Research Associate

University College London - Department of Culture, Communication and Media, in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in social science and education, ranked number one for education worldwide in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 QS World University Rankings. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment of university research, 94% of the Institute’s research was judged to be world class. The UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics has as its mission to promote the UCL Institute of Education as a centre of international excellence in research and teaching in the broad field of applied linguistics, including bilingualism and multilingualism, second language acquisition, intercultural communication, language-in-education policy and practice, language testing, multimodal communication, discourse analysis, professional/institutional communication, and English as a global language.

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH), together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), is Europe’s leading centre for child health research and teaching. Different sections within the Developmental Neurosciences Programme work in collaboration and use advanced MRI analysis techniques to identify brain-behaviour relationships in the developing brain.

We seek to appoint a postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a project entitled “Early childhood bilingualism: Effects on brain structure and function” and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The post holder will be responsible for the recruitment of 60 monolingual and bilingual school-aged children, data collection (cognitive assessments and brain MRI), data analysis, and dissemination of findings.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or near completion), or equivalent qualification in the fields of Neurolinguistics, Cognitive Neurosciences, Psychology, MR Physics or related disciplines. Essential skills include, but are not restricted to: advanced MRI analysis (e.g. tractography, resting-state fMRI); cognitive and/or language assessments; excellent oral and written communication; time management and initiative; ability to work independently and problem solve; ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team.

This post is available from 1st March 2018 and initially funded for 36 months. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy , please contact Professor Li Wei,  

UCL vacancy reference: 1713645       

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

Interview Date: TBC 

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

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