The Buckeye Center for Hearing and Development, directed by Derek Houston, in the department of Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University Medical Center seeks a motivated, detail-oriented, and organized individual to serve as a full-time research assistant/technician for an NIH-funded project in collaboration with the Developmental Intelligence lab (, directed by Chen Yu. The project employs state-of-the-art sensing and computing techniques to investigate the coordination of parent-child interactions in the service of novel word learning in young children who are deaf and receive cochlear implants.

The research assistant will work with children and their parents and a team of researchers including undergraduate research assistants, research associates, postdocs, and faculty members. An ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented recent college graduate who majored in psychology, cognitive science, speech and hearing, or a related field and is looking for additional research experience before applying to graduate school. The position offers a unique opportunity to obtain hands-on experiences on using cutting-edge technology to study parent-child interaction and word learning in typically developing and deaf/hard-of-hearing toddlers who use cochlear implants and/or hearing aids.

Primary duties will include:

  • Collecting data through complex laboratory/scientific experiments, techniques, and procedures
  • Working on head-mounted and screen-based eye tracking systems
  • Managing, coding and analyzing video and time series data
  • Coordinating, training, and working with undergraduate research assistants
  • Assisting with new experimental setups

Minimum requirements for this position include:

  • BA or BS in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, speech and hearing sciences or related field
  • Highly motivated to learn new technology, including computer programming and sensing device setup
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong independent work ethic and time management
  • Interest in development and learning

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working in a research lab with children and their families
  • Experience with eye tracking
  • Ability to learn and troubleshoot software and basic scripting methods (R, Matlab, Python)


Preferred start date is early 2022 and the position includes benefits.

HIRING RANGE: $18.10 – $22.65/hr

To apply: please send a CV and cover letter to Molly Cooke at Applications will be accepted until November 15th

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