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TEMP-Lab/Research Support (Modern Languages)

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Job Title: TEMP-Lab/Research Support (Modern Languages)
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 242909
Job Summary

Provide support services in the operation and maintenance of an academic or research laboratory to include performing analyses; setup, operation, maintenance and cleaning of equipment; and maintaining stock of supplies. Specific duties will be determined based on assignment and unit needs. This position will interact on a consistent basis with: academic and/or research faculty members, staff and students This position typically will advise and counsel: lab users This position will supervise: NA

Job Summary The School of Modern Languages at the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks to fill a 10 week temporary, part-time staff position. The employee will be expected to work 20 hours per week.

Funded by an NSF grant in collaboration with Aaron Steven White and Scott Grimm from the University of Rochester, seeking an undergraduate research assistant. The project aims to gather annotations of text describing events for various inferences that a human draws from reading it, for example how long the event lasted, what changed as a result, what steps it involved, and etc. We then train models to generalize these annotations to new data, with the goal of advancing computational language understanding as well as theories about verb meaning.


Job Duty 1 -
Setup, operate and maintain instruments and other equipment used in performing lab tests and experiments.

Job Duty 2 -
Order supplies and materials as required; maintain records.

Job Duty 3 -
Setup laboratory media/equipment for demonstrations.

Job Duty 4 -
May clean instruments, glassware and other lab equipment.

Job Duty 5 -
Prepare and process laboratory samples for use in assigned tests.

Job Duty 6 -
Perform other duties as assigned

  • Read and synthesize academic literature in the fields of semantics and natural language processing.
  • Use natural language processing tools (NLTK, VerbNet, dependency parsers, semantic role labeling, BERT) in Python to extract information from text about the words and grammar of sentences describing events, and to generate new sentences according to researchers' specifications.
  • Use JavaScript and/or Qualtrics to design studies for human participants.
  • Use data science tools (Python/Pandas, R) to analyze data from text and/or from human annotations thereof.
  • Communicate progress and refine goals with collaborators.
Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
High school diploma, GED Certificate or Vocational School Diploma

Required Experience
Up to two years of job related experience

Preferred Qualifications
  • Linguistics, particularly semantics
  • Computer programming and data science
  • Human subjects research
  • Reading, synthesizing, and writing academic literature
Required Documents to Attach Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for at least three references.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

This job requires working knowledge in the use of instrumentation and other lab equipment, laboratory processes and procedures specific to assigned lab. Skills in inventory management and the use of specialized computer applications is required.

Apply Before Date

May 9, 2022

Contact Information

Lelia Glass at [email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity Georgia Tech provides equal opportunity to all faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including applicants for admission and/or employment, contractors, volunteers, and participants in institutional programs, activities, or services. Georgia Tech complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace and in educational activities. Georgia Tech prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests.

Other Information

This is not a supervisory position.
This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
No, this position will not be required to drive.
This role is not considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position will not travel
This position does not require security clearance.

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