Lab Manager/Research Assistant at Penn State’s Center for Language Science

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 a wide variety of CLS research projects, managing the laboratory
operations (including equipment maintenance and participant scheduling),
and providing support for weekly meetings and other CLS events. Knowledge
of E-prime, SPSS, and MATLAB is desirable, as is experience with eye
tracking and EEG/ERP methods. Training and experience with at least one
technical method (eye tracking, EEG/ERP, speech analysis in Praat, etc.) is
required. 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 include in their submitted materials a listing of three names of
references. Questions about the position can be sent to Dr. Frances
Blanchette (fkb1 at The appointment date will be no later than
1st, 2017. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the
date of hire with possibility of re-funding. Apply online at

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