferred languages in addition to native-like fluency in English: Spanish, Chinese, Japanese - Preferred major: psychology, cognitive science, or linguistics - Preferred coursework: cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, statistics, developmental psychology, basic syntax, cognitive science, language acquisition - Preferred research experience: previous laboratory research, if possible including transcribing speech; work with two-year-olds - Preferred computer skills: basic word-processing skills, database management, graph and slide presentation, modeling, website maintenance; ability to program in E-prime or similar experimental design packages - Preferred statistical skills: knowledge of computer packages such as SPSS - Preferred other skills: videotaping and incorporation of videos into slides and other formats Salary: $16-$23 per hour, depending on experience, background, and skills Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. To apply, please visit the application website provided below, and click on "Apply Now". Please fill out the Contact Information and any other information you wish to disclose. Do not upload a résumé and cover letter. Instead, please submit by e-mail, in a single message: - a cover letter, which summarizes your specific qualifications for this position - a résumé or curriculum vitae - a transcript (unofficial is acceptable) - a summary list of relevant courses and grade in each - a description of your background in a language other than English language - a description of previous work with young children - a description of computer skills and research experience - SAT or GRE scores (unofficial is acceptable) - names of two faculty who have agreed to send a letter of recommendation that will address your research skills or promise; ask those faculty to e-mail their letters Send applications materials to: Description: Research Assistant positions are available in the Language Acquisition Research Center (LARC). LARC investigates first and second language acquisition in young children and adults, as well as artificial language learning, computer modeling of acquisition, and language use. We use a wide variety of techniques and materials to answer basic questions about syntactic competence and performance. For more information about LARC, see our website. Funding is anticipated through June 2010. Both part-time and full-time positions are available. Bilingual or multilingual applicants, one of whose languages is Spanish, Chinese, or Japanese are particularly encouraged to apply to work on a study with bilingual children and adults. The positions are open until filled, starting 1 March 2009. Applications will not be considered or acknowledged if they lack a cover letter that specifically addresses the preferred qualifications as well as the other items listed at the end of this description. Generic cover letters will result in immediate elimination of an application. Assistants on the projects at LARC: - Record, transcribe, and analyze child and adult learners' spontaneous speech - Develop materials for use in production and comprehension tasks - Perform studies with child and adult participants - Analyze spontaneous speech data and experimental data - Recruit child and adult participants - Supervise students and interns working on the projects - Keep the laboratory running smoothly LARC work involves constant contact with children, parents and other caregivers, adolescent and adult participants, daycare and nursery school workers, and instructors of adults learning English as a second language. It also requires the coordination of many different activities. Assistants' patience, courtesy, reliability, and maturity are thus important. Assistants must work well with children, adolescents, and adults; understand and accommodate the concerns and needs of children and caregivers; respect individuals from a range of different backgrounds; and be highly organized, reliable, and punctual. Application Deadline: Open until filled. Web Address for Applications: Contact Information: Lucia Pozzan Email: Phone: 212-772-5557