Research Assistant

Cardiff University - School of Psychology

We are seeking to recruit a bright and motivated researcher for a fixed-term 1-year Research Assistant position (full-time). The position is funded by the School of Psychology at Cardiff University to support Dr. Chiara Gambi’s research on the role that prediction plays in language use and learning, in adults and in preschool-aged children. 

You will conduct experiments exploring how linguistic expectations shape the way adults and children understand, use and remember new words and complex syntactic structures. The experiments will primarily use behavioural and/or eye-tracking measures. The key responsibilities will be designing and programming child-friendly paradigms (including for web-based experiments), along with data collection and analyses. Therefore, experience working or conducting research with children is required for this post. Previous knowledge with one or more of the following is desirable: behavioural psycholinguistics tasks, eye-tracking, programming (Python, Javascript), advanced statistical analysis (e.g., mixed-effects multilevel modelling in R).

It is an expectation that the post holder will travel to nurseries and preschools in and around Cardiff to collect data.

The successful candidate will work closely with Dr Chiara Gambi at the newly opened Cardiff University Centre for Human Developmental Science (CUCHDS), which is part of the School of Psychology.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Chiara Gambi,

The post is funded for a period of 1 year full-time, part-time applications will be considered. The position is available from 24th September 2018

Closing Date: Monday, 11 June 2018

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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