Graduate Research Assistant - 12171BR

Graduate Research Assistant

Department: 
Bureau of Child Research
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Temporary
Employee Class: 
S-Student

Position Overview

The Fragile X Research Lab is seeking to hire a graduate research assistant at 50% FTE for a longitudinal study designed to examine the development of children with fragile X syndrome.
The research assistant will complete computerized coding of mother-child communication interactions, enter data into Excel, check for reliability of data, and meet with the other GRAs to resolve coding disputes. The position will also include some cross-country travel to collect data in the homes of study participants. The data collection duties include administering standardized tests to adolescent children with fragile X syndrome, videotaping mother-child interactions, and administering interviews with the mothers of the children.

Job Description

1. Code individual behaviors during videotaped mother/child interactions using Noldus, a behavior coding software.
2. Travel with a colleague to study participants’ homes across the country to collect data; this involves administering standardized tests of language and cognition, standardized protocols of narrative abilities, and video-taping mother-child interactions. Weekend travel needs vary month to month.
3. Transcribe mother’s and child’s conversation and code for grammatical categories using the Systematic Analysis for Language Transcripts (SALT) software.
4. Maintain databases to support data collection and analyses.
5. Score standardized tests of language, cognition, and adaptive behavior, and prepare reports detailing results of assessments for research participants.
6. Participate in weekly meeting with supervising staff and other members of the research team.

Required Qualifications

1. KU student must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours each semester during the academic year. Enrollment of one credit hour during the summer session is required if the student was not enrolled the previous spring or is not pre-enrolled in the upcoming fall term.
2. Accepted in or part of a KU graduate program, as evidenced in application materials.
3. Experience working with children or adolescents with intellectual disabilities, as evidenced in application materials.
4. Experience administering standardized tests, as evidenced in application materials.
5. Exceptional attention to detail, and excellent written and verbal communication skills, as evidenced by the quality of application materials, interview performance, and letters of reference.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience using the following software: Noldus The Observer XT 14, Excel, Powerpoint, Word.
2. Ability to work for a minimum of two years.
3. Currently enrolled in a program related to language and/or child development.
4. Interest in fragile X syndrome.

Advertised Salary Range

$16.00 per hour

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
12171BR
Department:
Bureau of Child Research
Location/Division:
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Temporary
Employee Class:
S-Student
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