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The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking a faculty research assistant (FRA) to join in linguistic research in Persian (Farsi and/or Dari). The projects will support CASL’s mission to conduct state-of-the-art research in areas that result in improved performance on language tasks relevant to the work of government language professionals. The FRA’s initial assignment will be to provide research and administrative support to projects with a Persian (Farsi and/or Dari) language focus and/or components. Duties: Responsibilities include linguistic analysis, pronunciation and audio file development, preparation of pedagogical materials, morphology, lexicography, native speaker fieldwork and literature reviews. The FRA will also assist the project with administrative duties, such as helping to prepare progress reports, schedule meetings, and take minutes during meetings. Compensation for this position is competitive commensurate with experience and education.

Qualifications: Bachelor required. Masters preferred. Knowledge of spoken and written Persian. Candidates must have self motivation, a demonstrated work ethic, and an ability and willingness to learn to work with quantitative research methods, corpus linguistics, and computer applications for linguistic and phonetic research. The successful candidate will work as a member of a larger team and be motivated to receive training as needed. Familiarity with government and defense-related foreign language activities will be a plus. Experience with phonetic (e.g. PRAAT) or speech technology software (ASR, TTS), Linux and any scripting language is a plus. Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the appropriate security clearance. CASL, established in 2003, is the nation’s 10th university-affiliated research center. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science research that results in improved performance on language tasks relevant to the work of government language professionals. Our research focuses on improving knowledge of less commonly taught languages; enhancing the acquisition and maintenance of foreign language capability by government professionals; advancing the capacity to use foreign language skills in a government professions; and improving the quality of human language technology. For more information, please visit

Application: For best consideration please apply online by March 5, 2015. You will need to submit a cover letter, resume, list of references containing the contact information for three professional referees, and up to three writing samples. The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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