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Research Fellow

University College London - Department of Psychology and Human Development

Location: London
Salary: £35,328 to £42,701 UCL Grade 7 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th February 2019
Closes: 13th March 2019
Job Ref: 1792323

The UCL Institute of Education is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow for a 3-year contract to work with Professor Chloë Marshall (Principal Investigator) on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project entitled “Breaking into sign language: The role of input and individual differences”. 

The project aims to investigate how hearing adults learn a sign language, and focuses on what they can learn on their very first exposure to this new language in a new modality. The project comprises two strands. Strand 1 (in collaboration with Dr Vikki Janke, University of Kent) investigates how adult learners of sign use their hands to represent the locations of different objects in different spatial arrangements. Strand 2 (in collaboration with Professor Marianne Gullberg, Lund University, Sweden) investigates how much sign language adults can learn after just a few minutes of viewing sign. The Research Fellow will be appointed to work principally on Strand 2, but will also support some of the research in Strand 1.

The Research Fellow’s duties will include:

  • Building behavioural experiments using PsychoPy or equivalent software
  • Recruiting hearing adults to participate in the research study
  • Collecting, organising and managing experimental and cognitive test data
  • Coding gesture and sign language data
  • Analysing data using R or equivalent statistical package
  • Preparing research findings for dissemination in the form of conference and workshop presentations, and journal articles

This post is available from 1 June 2019 and funded until 31 March 2022 in the first instance.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates who are Deaf/deaf and hard of hearing. 

A doctorate in psychology, psycholinguistics, applied linguistics, sign language linguistics, or cognate discipline relevant to this project; experience of conducting experimental research; and experience of analysing quantitative data using the R statistical package (or equivalent). 

Experience of building experiments using PsychoPy (or equivalent) would be desirable.

UCL vacancy reference: 1792323       

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

For further details about this post, please contact Professor Chloë Marshall, (

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

Interview Date: 23 April 2019

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