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Research Assistant for MRI Study of Developmental Language Disorder

University of Oxford - Department of Experimental Psychology

Location: Oxford
Salary: Grade 6: £28,660 - £34,189 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th July 2019
Closes: 5th August 2019
Job Ref: 141633

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant to work with The Speech and Brain Research Group, headed by Professor Watkins on a project entitled “Identifying neural network abnormalities underlying developmental language disorder”. The aim of this project is to provide a detailed characterisation of structural and functional alterations in the brains of a large behaviourally well-characterised population of children with developmental language disorder.

The post is full-time, fixed-term for 6 months from 1 September 2019.

The role involves recruitment of children with language difficulties and data collection. The latter includes administering computerised or standardised behavioural tests and acquiring brain imaging data in children aged 10 - 15 years with and without language difficulties. Testing takes place mainly on weekends during term-time and intensively during the school holidays, so flexible working is required.

The successful candidate will hold an undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) in a relevant subject and be enthusiastic about research on development language disorders and MRI. You will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and the ability to interact well with children with developmental disorders and their caregivers.  Excellent organisation skills and the ability to work well under pressure are also required for this role. Experience of running a psychological or behavioural research project and using MRI to study brain structure and function are desirable. A working knowledge of programming or coding (UNIX, Matlab, Python or R) would be an advantage.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 5 August 2019.  It is anticipated that interviews will be held in the week of 12 August 2019. The starting date of the post will be on or after 1 September 2019.

Closing Date: 05-AUG-2019 12:00



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