Student Hourly - Research Position - 22497BR

Student Hourly - Research Position

Bureau of Child Research
Juniper Gardens Area
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Position Overview

The Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP; is seeking to hire a student hourly researcher to work on an NIH funded project. The student hourly will assist in collecting data for a study examining a peer-mediated intervention to improve the social communication skills of preschool-age children with autism who have limited or no spoken language.

We are seeking a Student Hourly Researcher to work 50% FTE (20 hours per week). The Student Hourly will work with guidance from the project Principal and Co-Investigators. Responsibilities will include assistance with scheduling meetings and research activities, providing assessments develop intervention materials, data collection, data entry and management, and team collaboration.

This position requires reliable transportation and the ability to be flexible in attending school visits during the day. It also requires strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work with a team of professionals.

Job Description

  1. Data collection activities – complete observational coding of children’s classroom behaviors, collect video recordings of intervention sessions (60%).
  2. Data entry and management (20%).
  3. Assist with updating iPads with voice output apps and programming child vocabularies (10%)
  4. Assist the team with preparing research materials for dissemination activities (5%).
  5. Attend weekly research project meetings (5%)
The position is at JGCP, located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas in the Children’s Campus of Kansas City building, 444 Minnesota Ave, Suite 300, Kansas City, KS 66101.

This position will be a hybrid of on-site work and telework as deemed by supervisor.
Underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications

  1. Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program at KU or KUMC with a course of study in speech language pathology, psychology, special education, applied behavioral sciences, or related field, as demonstrated in application materials.
  2. Six months experience working in classrooms, community programs, or research studies serving young children with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities, as demonstrated in application materials.
  3. Familiar with the use of Excel, office productivity applications and cloud-based applications such as Google Docs and OneDrive, as demonstrated in application materials.
  4. Effective organization skills as evidenced by application materials.
  5. Strong oral communication skills as determined through interview process and reference checks.
  6. During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must:
    1. have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or
    2. be pre-enrolled in upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or
    3. be enrolled in summer session or
    4. be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Exceptions granted for GRA/GTA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Coursework in speech language pathology, psychology, special education, applied behavioral sciences, or related field.
  2. Experience collecting behavioral data on children with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities.
  3. Six months experience with the conduct of research projects.
  4. Experience with data management systems such as REDCap.

Additional Candidate Instructions

For more information and to apply go to:
Please submit an online application, cover letter, resume/vitae and contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications begins on June 23, 2022 and continues until August 15th, 2022 or when viable candidate is found.

Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check. Continuation is dependent on satisfactory yearly evaluation and funding.

Contact Information to Applicants

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Thiemann-Bourque at
For questions about the application process, please contact Diana Skill at
Candidates who do not submit ALL of the above through the online system, will not be considered. Please do not email application materials.

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

Varies, up to 20 hours per week

Anticipated Start Date


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Bureau of Child Research
Primary Campus:
Juniper Gardens Area
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