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The Department of Applied Linguistics is seeking a Research Assistant in the field of applied linguistics, with a focus on adult second language learning and adult and workforce education. Specialization or interest in Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) is a plus. The ideal candidate would have a background in second language learning theories and some exposure to qualitative research. S/he must be flexible in working both in Boston, as well as occasionally traveling to Springfield and Worcester, MA. The duration of the appointment will be for the nine months starting immediately and the time commitment will be 13 hours per week.

Major Areas of Responsibility include:

  • Work alongside a team of researchers in collecting, preparing and analyzing data
  • Traveling to different research sites to conduct interviews and administer tests and surveys
  • Assist with the development of research material (assessment tools, interview protocols, consent forms, etc)
  • Assist with the writing of the Final Research Project

The Research Assistant will be trained in data collection, coding and analysis.

The SODEXO/BABBEL/UMASS Research Project is an exploratory study investigating mobile application language learning opportunities, app usage and its impact on the app users’ lives, work and social mobility.


Job Requirements

The ideal candidate must be currently in an MA Program, or already holding an MA degree in Applied Linguistics or relevant field. S/he should be bilingual in English and Spanish and/or Portuguese. Must have demonstrated good written and oral communication skills. Cross-cultural experience is preferred.


How to Apply:

Please indicate your interest by submitting your CV and a cover letter to:

Panayota Gounari, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Applied Linguistics

University of Massachusetts Boston

Deadline: Until position filled



Preliminary information for the May 2018 comp-exam is posted in the comp-exam group (Date, Location, RSVP form). For InfoPost see here.

UMass Boston Recognized on U.S. News 2018 List of Best Online Programs

Several of UMass Boston’s online programs are ranked among the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in an annual list of Best Online Programs released this week (including ours :-) ). More here --> (university press release)


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