Research Assistant / Associate

University of Sheffield - Human Communication Sciences

Contract Type: Fixed-term until 22 February 2018
Working Pattern: Part-time, working 21 hours per week
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
Location: Mushroom Lane, Sheffield
Salary: Grade 6
               £25,298 -£29,301 per annum pro rata
               Grade 7
               £30,175 - £38,183 per annum pro rata


We are seeking to appoint a part-time Research Associate or Research Assistant for 21 hours per week for a fixed term period until 22 February 2018, to work on a research project developing standardised assessments of aphasia in Eastern Arabic. The study is funded by an award from the Qatar National Research Fund (Grant No. NPRP 7-1506-3-390), with principal investigators Dr Tariq Khwaileh at the University of Qatar, and Dr Ruth Herbert at the University of Sheffield. Professor David Howard at Newcastle University is a consultant to the project.

You will be employed by the University of Sheffield but will also need to be able to work in London. You will therefore be based in principle in the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, and will be line-managed in Sheffield by the Principal Investigator, Dr Herbert. The majority of your time will be dedicated to data collection from people with and people without aphasia, who are native speakers of Eastern Arabic. Data collection will take place at hospitals and within the community in London so you will spend most of the data collection phase of the project in London. You will have access to support within a cognate department in London, including use of office space.

This post involves liaison with healthcare staff and the public, data collection from people with and without aphasia, and data management and analysis. You should have excellent communication and organisation skills, be familiar with neuropsychological assessments of language, have experience of working with people with aphasia, and be able to use appropriate software proficiently. Applicants will need a degree in speech and language sciences, or pathology, or a related subject such as psychology.

In addition for the Grade 7 post you will take a leading role in data analysis, lead the team’s dissemination strategy, be proactive in ensuring effective and consistent liaison between the project team members and propose initiatives for the project including the recruitment strategy. You should have experience of data collection and management, dissemination of research including writing reports, analytical and problem solving skills and effective organisation skills.

At the University of Sheffield you will be a member of the Department of Human Communication Science’s cognitive neuroscience research group. The department has established a reputation for high quality research and teaching in this field, and more specifically in the study of aphasia, with several staff members and a large group of PhD students actively engaged in aphasia research. To find out more about our aphasia research go to

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