[CogSci] Job Opportunity at The University of Delaware Treatment Efficacy & Language Learning Lab (TELL Lab)

Matt Peter mpeter at jpmedia.com
Tue Oct 17 11:12:47 PDT 2017

Lab Coordinator II
The University of Delaware Treatment Efficacy & Language Learning Lab (TELL Lab) 
The University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware

The University of Delaware Treatment Efficacy & Language Learning Lab (TELL Lab) studies the language learning processes of typically developing children, children with Developmental Language Disorder, and children at risk for poor language learning due to environmental factors (e.g., poverty).  Our research consists of experimental studies, treatment studies (i.e, behavioral clinical trials, and computational modeling. 

The TELL Lab Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the lab to collect research data. A significant proportion of duties involve supporting participant recruitment and retention efforts, including organizing outreach to the local community, administering and interpreting standardized and informal assessments, interacting with children, families, and schools and providing treatment to children with language impairment within an experimental protocol. The incumbent will also be responsible for coordinating lab calendars and scheduling, training and supervising student research assistants; entering, coding, and analyzing data; submitting and renewing IRB protocols and ensuring that research is conducted in an ethical fashion. The incumbent may also supervise graduate student clinicians who participate in treatment research and/or participate in the publication and grant writing process. Given scheduling needs for training students and meeting with participants and community partners, the Lab Coordinator must be flexible and be able to independently establish scheduling priorities as well as be able to perform all laboratory procedures.

This is a grant funded opportunity.

• Enforce and model University of Delaware human subjects policies and procedures within the laboratory to ensure that human subjects research is conducted in an ethical fashion.
• Coordinate the recruitment and retention of research participants, including actively seeking out community partners and identifying ways to enhance the lab’s profile within relevant communities (speech pathology, special education, early childhood education). Effectively connect with parents and community partners and communicate research needs and goals.  
• Administer and interpret standardized and lab-developed assessment measures of language and cognition in order to determine eligibility for participation in the study. Provide appropriate follow-up support to families and clinicians. 
• Perform experimental procedures/provide speech language treatments, assuring fidelity to protocol by recording and consolidating data as directed by the PI.
• Supervise students in the lab carrying out lab-related activities (i.e., transcription, data coding, subject recruitment, etc). 
• Manage lab related data (audio, video, text) in conscientious, reliable, and well-documented fashion. 
• Ensure that the materials and supplies in the laboratory remain operational. Coordinate service and repair of laboratory instruments and reorder supplies as needed.  Troubleshoot equipment problems as they arise in the laboratory. Update laboratory protocols and manuals as necessary.
• Provide technical support for the writing of grants, contracts, proposals, and based on work performed in the facility. Assist with Institutional Review Board documentation and submission of grants to federal agencies.
• Attend appropriate training courses, seminars and demonstrations to enhance professional development in consultation with the director.
• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

• Bachelor’s degree and four years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Degree in speech pathology or an allied field preferred.
• Experience working with children and families.
• Ability to rapidly establish rapport and manage behavior in a variety of one-on-one situations.
• Basic competence with computer software including MS Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint. .
• Ability to communicate effectively with local technology, IRB, and HR support.
• Excellent organizational, team, and interpersonal skills required for interfacing with staff, faculty administrators, students, and other constituents.
• Holds CCC-SLP and eligible for licensure in Delaware preferred.
• Experience working with children with language learning impairments and their families preferred.
• Experience administering and interpreting language and psychological assessments (e.g., SPELT-III, PPVT-IV, EVT) and experience providing child-centered and hybrid-based approaches to language therapy to children with expressive language delays preferred.
• Supervisory experience preferred.
• Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations and experience applying recommended standards related to human subjects practices as applicable preferred.
• Basic knowledge of computer programing for the purpose of developing experiments in E-Prime, Paradigm, or PsychoPy preferred.
• Basic knowledge of statistics, including the ability to compute means, standard deviations, and carry out t-tests using excel or other statistical software preferred.

• Must possess a valid vehicle operator’s license.
• Evening and weekend working hours may be required to accommodate participant schedules.

For a complete list of requirements and job duties and to apply online, please visit the UDJOBS website at www.udel.edu/udjobs  Job ID 105028

Equal Employment Opportunity 
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans.  The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html. Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check.  A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.
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