Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Reading - Psychology

We are seeking to appoint a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) for a period of 2.5 years on an ERC Starting Grant project, CAASD, “Cracking the pitch code in music and language: Insights from congenital amusia and autism spectrum disorders.” The research aims to investigate the underlying mechanisms of pitch processing in language and music through comparative studies of two neurodevelopmental disorders: CA – congenital amusia, and ASD – autism spectrum disorders. The two disorders demonstrate intriguing differences in music, language, emotion, pitch, memory, and cognitive processing that may provide us with a unique opportunity for examining the underlying mechanisms of normal music and language functioning.

The ideal candidate will have interest and expertise in music cognition and language processing, a track record of successful research, and the desire and capacity to develop an independent career as a high-quality researcher.

The supervisory team includes Dr Fang Liu from the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (Reading), and Prof Cunmei Jiang from Music College, Shanghai Normal University (China).

You will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject area.
  • An excellent track record as a research scientist performing high-quality research.
  • Suitable expertise in music cognition and language processing.
  • Strong communication and organisational skills.

Informal contact details
Contact role: Principal Investigator
Contact name: Dr Fang Liu
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 8122
Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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