Research assistant for studies of language comprehension in typically-developing children and adults (Harvard University)

Date: 25-Feb-2019
From: Durgesh Rajandiran <>
Subject: Language Acquisition: Lab Manager/Research Assistant, Harvard Univeristy, Massachusetts, USA
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University or Organization: Harvard University
Department: Psychology
Job Location: Massachusetts, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Lab Manager/Research Assistant

Job Rank: Lab Manager/Research Assistant; Other

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition


Professor Jesse Snedeker is seeking an energetic and intellectually-engaged research assistant for studies of language comprehension in typically-developing children and adults at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies.

Review of applications will begin immediately for a flexible start date between July 5th and July 15th 2019.

Responsibilities include:
– Preparing stimuli,
– Contacting families,
– Testing children and adults,
– Coding data,
– Assisting with data analysis,
– Training undergraduate assistants,
– Managing a summer internship program,
– Maintaining equipment,
– Coordinating the use of space,
– Organizing meetings,
– Assisting with grant management, and
– Managing lab expenses.

Necessary qualifications:
– An undergraduate degree in psychology, linguistics or cognitive science
– Availability for flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends, to facilitate data collection
– A strong interest in the psychology of language, language acquisition, and conceptual development
– Prior experience working with young children
– Comfortable with technical trouble shooting
– Well-organized, attentive to detail, calm under pressure, and comfortable juggling half a dozen things at once

Skills that would be put to good use include:
– Experience with eye tracking
– Experience with EEG
– Experience with R, Matlab and Eprime
– Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
– Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
– A sense of humor

Our lab is embedded in larger communities both within Harvard and in the wider Boston area, which offer rich resources for students interested in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics and linguistics. Research assistants are encouraged to make use of these resources. Folks who have held this position in the past have gone to graduate programs in psychology, linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and clinical linguistics.

Potential applicants should email a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best) to the application email provided below. Please feel free to write with questions as well.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Durgesh Rajandiran
Phone: (617) 496-7175


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