Thursday, June 5, 2008


The Brain and Language Lab at Georgetown
University investigates the biological and
psychological bases of first and second language,
and the relations between language and other
cognitive domains, including memory, music and
motor function. The lab's members test their
hypotheses using a set of complementary
behavioral, neurological, neuroimaging (ERP, MEG,
fMRI) and other biological (genetic, endocrine,
pharmacological) approaches. They are interested
in the normal acquisition and processing of
language and non-language functions, and their
neurocognitive variability as a function of
factors such as genetics, hormones, sex,
handedness, age and learning environment; and in
the breakdown, recovery and rehabilitation of
language and non-language functions in a variety
of disorders, including Specific Language
Impairment, ADHD, dyslexia, autism, Tourette
syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's
disease, Huntington's disease, and aphasia. For a
fuller description of the Brain and Language Lab,
please go to

We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant/Lab
Manager. The successful candidate, who will work
with the other RA/Lab Managers currently in the
lab, will have the opportunity to be involved in
a variety of projects, using a range of
methodological approaches (see above and S/he will have
responsibility for various aspects of research
and laboratory management and organization,
including creating experimental stimuli; setting
up and running experiments on a variety of
subject groups; performing statistical analyses;
helping manage the lab’s computers; managing
undergraduate assistants; and working with the
laboratory director and other lab members in
preparing and managing grants and IRB protocols.

Minimum requirements for the position include a
Bachelor's or Master's degree, with a significant
amount of course-work or research experience in
at least two and ideally three of the following:
linguistics, cognitive psychology, neuroscience,
computer science, and statistics. Familiarity
with Windows (and ideally Linux) is highly
desirable, as is experience in programming or
statistics and/or a strong math aptitude. A car
is preferable because subject testing is
conducted at multiple sites. The candidate must
be extremely responsible, reliable, energetic,
hard-working, organized, and efficient, and be
able to work with a diverse group of people.

To allow for sufficient time to learn new skills
and to be productive, candidates should be
available to work for at least two years, and
ideally for three. Preference will be given to
candidates who can begin immediately. Interested
candidates should email Marco PiƱeyro
( their CV and one or two
publications or other writing samples, and have 3
recommenders email him their recommendations
directly. Salary will be commensurate with
experience and qualifications. The position,
which includes health benefits, is NIH-funded.
Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

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