The University of Maryland - Maryland

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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.

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. They 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, working with a research team to develop testing protocols, writing IRB applications, piloting and validating assessments, managing the team library, meeting with government and military personnel, technical editing and copyediting, as well as data collection, organization, and analysis. Travel is required.

Bachelor’s degree required in a research field involving human participants such as Psychology, Sociology, Cognitive Science, Statistics, or Program Evaluation. Master’s degree preferred with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition, Language Assessment, Psychology, or Linguistics. Expertise in Microsoft Office is required. Experience with, or willingness to learn, R, SPSS, and LaTeX is a plus. Previous research experience assessing cognitive and/or linguistic knowledge, with knowledge of statistical analysis, is 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.

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 .

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).

For best consideration please apply on line by February 28, 2013 at and click on "Faculty" (direct link to the application is given at the application website address below). 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.

The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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