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Research Assistant I - Center for Childhood Deafness, Language, and Learning

Job ID REQ-2023-2716 Omaha, Nebraska

Works on various phases of human or animal research studies, including data entry and analysis, equipment calibration, preparation of materials and solutions, ordering of supplies, and scheduling of experiments. Recruits human subjects for study activities when applicable. Duties will vary widely depending on the type of laboratory assigned and research being performed.

SCHEDULE: Full-Time, Mon-Fri

*Please submit Cover Letter and 2-3 Letters of Recommendation to

Stacie Wiese at

The Emerging Language Knowledge (ELK) Lab is seeking two full-time Research Assistants. The lab, housed within Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE, works with toddlers who have delayed language development (late talking) and older children aged 3-6 years who have developmental language disorder (DLD). We focus on questions about language knowledge and

language processing at the word, sentence, and discourse levels. Our primary data collection methods include experimental behavioral tasks, eye tracking, parent questionnaires and interviews, and language sampling.

Duties for this position include participant recruitment and scheduling, participant assessment, experimental data collection, assisting in experimental design and coding, maintaining lab records and manuals, ordering and organizing lab supplies and equipment, assisting in preparing presentations and manuscripts, and collaborating with other team members. Occasional, infrequent work on evenings or weekends may be required for participant recruitment events and data collection.

This position is a great opportunity for someone who wants to expand their research expertise in preparation for a masters or PhD program and to create a robust plan for professional development in collaboration with the PI. The position is funded for at least one year with the possibility of renewal.”


  • Ability to apply knowledge gained through coursework in psychology, speech and hearing, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and/or computer science.

  • Ability to operate and calibrate lab equipment and other electronic devices.

  • Ability to operate a personal computer and audio equipment.

  • Ability to apply math aptitude in order to perform data analyses and generate results.

  • Ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to work directly with laboratory staff personnel and principal investigators.

  • Job requires interpersonal skills, close attention to details, math aptitude, independent analytical thinking, organizational skills and flexibility in duties performed.

  • Ability to participate in continuing education programs regarding laboratory safe practices.


  • High school diploma required.

  • Minimum of one year of college coursework or equivalent experience required.

  • Based on area of assignment, bilingual skills may be required.

  • If employed in the Cognitive Neuroscience department, Basic Life Support (BLS) certification within 90 days of transfer or hire required.

  • If employed in the Cognitive Neuroscience department, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certification within 30 days of transfer or hire required.


  • Coursework with an emphasis in psychology, speech and hearing, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or a research related area is preferred.

About Boys Town:

Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. With over a century of service, our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

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