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Research Assistant, Language Processing Lab, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

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Job ID: 14064

Updated: October 27, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI) and working in the Language Processing Lab and in the Speech Develoment Lab, this position provides research support in the areas of Language Processing and Language Development.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Contact and schedule child research participants using Child Participant Database
  • Schedule adult research participants through the Department of Psychology SONA system
  • Prepare experiments, using experiment presentation software when required
  • Conduct participant testing using behavioural tasks and standardized child assessments
  • Monitor participation in on-going studies and inform PI when target participant numbers achieved
  • Code response accuracy and response latency data from video or audio recordings
  • Collect, organize and enter data from research studies into SPSS database
  • Prepare and disseminate research results by running reports and presenting to PI

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Psychology or related field
  • Experience working in a lab conducting and disseminating research
  • Experience working with infants and children
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • High degree of computer literacy (e.g. Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, SPSS, and online research databases)
  • Knowledge of Habit and Supercoder is an assest
  • Ability to compile, draft and maintain collected data and reports
  • Excellent organizational skills; attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work in a team environment with research participants and lab associates
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to analyze and make recommendations and decisions
  • Ability to follow specific directions and research protocols

Application Deadline:  October 19, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Operational/Administrative Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

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