[CogSci] Lab Tech in Bergelson Lab at Duke, summer 2018 start

Elika Bergelson elika.bergelson at gmail.com
Fri Apr 13 12:44:48 PDT 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Please share with relevant recent (or imminently finishing) undergrads and
feel free to contact me with questions.

This is for a *lab technician* in Duke's Psychology & Neuroscience
department, starting *summer 2018.*

Apologies for cross-posting.



Elika Bergelson, PhD

Crandall Family Assistant Professor

Duke Psychology & Neuroscience Department & Center for Cognitive

Center for Developmental Science

The Bergelson Lab at Duke <http://bergelsonlab.com/index.html>, an NIH and
NEH funded lab in Duke's Psychology & Neuroscience department, is seeking a
lab technician with excellent programming skills for a summer start date.

The Bergelson Lab studies language acquisition, with a focus on early word
learning. Research projects in the lab investigate both the relation
between word learning and other aspects of linguistic representation
(phonetics, syntax, prosody) and the interface between word learning and
socio-cognitive development writ large.

Research in the lab centers around *corpus* methods, used to analyze
the SEEDLingS
Corpus <http://bergelsonlab.com/seedlings/index.html> (a rich longitudinal
audio/video/comprehension/production corpus), and *behavioral* methods
(e.g. eye-tracking, discrimination, and production studies) to query infant
language development.

The lab technician will also have the opportunity to be part of an
international collaborative project, ACLEW
<https://sites.google.com/view/aclewdid/home>, involving speech-technology,
computational modeling, and naturalistic recordings.

The lab technician will work alongside a full-time lab manager, PhD
students, postdocs, undergrads, and the PI to maintain our codebase (Bergelson
Lab GitHub repo <https://github.com/BergelsonLab/>, SEEDLingS GitHub repo
<https://github.com/SeedlingsBabylab/>), create and document new scripts
and workflows (Bergelson Lab OSF Wiki <https://osf.io/3qg96/>, SEEDLingS
OSF wiki <https://osf.io/cxwyz/>), help manage our website
<http://bergelsonlab.com/>, and provide support for working with
experimental and naturalistic data in the lab. There are often 1-2
undergraduate RAs directly supervised by the lab technician in this role.

Our lab staff typically go on to excellent research positions and/or PhDs
(n=5) at top institutions and have taken advantage of opportunities to
co-author research publications and presentations in their own areas of
interest and in ongoing projects in the lab.

*Desiderata include:*

* strong programming background (python along with some combination of
matlab, R, ruby, bash, html, Go, C++, java, and latex)

* experience with Python's scientific libraries (Pandas, NumPy, SciPy,
IPython Notebooks)

* experience with R's tidyverse. experience with RStudio's Shiny
application framework is a plus.

* high skill level and comfort with Github

* experience with Linux is a plus

* experience with backend server development in Go is a plus

* familiarity with relevant software (e.g. Praat, Python, Audacity,
Datavyu, R, FFmpeg)

* coursework and research experience in algorithms and data structures,
data science, machine learning, human research design and implementation
(cognition and/or developmental psych, cogsci, linguistics, and related

Duke Psychology and Neuroscience has a strong community of researchers (see
primary faculty here <http://psychandneuro.duke.edu/people/primary-faculty>).
Colleagues with highly relevant research in the department notably include
Drs. Michael Tomasello, Rita Svetlova, and Makeba Wilbourne. We are
part of Duke
CHILD Studies <http://psychandneuro.duke.edu/childstudies>.

To apply, please send an email to elika.bergelson at gmail.com with the
subject line

"Bergelson Lab Technician Position" and the following items:

a)     current CV (including contact details of 3 references)

b)     sample code (and/or its resulting products) that you’ve written from

c)     letter of Interest highlighting how your background complements
the labs' needs and interests.

Applications will be reviewed beginning *April 16th *and will continue
until a suitable candidate is selected in May.

Start date will be early summer. This is a one year position with
possibility of renewal.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an
individual's race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation,
national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.
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