Research Assistant, Empathic Conversational Agents

Posted on November 22, 2022

Position overview

Position role: Research Assistant

Rate of pay: $22 - $26 per hour (including vacation and statutory holiday pay, no medical or dental benefits) based on experience and qualifications.

To apply

To apply: Please send your application materials including (1) your resume, (2) your advising transcript, (3) the reason you are interested in this project, and (4) a 1-page cover letter structured to address the qualifications, role responsibilities, and previous applicable experience as listed above, saved as one .pdf file and sent to oyalcin@sfu.ca with the subject line: ECA RA Position.

Human-AI Interaction Lab (HAI) in School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) invites applications for a Research Assistant appointment beginning Spring 2023 term.

RA will be responsible for conducting an experiment where participants interact with a conversational AI agent in real-time, and analyzing the data collected during the studies. The RA should have good knowledge of Python to be able to handle any issues arising during the experiment with the Python-based agent setup. The experiments will be conducted in SFU Surrey campus.

The experimental data for this project will be collected in the Spring 2023 term, with analysis and interpretation of results beginning in spring and possibly continuing in Summer 2023. After the data collection is finished, the rest of the work could be done online.

RA duties:

  • Assist with the design and implementation of an online questionnaire using Canvas.
  • Assist with participant recruitment and scheduling of experiments in the SFU Surrey and Burnaby campuses.
  • Executing the experiments with the participants in scheduled times.
  • Keep project materials and data organized using SFU Vault.
  • Assist with formatting and editing survey materials.
  • Assist with coding and analysis of quantitative data.
  • Attend meetings with the project team via Zoom and in-person.

Required qualifications and skills:

  • Good Knowledge of Python, Docker and virtual environment setups. Additional knowledge in AI/ML libraries would be an asset.
  • Have experience in running user studies with participants and/or crowdsourcing. Knowledge of Prolific or MTurk would be an asset.
  • Experience in research instrument design, specifically creating surveys and questionnaires. Knowledge of toolsets such as SurveyMonkey or Qualtrics would be an asset.
  • Experience in Quantitative Analysis Methods and Statistic analysis software or libraries (R, SPSS or Python libraries such as Pandas, Scipy, Statsmodels)
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to follow a schedule and complete tasks on time.
  • Currently enrolled as a student at SFU.

Rate of pay: $22 - $26 per hour (including vacation and statutory holiday pay, no medical or dental benefits) based on experience and qualifications.

To apply: Please send your application materials including (1) your resume, (2) your advising transcript, (3) the reason you are interested in this project, and (4) a 1-page cover letter structured to address the qualifications, role responsibilities, and previous applicable experience as listed above, saved as one .pdf file and sent to oyalcin@sfu.ca with the subject line: ECA RA Position.