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.

APPLICATION PERIOD for SPRING 2024: November 20-30, 2023
**Deadline for RA position with J. Alderete (Promoting Diversity in Tech Careers): November 27, 2023 (closed)


Summer 2024: March, 2024
Fall 2024: July, 2024
Spring 2025: November, 2024

The types of positions we advertise are either:
  • Volunteer: Unpaid; hours and length of commitment are variable (often entry stage to a paid RAship);
  • Paid Research Assistant: Paid from a research grant or department funds; hours and length of commitment are variable.

Application Instructions: Please read each posting carefully for specific requirements. If you're interested in volunteering or working as an RA, please fill out this application form. 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?
John Alderete
Technology, Job Placement, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
Promoting Diversity in Tech Careers: Please note earlier deadline for this position. Seeking one RA to read and summarize research articles on EDI for job placement in technology careers; examine online tools for EDI, possibly questionnaire data, and attend bi-weekly meetings.
Start: End of November
Duration: 4 months
Open to: Advanced undergraduates (third year or higher preferred)
Application deadline for this position: November 27, 2023 (now closed)
No (closed) 1 RA (paid) to start end of November, 2023
5-7 hrs/wk
  • • Advanced undergraduate (third year or higher preferred)
  • • Experience with programming classes or research analysis a plus
Ashley Farris-Trimble
PhonoLab RA: Seeking one volunteer RA to work on the Phonological Learning project. The encumbent will help implement experimental design and collect experimental data, including with the eye-tracker.
Open to: Current undergraduate students in LING
Yes: 1 volunteer RA for Spring 2024
5-6 hrs/week
  • • Completion of LING 321 (preferred)
  • • Reliable, detail-oriented, and punctual
  • • Want to learn new things
Yue Wang
Experimental Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Computational Linguistics
Volunteers, Language and Brain Lab: Seeking 2 volunteer RAs to work on the project Adaptations in conversation: Engaging voices, faces, brains and AI. Paid position may be available after a semester's involvement. Seeking Japanese speaker (preferred) for one of the two positions. If you speak Japanese, please note this in your application and describe fluency. Duties may include:
  • • Development of experiments
  • • Data collection
  • • Data analysis
Open to: Current undergraduate students in LING, Cognitive Science, or related fields
Yes: 2 volunteer RAs for Spring 2024
6 hrs/week
Preferred experience:
  • • Completion of an undergraduate course in phonetics
  • • 3rd year student at SFU
  • • Japanese speaker (1 of 2 volunteers; this is an asset, not a requirement)
Optional experience:
  • • Computing Science, audio/video editing, and/or statistics
Henny Yeung
Production, Acquisition, Experimental Linguistics
LangDev Lab RA: We are seeking one volunteer RA to work on the project Linguistic analysis of infant- and child-directed speech in one's first and second Languages. Linguistic abilities outside of English are preferred (particularly Spanish, Cantonese, or Russian), but not required. If you speak additional languages, please note them in your application and describe fluency. Duties may include:
  • • Contacting families interested in L1/L2 research
  • • Data collection
  • • Data analysis
  • • Annotation
Open to: Current undergraduate students in LING, Cognitive Science, or related fields
Yes: 1 volunteer RA for Spring 2024
5 hrs/week
Preferred qualifications:
  • • Interest in L1 and L2 acquisition research
  • • Knowledge of languages outside of English (particularly Spanish, Cantonese, or Russian); this is an asset, not a requirement
  • • Willing to learn and work as part of a team

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