Graduate Research Assistant - 11434BR

Graduate Research Assistant

Bureau of Child Research
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Position Overview

University of Kansas

Exciting opportunity to work with individuals with language delays.

We are seeking to hire one graduate research assistant at 40 - 50% FTE. The purpose of this project is to develop and validate a measure of communication that can be used with children with autism. The GRA will work with a team of researchers, primarily assisting with assessments of language and cognitive development, and collecting communication data in school settings. Participating individuals are in the greater Kansas City metro area and Lawrence. Position is contingent on satisfactory yearly employee evaluation and continued grant funding.

Job Description

  1. Conduct assessments of cognitive and language development with children and adults with intellectual disabilities (25%)
  2. Code videotaped assessments of communication (25%)
  3. Participate in training activities for educators learning about the assessment and coding procedures including assisting with developing training materials (20%)
  4. Communicate with school districts and agencies to set up appointments (10%)
  5. Data entry and documentation (10%)
  6. Assist with creating reports and posters to disseminate findings (5%)
  7. Participate in staff meetings (5%)

Required Qualifications

  1. Current enrollment in a graduate program at KU with a course of study in speech-language pathology, psychology, applied behavior science (ABS), special education, or related academic field
  2. Enrollment in at least 6 credit hours
  3. Minimum 6 months clinical experience working with children with disabilities in a research, early education, or social service setting
  4. Effective written communication skills as evidenced by application materials
  5. Flexible schedule to allow for blocks of time to do assessments and observations in schools
  6. Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license (mileage is reimbursed)

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Masters degree in psychology, speech-language pathology, ABS, special education, or related academic field
  2. Graduate coursework in child language development and developmental assessments
  3. Experience observing and coding child and adult behaviors in natural contexts (i.e., school)
  4. Experience with computer software for data base management
  5. Experience with software (e.g. Adobe Premiere) for managing videotaped data/observations
  6. Experience working with diverse people in a variety of situations
  7. Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, and attention to detail as demonstrated in work experience
  8. English language competency, both written and oral
  9. Ability to commit to the project for two years

Additional Candidate Instructions

This position includes tuition for up to 10 credits per semester and 3 credits in the summer.

First consideration will be given to applications received by April 2, 2018 with a potential earliest start date of May 1, 2018. However, applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

If you have questions about the position, you may email Kris Matthews at or Nancy Brady at

Advertised Salary Range

$18,500.00 to $20,000.00 per year (commensurate with education and previous experience)

Anticipated Start Date


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