Research Assistant on the Surrey Communication and Language in Education Study (SCALES) x 2

University College London - UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences Language and Cognition

Applications are invited for two Research Assistant posts in the Literacy, Language and Communication Lab (LiLaC) in the Research Department of Language and Cognition at UCL ( The positions are funded by an ESRC grant awarded to Professor Courtenay Norbury entitled Predictive Relationships between Language and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (ES/R003041/1). This will involve a follow-up of the SCALES cohort when the children are in Years 6 and 8 of mainstream education. The post requires an enthusiastic and mature individual who will liaise with schools and families and take responsibility for the assessment of young people, some of whom have language, communication and/or behavioural problems. The role will entail extensive travel to schools across Surrey, testing child participants with a range of developmental measures, scoring/entering/transcribing data, and helping in data analysis and preparation. The primary aim of the study is to systematically assess how children with and without language disorder use verbal language to identify, process, and regulate their own and other people’s emotions and emotional responses. Findings from this study will help to inform a mechanistic account of why language, and language disorder, is longitudinally associated with social, emotional and mental health outcomes. This will help to identify potential targets for remediation that support vulnerable young people with language disorder.

These posts are funded for 1 year in the first instance, though there is funding to extend one of the posts for a further two years. Please indicate in your application whether you wish to be considered for the 3-year-post. The preferred starting date for both posts is 8 January 2018.

The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational and communication skills and a first class undergraduate degree in psychology, speech-language therapy, education or a related discipline OR an upper second class degree in any of the above and masters level study in a relevant subject area (e.g. developmental disorders or developmental psychology), OR an undergraduate degree in one of the above AND experience of working as a qualified education professional or speech-language therapist. The ability to work flexibly as part of a busy research team and a willingness to travel to schools in Surrey for testing purposes is also essential.

UCL vacancy reference: 1676683

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Enquiries can be sent to Prof Courtenay Norbury and for information about the application process, please contact Sonia Theodoric,

Closing Date: 25 October 2017

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: Week beginning 2nd November

Any offer of employment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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