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Laboratory Specialist

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Al Ain, UAE

Ref: RP749-411

Job description / Role

Job Description
We are seeking an energetic candidate who will be responsible for overseeing the Department's various labs including the Eye-tracking lab, EEG lab, Phonetics lab, Psycholinguistics lab and Behavioral lab. The Department's labs include the following methodologies: eye-tracking, EEG, ultrasound, and a number of behavioral procedures. The lab manager's duties will include stimuli construction, database analyses, phonetic transcriptions, reading and writing summaries of scientific articles, programming experiments, preparing auditory stimuli, preparing consent forms and questionnaires, testing human participants, and conducting statistical analyses.
Other tasks may involve preparing reports on results, documenting and archiving of the data obtained. The ideal candidate should hold a specialization in Linguistics, psychology or cognitive science, with specific experience using the eye-tracking, EEG, and ultrasound procedures since s/he will be responsible for independently setting up and calibrating instrumentation, monitoring data acquisition, saving and processing data for offline analysis, and obtaining informed consent from human subjects. The ideal candidate will have critical thinking, be able to work well independently and in a team, must be able to meet deadlines and work under pressure, and must have excellent English and Arabic reading and writing skills.

The ideal candidate will hold a Bachelor degree in Linguistics, psychology or cognitive science and will have knowledge and experience in:
- Linguistics (i.e., morphology, phonology, syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics, etc.), psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, biology, computer science, or related field.
- Building, programming and conducting linguistic experiments.
- Proficiency in using computer softwares (e.g., PRAAT, PsychoPy, SPSS, R) and programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, Python, BASH) is strongly preferred.
- Conducting experiments in Arabic and Emirati Arabic.
- Prior research experience in developmental psychology or neuroimaging labs is desired.
- Previous experience on using eye-tracker, EEG and ultrasound procedures is desired.

Requirements

Minimum Qualification
- BA in Linguistics, psychology or cognitive science, with specific experience using the eye-tracking, EEG, and ultrasound procedures

Preferred Qualification
Have knowledge and experience in:
- Linguistics (i.e., morphology, phonology, syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics, etc.), psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, biology, computer science, or related field.
- Building, programming and conducting linguistic experiments.
- Proficiency in using computer softwares (e.g., PRAAT, PsychoPy, SPSS, R) and programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, Python, BASH) is strongly preferred.
- Conducting experiments in Arabic and Emirati Arabic.
- Prior research experience in developmental psychology or neuroimaging labs is desired.
- Previous experience on using eye-tracker, EEG and ultrasound procedures is desired.

About the Company

Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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