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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in EEG Studies of Music and Language Processing

University of Reading - School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

Location: Reading
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 29th October 2021
Job Ref: SRF37297

We are seeking a PDRA to undertake research on music and language processing in autism and amusia using EEG methods.

The PDRA will be undertake EEG research for an ERC funded research project, CAASD, 678733, entitled “Cracking the pitch code in music and language: Insights from congenital amusia (CA) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).” The successful candidate is expected to conduct independent research using EEG methods on music and language processing in CA and ASD.

Specifically, the post holder will carry out EEG studies to compare music and language processing in English speakers with or without CA or ASD, in order to understand the underlying mechanisms of pitch processing in music and language.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD in psychology or a related discipline;
  • Knowledge of auditory processing, music cognition, and language processing;
  • Experience and skills of EEG methods for appropriate data collection and analysis, using advanced Matlab toolboxes such as the mTRF toolbox;
  • Excellent organisational skills, able to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously while maintaining attention to detail;

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further information.

Please include an academic writing sample of  1 – 2 pages with your application. Please incorporate this underneath your CV to attach to the application.

Interview date: 15th November 2021

Informal contact details

Contact role: PI
Contact name: Dr Fang Liu
Contact phone: 0118 378 8122
Contact email:

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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