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Lab and Research Coordinator, Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences

at University Of Montana

Posted: 9/6/2019
Job Reference #: 2333
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2333-254
Job Description

Julie Wolter, PhD, CCC-SLP of the School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences (formerly Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders) in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana is seeking a certified Speech-Language Pathologist to serve as Lab and Research Coordinator. This position is for Lab and Research Coordinator in Dr. Wolter's Language Literacy Essentials in Academic Development (LLEAD) Lab and associated Opportunities for Word Learning (OWL) research funded by the National Institutes of Health. The person in this position will conduct, lead, and coordinate research in the LLEAD Lab. Responsibilities include collaborating with Dr. Wolter, Dr. Crystle Alonzo (current Post-Doc Research Fellow) and an international team, on studies of spoken and written language development in children with and without developmental language disorder (DLD) and/or dyslexia, including the OWL longitudinal project of the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

This person is responsible for the day-to-day management of the OWL (Recruiting, training, and supervising project staff with assistance from Dr. Wolter and post-doctoral research fellow); recruiting, scheduling, and coordinating research participants and research program sites, including public and private schools; developing study materials; administering standardized, norm-referenced tests of language, cognition, literacy, and researcher-developed experimental protocols; and overseeing data processing/management, entry, and reliability measures. In addition to typical lab duties, the individual who has clinical certification in the American Speech Language Hearing Association as a speech-language pathologist to be able to clinically supervise graduate students as part of duties associated with the School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences.

Position Details

  • Position is part-time, 0.60 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters in Speech-Language Pathology
  • ASHA Clinical certification as an SLP
  • Demonstrated experience of excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and summarize relevant literature
  • Ability to devise and articulate a research plan with defined goals, and design sound experimental strategies with appropriate controls
  • Proven record and ability to produce research to a high publication standard
  • Ability to learn and apply new skills appropriate to conduct necessary research
  • Knowledge and experience in laboratory environment
  • Proven ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts (both orally and in writing) to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Ability and willingness to undertake collaborative research
  • Ability to supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to maintain a safe working and learning environment
  • Ability to achieve project goals within time and budget
  • Strong theoretical and empirical background
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge in the following techniques:
    • Two- or more years working with school-aged children in a research or educational clinical setting
    • Familiarity with experimental control software.
    • Familiarity with basic statistical software and analysis
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Good supervisory skills
  • Ability to manage several projects of a highly complex nature simultaneously
  • Ability to actively participate in professional development
  • Willingness to assist with the daily administration of the laboratory (lab safety, orderliness, supplies, and reporting)
  • Working knowledge of lab policies, procedures, and compliance issues
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge in some or all of the following techniques:
    • Experience working as a speech-language pathologist in the schools
    • Understanding of language-literacy theories and models
    • Familiarity with REDCAP or other multi-site data management systems
    • Familiarity with Research Management Systems
    • Experience working a lab funded by NIH
    • Record of coding for control software (E-PRIME)
    • Comfort with working via distance technology (Zoom)
    • Ability to be flexible and adaptable
    • Understanding of principles of assessment and ability to provide standardized language, literacy, cognitive tests.

About UM, the School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences, and Dr. Wolter’s LLEAD LAB Research Agenda

The School of Speech Language Hearing and Occupational Sciences is accredited with the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Faculty foster and enjoy interprofessional research and training collaborations across the United States, Montana, and University of Montana Campus. Regional and Campus partnerships include those with the Montana Cancer Center, University of Montana Brain Initiative, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, University of Montana Health Medicine Initiative, Montana Autism Center, Montana Digital Academy, and Institute for Research in Education, and College of Health Professions Interprofessional Center.

Julie A. Wolter, PhD, CCC-SLP is a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is a Professor and Chair of the School of the Speech. Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences where she also directs the Language Literacy Essentials in Academic Development (LLEAD) Lab. Dr. Wolter’s teaching and research interests in the areas of school-age language and literacy development, interprofessional collaboration, and dissemination of related evidence-based practices. Dr. Wolter studies the language skills of phonological awareness, morphological awareness, orthographic knowledge as they relate to how children with and without language and literacy disorders (LLD) including those with language impairment (LI) or developmental language disorders (DLD) and dyslexia develop language and literacy skills. Her long-term research aspirations are to conduct developmental research that provides an understanding of how children with and without LLD develop reading and writing and how best to assess and improve their literacy success. Dr. Wolter’s research program focuses on the following overall objectives: 1) To cultivate specific and sensitive early literacy assessment measures that may predict and identify children at risk for future literacy failure; 2) To determine how specific language skills such as phonological awareness, morphological awareness, and orthographic awareness are related and affect literacy success in children with and without LLD; and 3) To develop efficacious and effective treatment programs to facilitate literacy development in children with and without LLD. Dr. Wolter’s current research agenda is funded by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders focused on the understanding the multilinguistic influences on literacy success in students with and without DLD. Dr. Wolter serves as co-PI with Dr. Tiffany Hogan (Massachusetts’ General Hospital Institute of Health Professions) on this 5-year longitudinal grant (currently in year 2) to determine how orthographic knowledge, in addition to phonological and morphological awareness is significantly different between children with and without DLD and appears to predict early elementary literacy success. This research includes an team across the country and world (Royal Halloway University) and is focused on establishing important data for future related studies focused on the demonstration of the effectiveness and sensitivity of the innovative spoken and written word learning tasks to predict and measure language and literacy success in kindergarten, first, and second grade children with and without DLD. Dr. Wolter is also grant funded by U.S. Department of Education.

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How to Apply

Priority Application Date: August 6, 2019 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Applications received by priority due date will be guaranteed consideration. Applications reviewed immediately following priority due date and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below (online at http://umjobs.silkroad.com).

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest– addressing your qualifications and experience related the stated required skills for the position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Professional References– names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Job Location
Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type
Full-Time/Regular