Faculty Research Assistant/Aptitude

College Park, Prince Georges County
Apr 23, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Posting Details Posting Details Posting Number: X0004192 Position Number: 03271037 Title: Faculty Research Assistant Functional Title: Faculty Research Assistant/Aptitude Research Teams Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con Applicant Search Category: Faculty University Authorized FTE: 100 Unit: VPR-Center for Advanced Study of Language Hiring Range Minimum: Hiring Range Maximum: Campus/College Information: Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world. CASL, established in 2003, is one of 14 university-affiliated research centers in the nation. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science research that results in improved performance on language tasks relevant to the work of government language professionals. Our research focuses on improving knowledge of less commonly taught languages, enhancing the acquisition and maintenance of foreign language capability by government professionals, advancing the capacity to use foreign language skills in government professions, and improving the quality of human language technology. For more information, please visit www.casl.umd.edu. Position Summary/Purpose of Position: The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) to join its foreign language aptitude research teams. These research teams investigate second language acquisition, focusing in particular on: predicting success in achieving high-level or near-native proficiency, identifying the cognitive and perceptual abilities relevant to high-level language skills, predicting aptitude for specific languages or linguistic features, and tailoring language training to match learners’ aptitude profiles. Duties: The FRA will work with one or more research teams on all aspects of a research project on foreign language aptitude. Duties will include both administrative and research tasks. Administrative activities will include some subset of the following (depending on the specific project): participant recruitment, scheduling, and testing as part of an on-going validation study; organizing meetings, taking minutes, and coordinating schedules; and assisting in the preparation of status reports, briefings, and technical reports. Research activities will include, but are not limited to, data collection, data analysis, working with a research team to develop testing protocols, writing IRB applications, piloting and validating assessments, technical writing, and copyediting. The position will also include opportunities for training in skills such as programming and advanced statistical analysis. Travel may be required. Compensation for this position is competitive commensurate with experience and education, plus fantastic benefits (e.g., healthcare, excellent retirement plans, 22 days for annual leave, 3 personal days, and 14 scheduled holiday leave days per University schedule). The position will be for a one-year renewable contract contingent upon funding. Minimum Qualifications: Qualifications: Master’s Degree required in Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Computational Linguistics, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, or a related field. Previous experience with one or more of the following is highly preferred: R, SPSS, Python, or LaTeX. Previous research experience assessing cognitive and/or linguistic knowledge, and advanced statistical analysis, are desirable. Candidates must be willing to be trained to perform all requisite duties of the position and demonstrate an ability to work in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary and intercultural environment. Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the appropriate security clearance. Preferences: Additional Certifications: Additional Information: Application: For best consideration please apply online by April 19, 2014. You will need to create an account and submit a cover letter, resume, list of references containing the contact information for three professional referees, and up to three writing samples. Posting Date: 03/27/2014 Closing Date: Open Until Filled Yes Best Consideration Date 04/19/2014 Diversity Statement: The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.