CLS Job Opening: Lab Manager/Research Assistant

CLS Job Opening: Lab Manager/Research Assistant

The Center for Language Science (CLS) at Penn State seeks candidates for the position of Lab Manager/Research Assistant.  The CLS ( is an interdisciplinary group of linguists, psycholinguists, applied linguists, speech-language pathologists, speech scientists, and cognitive neuroscientists who share an interest in language acquisition and bilingualism.  CLS researchers employ a variety of methods including behavioral measures, eye tracking, electrophysiological methods (EEG/ERP), and fMRI.  Responsibilities for this position include assisting with a wide variety of CLS research projects, managing the laboratory operations (including equipment maintenance and participant scheduling), and providing support for weekly meetings and other CLS events.  Knowledge of E-prime, SPSS, and MATLAB is desirable, as is experience with eye tracking and EEG/ERP methods.  Training and experience with at least one technical method (eye tracking, EEG/ERP, speech analysis in Praat, etc.) is required.  Additional training will be provided for technical methods, and also for the conduct of research with human participants.  Candidates should have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects, and a strong curiosity and interest in language science research and methods. Knowledge of and experience working with languages other than English is also desirable but not required.  This position is ideal for someone who has completed undergraduate studies in a language science related field and wishes to gain additional laboratory experience before applying for graduate school. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.  The successful candidate will have had laboratory experience as an undergraduate, preferably with both behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods.  Interested applicants should include in their submitted materials a listing of three names of references.  Questions about the position can be sent to Dr. Frances Blanchette (  The appointment date will be no later than September 1st, 2017. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with possibility of re-funding.  Apply online at

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