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Research Fellow

UCL - Experimental Psychology

Location: London
Salary: £35,965 to £38,993 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance, Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th September 2019
Closes: 31st October 2019
Job Ref: 1828522

Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology, UCL. The project, funded by a ESRC grant awarded to Jennifer Rodd in association with Kate Nation (University of Oxford), Rogier Kievit and Matt Davis (MRC CBU, Cambridge). 

This grant will systematically explore the development of spoken language comprehension across the lifespan. Specifically, the research aims to determine whether individual differences in comprehension skill are associated with differences in listeners' (i) stored lexical-semantic knowledge and/or to their (ii) executive control skills, and how these factors interact across the lifespan. In addition we will explore the causal factors that lead to high-quality lexical-semantic knowledge, exploring differences in both the external linguistic environment and in internal cognitive capacities. 

The successful candidate will be expected to design, conduct and analyse data from psycholinguistic experiments in both primary aged children and in adults using a combination of cross-sectional, longitudinal and intervention designs. They will be expected to assist with the supervision of a graduate research assistant who will assist with data collection/analysis. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the writing of manuscripts and presenting the data at international conferences. Strong support for personal and professional development will be available. 

Further information about the project is available at

This appointment is available from 1 January 2020 and is funded for 36 months, in the first instance. 

Applicants must hold a PhD, or have submitted their thesis, in psychology/linguistics or closely related discipline and have experience setting up, analysing and disseminating the results of experiments. The ability to work as part of a research team is essential, as is an enthusiasm for embracing open science practices. Advanced knowledge of statistical methods (e.g., mixed effects models, structural equation models and mixture modelling techniques) is highly desirable. 

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,479 - £33,194 per annum)  with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. 

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

Applications should include a cover letter, CV and the names and addresses of three referees. Applications should provide evidence of relevant data analysis skills and willingness to embrace science practices (e.g., links to materials/code that has been made publically available). Applicants should indicate in their cover letter one key publication/preprint that is available online that they would like the appointment panel to review in detail. 

General information about the Department is available at:, and specific information on the research group is available at:

Further information about the scientific aspects of the position can be obtained by contacting Jennifer Rodd at If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Sonia Theodoric,

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

Interview Date: TBC 

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

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