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Student Assistants - Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) - Department of Psychology (several part-time positions available) (REPOSTED)

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Date of Posting: 
September 11, 2013
Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) - Department of Psychology
Student Assistants (REPOSTED)
Hours of Work: 

10 hours per week (work schedule is flexible)

$10.74 (vacation pay included)

Beginning as soon as September 2013 to April 20, 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 analysis of various items in the test battery as performed by persons of many ages, music backgrounds, and several nationalities.
The main duty will be perceptual analysis of vocal performance (singing and speaking) of data arising from the on-line version of the AIRS Test Battery of Singing Skills. Possible analysis method includes but are not restricted to 1) rating various aspects of performances by listening to audio, watching sound or silent video; 2) notating and transcribing singing and speaking performances; 3) verbally describing the data.
Successful candidates will be supervised by and work closely with Dr. Bing-Yi Pan (AIRS postdoctoral fellow) and Professor Annabel Cohen (Director of the AIRS project). Outstanding candidates will also be involved in discussing and formulating detailed analysis methods of various types of data, possibly running the Test Battery and collecting data independently. The position affords many opportunities for learning about music psychology, psychology of language, experimental design, computerized audio signal processing and statistical analysis.
A high level of music training and a good aural ability is necessary. Successful candidates must meet at least two criterions of the following three: 1) have taken private music lessons on a melodic instrument or voice for more than 5 years), 2) excellent sight singing skills 3) be a music major student.
Assets (not essential) include basis computer operation skills, knowledge of computer music notation software, interest in music, singing, and or speech and language.
Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island Students, currently registered in relevant disciplines particularly Music, Psychology, but also possibly Engineering, Physics, or other.
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 cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and references to be received no later than the closing date to employment@upei.ca. Please ensure that your first and last name and the competition number are included in the email subject line. 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.
The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

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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