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Internship & Job Opportunities

RA Opportunity:

Drs. Argyle, Busby, and Gubler are looking for 2 or 3 students to work as Research Assistants. The project is a collaboration with Computer Scientists to study how advances in artificial intelligence, particularly large language models like GPT-3 and ChatGPT, can be used in social science research. We’re particularly interested in the potential uses of these models to better understand political psychology, and whether there are applications that can help depolarize people’s opinions around highly contentious political topics.

Qualifications: We are looking for students who are comfortable with quantitative statistical analysis and interested in computational methods or artificial intelligence, but previous familiarity with large language models is not required. Most statistical work will be done using R, and we will provide training as needed. Any background in, or willingness to learn, coding in Python is also a plus. Students will need to be available for at least 10-15 hours per week, for the full 2023 calendar year, with possibilities for more hours or work beyond that timeframe.

Responsibilities: Students will be expected to help with a wide variety of research tasks, most of which will involve issues of research design, execution, and data analysis. This will include testing different survey and experimental tools, working with the computer science team to deploy specific uses of the language models, cleaning and organizing data, data analysis, and writing up research findings. There will be numerous opportunities for presenting the research at academic conferences and poster competitions throughout the calendar year.

Compensation: Research assistants will be paid $13.50 an hour.

Anyone interested in the position should send a resume/CV, unofficial transcript, and short statement (paragraph or two) of their availability and interest to Prof. Argyle at lpargyle@byu.edu. Please feel free to contact Prof. Argyle with any questions.