Department: SoC Comm Sciences & Disorders Salary/Grade: NEX/9
The Child Language Lab (CLL), directed by Dr. Adriana Weisleder, is looking for a bilingual (Spanish/English) Research Assistant to work on longitudinal studies of bilingual children’s early language development. Research in the CLL examines links between early language environments and language development in children from diverse backgrounds. We will be starting an NIH-funded study examining trajectories of language development in Spanish-English bilingual late talkers. The Research Assistant will assist with all aspects of the research, including recruitment, conducting standardized assessments and eye-tracking studies, transcribing and coding video data, and contributing to data analysis, presentations and publications.
This position requires someone with a strong attention to detail who can also consider the big picture. We are looking for someone who can connect well with both young children and their caregivers. Because studies blend research and clinical practice, this position requires a flexible and creative thinker who can work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating &/or processing responses; gathering information; &/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
Please note: Supervisor provides objectives, detailed deadlines and general instructions. Work is reviewed for technical accuracy and compliance with instructions, practice, policy and procedures. EE meets frequently with supervisor to obtain instructions regarding general phases of work and in some cases as to specific details.
Requires travel to research sites in the Chicagoland area.
Recruits study participants.
Reviews & obtains informed consent.
Schedules study visits with participants.
Scores test results.
Collects survey data.
Conducts eye-tracking experiments with toddlers
Conducts observations of parent-child interactions
Conducts standardized child assessments
Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow.
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
Completes portions of grant applications &/or documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.
May train other research staff to interview/test participants.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Fluency in Spanish and English
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, child development, speech-language pathology, early childhood education, or related field
Experience working with families
Experience working with children under 5 years of age
2-year research experience with human subjects
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Coursework in early language development
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37729
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