Research Assistant - Language and Cognition University College London, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences United Kingdom

Research Assistant


UCL Department / Division

Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Specific unit / Sub department

Language and Cognition

Location of positionLondon


Hours Part Time

Hours per week (%FTE)21.9 hours per week (60% FTE)

(inclusive of London allowance)£30,922 per annum

Salary pro-rata for part time vacancies

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a part-time Research Assistant post in the Literacy, Language and Communication Lab (LiLaC) in the Research Department of Language and Cognition at UCL (


The position is funded by an ESRC grant awarded to Professor Courtenay Norbury entitled Predictive Relationships between Language and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (ES/R003041/1). This will involve a follow-up of the SCALES cohort when the children are in Years 8. The post requires an enthusiastic and mature individual who will liaise with schools and families and take responsibility for the assessment of young people, some of whom have language, communication and/or behavioural problems.


The role will entail extensive travel to schools across Surrey, testing child participants with a range of developmental measures, scoring/entering/transcribing data, and helping in data analysis and preparation. The primary aim of the study is to systematically assess how children with and without language disorder use verbal language to identify, process, and regulate their own and other people’s emotions and emotional responses. Findings from this study will help to inform a mechanistic account of why language, and language disorder, is longitudinally associated with social, emotional and mental health outcomes. This will help to identify potential targets for remediation that support vulnerable young people with language disorder.


This post is funded for 1 year in the first instance.


The preferred starting date is 15th August 2019.

Key Requirements

The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational and communication skills and a first class undergraduate degree in psychology, speech-language therapy, education or a related discipline OR an upper second class degree in any of the above and masters level study in a relevant subject area (e.g. developmental disorders or developmental psychology). The ability to work flexibly as part of a busy research team and an ability to travel independently to schools in Surrey and on occasion further afield for testing purposes is also essential.

Further Details

A job description and full person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.


To apply online, please click the "Apply Now" button below.


Enquiries can be sent to Prof Courtenay Norbury and for information about the application process, please contact Sonia Theodoric,

UCL Taking Action for Equality

Closing Date

29 Mar 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date

25th April 2019

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

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

This role does not meet the eligibility requirements for a tier 2 certificate of sponsorship under UK Visas and Immigration legislation. Therefore UCL will not be able to sponsor individuals who require right to work in the UK to carry out this role.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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