Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

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

Summer 2022 Opportunities: Filled

Fall 2022: July 4-15, 2022*

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;
  • Work-Study: Paid by Financial Aid & Awards. For eligibility and to apply, visit the SFU Work-Study program. Please note specified qualifications. *Fall 2022 Application Period for Work-Study: July 4-22, 2022 (for the Work-Study program; apply via go.sfu.ca); July 29-Aug. 19, 2022 (approved students apply to projects)

Please Note: Some of the positions listed below are open only to undergraduate students who have not previously been employed as RAs in Linguistics (current students only). Please read each posting carefully for specific requirements. 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.
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)
  • • completed LING 321 (LING 350 would be a bonus)
John Alderete
Cognition, Experimental linguistics, Computational linguistics
The Language, Cognition, and Computation (LCC) learning community connects linguistic structures with computational methods in projects that investigate human cognition. The LCC is currently working on using network science tools to investigate linguistic systems and psycholinguistic behaviour. Planned projects involve analyzing the similarity structure of the lexicons of under-studied languages, and using network science to analyze disordered speech. The LCC meets once a month via zoom to plan and co-ordinate project work. All SFU students are invited to be part of the LCC learning community.
Fall 2022, volunteer only
Join monthly meetings, undertake research concerning language cognition and computation. Note: No direct supervision outside monthly meetings, intended as a learning community rather than a lab position.

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