Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics University of Reading, School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics

Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF27858


Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 25/02/2019

Job live date: 28/01/2019

Salary: £30,395 - £34,189 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Division: Not specified

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-Time, Fixed Term


Applications are invited for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics to join the Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics Lab at the University of Reading, to work on a Leverhulme Trust funded research project on sentence comprehension in native and non-native English speakers. The aim of the project is to investigate which factors influence successful non-native language acquisition and processing, with a particular focus on how the phenomenon of similarity-based interference influences sentence processing during native and non-native reading comprehension. We are seeking a highly-capable and highly-motivated researcher with excellent organisational, interpersonal and analytical skills to make a positive contribution to this project.


The successful candidate will have:

  • excellent organisation and project management skills, and an ability to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously while maintaining a high level of attention to detail;
  • excellent communication skills, and the ability to work in collaboration with other project members and staff at Reading;
  • extensive experience of running psycholinguistic experiments with adults, especially eye-tracking during reading;
  • extensive experience of data visualisation and statistical analysis using mixed-effects models;
  • a PhD (or soon to obtain a PhD) in Linguistics, Psychology or closely related discipline.

The Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics Lab is part of The School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences (PCLS) at Reading. PCLS was ranked in the top 20 (15th) in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. It comprises approximately 180 academic, research, clinical and professional & administrative staff. There are three major research divisions within the School (Psychopathology & Affective Neuroscience; Perception, Cognition & Nutrition; Language, Development & Ageing), three NHS research clinics (Anxiety & Depression; Speech & Language Therapy; Dementia), an independent Centre for Autism and the Charlie Waller Institute. It is home to the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, and has close links to the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism.


For informal enquiries about this post please contact Dr Ian Cunnings ( The post is available on a Fixed Term contract for 36 months.


Interview date: 11/03/2019

Informal contact details

Contact role:

Principal Investigator

Contact name:

Dr Ian Cunnings

Contact phone:

0118 378 5538

Contact email:


The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. 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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