Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Georgetown Research Assistant Position


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 Matt Gelfand ( 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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