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 Faculty Research Assistant
Institution/Organization: University of Maryland
Job Location: Maryland, U.S.A.
Contact Person: CASL HR
Date Posted: December 10th, 2011
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The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) to join the CASL Priming of Cultural Perspectives (PCP) research team. The CASL PCP research team investigates dimensions of culture and their effects on social relations, work behaviors, and decision-making processes.

Duties: The FRA will contribute to a research program that assesses whether priming individuals’ cultural perspectives influences interpretation of written text, using a combination of survey measures and experimental manipulations. Tasks will include organizing meetings, assisting in the collection, organization, synthesis, and analysis of data, as well as collecting, storing, processing, and analyzing research data. The FRA will also work with the PCP research team to develop surveys, pilot test and validate surveys, manage the team library, prepare research protocols, meet with clients, and assist in writing progress reports, briefings, and technical reports. Duties may also include fMRI data collection and analysis.

Qualifications: Bachelors degree and research experience required. Master’s degree preferred in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Linguistics, or other related behavioral or social sciences. Previous research experience with decision making processes, cross-cultural issues, survey development, quantitative analyses (using SPSS), or fMRI data collection and analysis (using SPM8) preferred. Competence with Microsoft Office is required. 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 the nation’s 10th university-affiliated research center and the largest language research center 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. Culture is a key focus for better understanding of language. Through a highly interdisciplinary approach, CASL researchers study the knowledge, resources, and technologies critical to analyst job performance, workforce readiness and operational performance, workflow design and management, knowledge and acquisition of less commonly taught languages, the quality and use of human language technology and much more.

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).

Application: For earliest consideration, apply online by going to and clicking on “Faculty”. 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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