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Student Research Assistants (2-3 Positions) - Department of Psychology

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Monday, June 12, 2017
Date of Posting: 
June 5, 2017
Department of Psychology
Student Research Assistants (2-3 Positions)
Hours of Work: 

Up to 15 hours per week 

$11.70 per hour (vacation pay included)

As soon as possible to August 31, 2017 (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements) 

Part-time research assistance (undergraduate or graduate) is required primarily for the analysis of data acquired in an automated test of speaking and singing.  The study arose through the AIRS Project (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing, www.airsplace.ca.)  The project is now at a stage of consolidating its findings over the last 7 years.  Specific areas of focus are (1) group singing on campuses and in the community (2) analysis (by ear or via computer) of singing data collected in experiments  (3) entering various kinds of data into a digital library (4) web-site updating  (5) research team meeting planning and support. The part-time assistance of one or more students is required to help with these projects.  The student will be expected to learn the various skills required to accomplish one or more of the tasks above most suited to his or her  educational background and/or interests.


Reporting to the Director, the work will entail some of the following:
• Analysis of singing and verbal data (1st priority)
• Testing participants in a psychology study
• Learning to ingest content into the AIRS Digital library
• Data entry
• Web-site or social media updating
• Other research-related tasks as required
• Support for the campus multicultural choir initiative
• Support for annual PEI SingFest


• Priority will be given to students currently registered in relevant disciplines of Psychology, Music, Education, Computer Science, but possibly other
• The following would be regarded as assets:
    • Courses in research methods, statistics
    • Course in Music Psychology/Music Cognition
    • Ability to work responsibility without close supervision
    • Good organizational skills and record-keeping ability
    • Capable of exercising confidentiality, conscientiousness
    • Openness to the experience of many cultures
    • Word processing, Excel
• Additional assets include:
    • Audacity, HTML, programming
    • Music background/singing experience (can be informal)
    • Superior communication skills
    • Bilingual
    • Knowledge of computer music notation software
    • Computer, mathematics or neuroscience background

Priority is given 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 posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (www.upei.ca/hr).

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, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified 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.
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