Laboratory Coordinator in Purdue Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition Lab

The Purdue University Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition (LLAMA) lab is hiring a full-time lab manager to start in Summer 2018.  The lab manager will work closely with Dr. Borovsky on a number of projects that explore how young children learn words and process language.


Position summary:

This successful candidate will have an opportunity to make scientific and technical contributions at the ground level of several projects in a recently built language development laboratory, and will participate in all aspects of the research process.  The position will be based in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Department at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. The position involves occasional duties outside of the laboratory (approx. once per month), which may include travel to our recently-opened community laboratory in Indianapolis, and participation in community recruitment and outreach activities.


Training potential:

Dr. Borovsky is deeply committed to the further development of the candidate’s research skills and potential, and prior laboratory managers and students in her lab have an excellent track record of gaining entry into graduate programs. The successful candidate will meet regularly with Dr. Borovsky to discuss career objectives, and will be encouraged to enhance their training by participating in the broader scholarly community and other professional development activities.  The research assistant will join a collegial community of researchers who study language development and disorders, and will have the opportunity to interact with other graduate students, research associates, speech-language pathologists, as well as Dr. Laurence Leonard, Dr. Amanda Seidl, and Dr. Françoise Brosseau-Lapré, among others.

Essential requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in communication disorders, cognitive science, psychology, linguistics or affiliated field
  • A demonstrated interest in language development research
  • Prior experience working with families and children
  • Meticulous attention to detail, well-organized, and ability to work independently and in a team
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to organize priorities among multiple tasks
  • Strong technical trouble-shooting skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly

Other desired skills:

  • Experience with eye-tracking and/or ERP methods
  • Scripting / programming experience (ideally in R / Matlab / Python or similar)
  • Ability to create and edit multiple audio, video and image file formats
  • Experience with statistical analysis

Duties include:

  • Testing young children in multiple experimental methods, including eye tracking and ERP
  • Training and managing a team of undergraduate research assistants
  • Managing participant recruitment, engagement and retention for families at Purdue and Indianapolis
  • Coordination of laboratory testing sessions and resources
  • Maintaining equipment, lab space, databases, and participant records
  • Data management and analysis
  • Preparing audio and visual stimuli for experiments
  • Assisting in dissemination of research findings to scientific and lay audiences
  • Assistance in IRB management

Address specific inquires to Dr. Arielle Borovsky directly:

and applications should be submitted online at: