Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

Position ID:Duke-P&N-AIRBERGELSONLAB [#11240]
Position Title: Associate in Research
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708-0999, United States [map]
Subject Area: Developmental Psychology
Appl Deadline:2018/06/11** (posted 2018/05/30, listed until 2018/06/15)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Bergelson Lab at Duke, an NIH and NEH funded lab in Duke's Psychology & Neuroscience department, is seeking an Associate in Research 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 (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 Associate in Research will also have the opportunity to be part of an international collaborative project, ACLEW, involving speech-technology, computational modeling, and naturalistic recordings.

The Associate in Research will work alongside a full-time lab manager, PhD students, postdocs, undergrads, and the PI to maintain our codebase (Bergelson Lab GitHub repo, SEEDLingS GitHub repo), create and document new scripts and workflows (Bergelson Lab OSF Wiki, SEEDLingS OSF wiki), help manage our website, and provide support for working with experimental and naturalistic data in the lab. There are often 1-2 undergraduate RAs directly supervised by the Associate in Research 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 fields)

Duke Psychology and Neuroscience has a strong community of researchers (see primary faculty here). 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.

To apply, please send an email to with the subject line "Bergelson Lab Associate in Research Position" and the following items:

1. current CV (including contact details of 3 references)

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

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

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 11th 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.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
(919) 660-5716
417 Chapel Drive
Box 90086
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0086

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