Student Research Assistants (Up to 3 positions) - Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts

Competition Number:
Position Type:
Student Position
Closing Date:
Date of Posting:
Department of Psychology
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
10-20 hours per week
$13.29 per hour

As soon as possible – Sept 30, 2018

Part-time research assistance is required to carry out two primary tasks (1) analysis of data acquired in an automated test of speaking and singing (2) coordination of manuscripts, in support of the progress of a co-edited volume, including maintaining a database and communicating with authors and co-editors. These projects arose through the AIRS Project (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing, The project is now at a stage of consolidating its findings. The student will be expected to apply their knowledge to learn various skills required to accomplish these tasks.


Reporting to the project director, the work will entail the following:

  • Analysis of singing (including possible transcription) and verbal data
  • Manuscript co-ordination through a computer data base
  • Testing participants in a psychology study
  • Ingesting content into the AIRS Digital library
  • Web-site or social media updating
  • Other research-related tasks as required
  • Support for university/community research-related initiatives


Priority will be given to students currently registered in disciplines of Psychology, Modern languages, Computer Science among others. The following would be regarded as assets:

  • Superior communication skills
  • Courses in research methods, statistics
  • Course in Music Psychology/Music Cognition, Psycholinguistics, Linguistics
  • Ability to work responsibly without close supervision
  • Good organizational skills  and record-keeping ability
  • Capacity to exercise confidentiality and conscientiousness
  • Openness to the experience of many cultures
  • Word processing, Excel
  • International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), HTML, programming
  • Music background/singing experience (can be informal)
  • Bilingual, especially a tone language
  • Knowledge of computer music notation software, and/or Praat speech analysis software

Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and the 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 posted on the UPEI Human Resources website ( Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, or fax it to (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified student candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit 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.