Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Please find below projects seeking research assistants in the Department of Linguistics. Available positions are limited each semester. This page is under ongoing development. Please check back regularly for updates.

Spring 2023 Opportunities: Application Period Closed

UPCOMING APPLICATION PERIODS:
Summer 2023: March, 2023 (Dates TBA)
Fall 2023: July, 2023 (Dates TBA)
Spring 2024: November, 2023

The types of positions we advertise are either:
  • Volunteer: Unpaid; hours and length of commitment are variable;
  • Paid Research Assistantship: Paid from a research grant or department funds; hours and length of commitment are variable.

Note: Please read each posting carefully for specific requirements. Some positions are open only to undergraduate students who have not previously been employed as RAs in Linguistics (current students only). A link to the application form will be added to this page once the application period for the upcoming semester opens. Please note that you will need an advising transcript and recent resume. You may apply to more than one project in your application.

Applications are assessed on the basis of academic excellence and stated qualifications. All applicants will be informed by email regarding the outcome of their submission.

Professor, Project Information Seeking Students?
Ashley Farris-Trimble
Computing Science
Data Processing Support, Phonological Processing Lab: Short-term contract to help develop an experimental study script in MATLAB. Main responsibilities include:
  • • Creating a script in MATLAB to a) randomize stimuli lists, and b) compile sets of data and their relevant attributes
  • • Documenting development processes
  • • Working in-person at the Phono Lab in Burnaby at least once/week
Open to: Current undergraduate students in LING or Computing Science with outlined experience
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No (closed): 1 Research Support position (paid) in Spring 2023
20-hour contract, Jan. 4-Feb. 1, 2023
Required qualifications, skills, and experience:
  • • Currently enrolled as a student at SFU
  • • Experience with MATLAB scripting languages or C/C++
  • • Good knowledge of scripting best practices
  • • Interest in experimental study designs
Ashley Farris-Trimble
Phonology, Experimental Linguistics, Perception, Learning, Psycholinguistics
Volunteer #1, Phonological Processing Lab: Volunteer RA needed for experimental data collection. Location: Burnaby campus. Duties will include:
  • • Interacting with participants face-to-face
  • • Collecting eye-tracking and/or production data
  • • Other day-to-day lab tasks
Open to: Current undergraduate students in LING, Cognitive Science, or related fields
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No (closed): 1 volunteer in Spring 2023
6 hrs/week
Preferred qualifications:
  • • Completion of LING 290 or LING 321
  • • Reliable and punctual
  • • Ready to learn new skills
Ashley Farris-Trimble
Phonology, Experimental Linguistics, Perception, Learning, Psycholinguistics
Volunteer #2, Phonological Processing Lab: Student will focus on library research and analysis of phonological texts and grammars, with the goal of determining consonant cluster inventories for a cross-linguistic sample. Location: Burnaby campus.
Open to: Current undergraduate students in LING, Cognitive Science, or related fields
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No (closed): 1 volunteer in Spring 2023
6 hrs/week
Preferred qualifications:
  • • Completion of LING 290 or LING 321
  • • Reliable and punctual
  • • Ready to learn new skills
  • • Experience with library research and comfort reading phonological texts is a plus (training provided in task specifics)
Yue Wang
Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Computational Linguistics
Volunteer, Language and Brain Lab: To assist with projects in phonetics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and computational linguistics. Paid position may be available after a semester's involvement. Duties may include:
  • • Assisting in developing experimental stimuli (audio and video recordings)
  • • Running research participants
  • • Data analysis
Open to: Current undergraduate students in LING, Cognitive Science, Computing Science, or related fields
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No (closed): 1 volunteer in Spring 2023
5 hrs/week plus 1 hr lab meeting
Ideal qualifications:
  • • Background in phonetics (essential), psychology, cognitive science, computer science, statistics, and/or audio/video editing
  • • Familiarity with Praat and Excel

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Research Grants and Projects Coordinator.