Research Assistant II - Psychology, Dietrich College-2015537
The labs of Dr. Anna Fisher and Bonnie Nozari in psychology Department at Carengie Mellon University are jointly seeking a full-time Research Assistant (RA) to conduct research in the area of concept and language learning in pre-school and school age children. The selected candidate will work closely with the two PIs on research projects studying the factors that impact the learning of new concepts and words.
Responsibilities include participation in designing new studies, literature review, training and testing children, coding data, and analysis and presentation of the results. The selected candidate will have the unique opportunity to learn about both fields of concepts and language learning, rigorous experimental design, and various methods of statistical analysis. S/he will work in a vibrant environment with many opportunities for growth and learning, and will have access to exceptional resources such as the Children's School at CMU.
The position is ideal for an individual with serious interest in pursuing a research career in developmental psychology or a related field, who seeks full-time training and research experience before applying to graduate school. The duration of the position a 1 year fixed term position.
BA, MA or psychology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, or a related field.
3-5 years of research experience in a lab that conducts cognitive, developmental or linguistic experiments on human subjects.
Basic skills in collecting and organizing research data
Evident of interest in cognitive/linguistic/developmental work, such as courses related to these fields.
Some background in working with children younger than age 7 is highly desirable. Both teaching and research activities with children count as qualifications.
Experience with designing experiments in professional software such as Eprime or Psych Toolbox is desirable.
Speaking a scond language that is no commonly spoken or taught in American schools (e.g. French) is a plus.
Programming skills (E.g. MATLAB, Python, etc.) are a plus
Some knowledge of statistical analysis is preferred but not required
1. CV. The candidate's CV must include information about their field of study, graduation date, college GPA, list of the relevant courses (i.e., courses on cognition, linguistics, psycholinguistics, brain studies, statistical analysis, etc.), a brief summary of research activities in bullet points (e.g., PI's name, nature and duration of responsibilities in a cognitive or related lab), scientific publications (if any; include projects that are in preparation for publication), scientific presentations (include local presentations, e.g., Honors seminars), additional qualifications in bullet points (e.g., intermediate proficiency in French, knowledge of statistical analysis in R, etc.), and the name and contact information of 2-3 references. CVs that do not contain these pieces of information may not be reviewed.
2. A statement of purpose. A 1-2 page document stating (1) why this lab is of interest to the candidate, (2) what qualifications makes them a suitable candidate for this position, and (3) what their future career goals are.
3. Recommendation letters are not necessary at the time of application, but if an application is selected for further processing, the applicant must be ready to provide 2 letters of reference from academic supervisors/teachers.
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Job Function: Research
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Internal Number: 2015537
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Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.