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.

Fall 2022 Opportunities: Application Period Closed

UPCOMING APPLICATION PERIODS:
Spring 2023: November, 2022 (Dates TBA)
Summer 2023: March, 2023 (Dates TBA)
Fall 2023: July, 2023 (Dates TBA)
   
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
Phonology, Experimental linguistics, Perception, Learning, Psycholinguistics
Lab Manager, Phonological Processing Lab: Combination of administrative and research duties, including:
  • • scheduling lab meetings, RAs & research participants
  • • communications (e-mails, website updates)
  • • running participants
  • • creating and editing stimuli
Open to: upper-division Linguistics students as well as recent graduates intending to apply to a Masters program.
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No (closed): 1 RA (paid), 12-month contract (start date Aug. 1 - Sept. 5, 2022)
10-15 hrs/week
Ideal qualifications:
  • • very responsible, with strong organizational skills and a willingness to jump in and learn new things
  • • available to work in person at least one day/week (ideally all hours in person) at the Burnaby campus
  • • completed LING 321 (LING 350 would be a bonus)
Ashley Farris-Trimble
Phonology, Experimental linguistics, Psycholinguistics
Nonce Word Production: RA needed for a series of experiments focusing on how adults produce made-up words. Location: Burnaby campus. Duties will include:
  • • collecting production data
  • • analyzing production data (with Praat or phonetic transcription)
Open to: current undergraduate students: NEW RAs only (no previous paid RAships in Ling)
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No (closed): 1 RA (paid) in Fall 2022
5 hrs/week
Required qualifications:
  • • must have completed LING 321 or be enrolled in LING 321 in Fall 2022

  • Preferred qualifications:
  • • confidence with phonetic transcription and/or experience with Praat
Ashley Farris-Trimble
Phonology, Experimental linguistics, Perception, Learning, Psycholinguistics
Volunteers, Phonological Processing Lab: Volunteer RAs needed for experimental data collection. Location: Burnaby campus. Duties will include:
  • • interacting with participants face-to-face
  • • collection of 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): 2 volunteers in Fall 2022
6 hrs/week
Preferred qualifications:
  • • completion of LING 290 or LING 321
  • • reliable and punctual
  • • ready to learn new skills
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:
  • • assist 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 Fall 2022
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
Henny Yeung
Production, Acquisition, Prosody, Experimental linguistics
L2-IDS: We are studying the speech prosody of infant-directed speech from parents speaking their non-native language using day-long recordings. Location: Burnaby campus. Duties will include:
  • • contacting families interested in L1 acquisition research
  • • running studies and explaining study to families
Open to: current undergraduate students: NEW RAs only (no previous paid RAships in Ling)
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No (closed): 1 new RA (paid) in Fall 2022
5 hrs/week
Preferred qualifications:
  • • interest in L1 and L2 acquisition research
  • • knowledge of commonly spoken newcomer languages in Canada, especially Mandarin

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