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Summer Student Research Assistant - Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) - Department of Psychology

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Date of Posting: 
May 12, 2014
Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) - Department of Psychology
Summer Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

 20  hours per week (work schedule is flexible).

$11.51 per hour (vacation pay included)

As soon as possible to August 29, 2014 (possibility of continuation at a reduced level during the school term)

The University of Prince Edward Island is the coordinating institution for a Major Collaborative Research Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The 7-year project, titled Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS), is unfolding through the cooperation of some 70 researchers and various other stakeholders from a dozen different countries, and under the overall direction of Prof. Annabel Cohen, Department of Psychology, UPEI. Its primary objective is to facilitate and coordinate a variety of initiatives exploring the relationship between singing and three themes: development, education and well-being, all at both personal and social scales. The AIRS Project web-site is www.airsplace.ca.
Theme 1 of this project focuses on the Development of Singing.  One aspect of this study has entailed the use of the AIRS Test Battery of Singing Skills which includes components not only related to singing but also to verbal skills.
Student assistantship is required for the translation of this project’s materials into French, testing of participants whose first language is French, and the analysis of various items in the test battery.  


Duties will include:
• The Translation of Test Battery materials into French, testing of French language speakers, learning to use the Praat analysis program; conducting pitch analysis; story analysis, and possibly some statistical analysis; ethics proposals; manuscript preparation or literature reviews.
• Other responsibilities may include involvement in the AIRS Quad-Country Project, which entails work within the education system and communication with Researchers in China, Kenya and Brazil.


• Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island Students, currently registered in relevant disciplines of Psychology, but also possibly Music, Education, or other.
• Applicants must be fluent in both French and English.
• Previous translation work would be an asset.
• Ability to work responsibly without close supervision. Good organizational skills.
• Openness to the experience of other cultures.
• Other assets include word processing, knowledge of computer music notation software (not essential), interest in music, singing, and or speech and language.

Priority to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list, to be received no later than the closing date, via the link below. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment. Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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