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Research/Lab Technician II (part-time)
Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
College of Health Sciences
University of Missouri - Columbia

Job Description

Dr. Laura M. Morett’s Neuroscience of Education Research on Development (NERD) Lab in the College of Health Sciences – Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Missouri – Columbia is seeking applicants for a full-time Research/Lab Technician II. The lab conducts research on the cognitive and neural bases of typical and disordered language processing and acquisition, focusing in particular on hand gesture. A variety of methods, including electroencephalography (EEG), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and eye-tracking are used to examine language and gesture across the lifespan in typical development and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The Research Technician will handle multiple organizational and administrative details of assigned projects, including but not limited to the recruitment, screening, and scheduling of study participants and conducting online and telephone interviews. The Research Technician will also coordinate the follow-up of study participants with some oversight of day-to-day operation of the project; develop, program, and test experimental paradigms; assist in the preparation of IRB applications, progress reports and other summary materials; and perform literature searches. Additional responsibilities include ordering materials, tracking research related supplies, detailed record-keeping, filing, assisting with the supervision and training of research assistants, the sending and receiving of study equipment, the cleaning and offloading of data from study devices (e.g., EEG, fNIRS, and eye-tracking), study participant payments, and other duties as assigned. The Research Technician will assist in the preparation of manuscripts for publication, conference presentations, and grant proposals. There will be opportunities to lead and/or collaborate on papers, posters, and presentations for scientific meetings. The Research Technician will work independently and collaboratively with other team members to fulfill the goals of the projects.

Job Responsibilities
  • Focuses on completing work effectively, efficiently, and in a timely fashion
  • Understands how own assigned duties relate to others in the team and how the team integrates with others
  • May assist staff, faculty, students and/or general public with the basic operation of equipment and/or with production activities
  • Uses existing procedures to solve routine problems and perform a range/variety of tasks/activities
  • Recognizes and solves typical problems that can occur in own work area without supervisory approval; evaluates and selects solutions from established options
  • Provides recommendations to supervisor as needed and/or requested
  • Impacts the quality of own work
  • Communicates basic technical information with team members
  • Provides information to and exchanges information with appropriate and/or various parties
  • Other job-related duties as necessary and job development

20 hours per week, including evening and weekend availability when needed.

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or an equivalent and at least 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences or a related discipline (e.g., psychology, linguistics, neuroscience); familiarity with EEG, fNIRS, and/or eye-tracking and relevant data collection and analysis software (e.g., PsychoPy, R, Matlab); experience working with individuals with ASD; experience conducting experimental research on cognition, cognitive neuroscience, and/or language processing.

Anticipated Hiring Range

Anticipated Hiring Range: $12.73 - $17.75
Grade: GGS 005
University Title: Research/Lab Technician II
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Application Materials

Completed online application, cover letter, and resume are required.
Applications must be submitted on-line through the University of Missouri website: (search for Job Opening 51441 ).

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with a targeted start date of August 15, 2024.

Other Information

At the Mizzou College of Health Sciences we work every day to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

As the home of the most popular major on campus, we teach Mizzou students who care about health and are dedicated to serving others. In addition to learning in the classroom, our students spend more than 80,150 hours helping patients every year.

Our faculty are driven to solve real-world problems. They lead the way by conducting research that has power and purpose. From expanding the use of technology in health care to improving mental health and learning in schools, we are discovering ways to make life better for everyone.

Through clinics and community outreach programs, we provide vital services to members of our community and training for our students. We are proud to serve Missourians today while preparing the workforce of tomorrow.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is not eligible for University benefits. Individuals in non benefit eligible positions may choose to participate in the Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (403b). For information about this plan, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.




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