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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Assistant to work on a longitudinal project investigating auditory and motor processing abilities and language development in infants using EEG and motion capture. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Psychology (Centre for Neuroscience in Education) and will be joining a team headed by Professor Usha Goswami (see: The position is available from 18th October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants should ideally have a degree in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics or a related discipline. Experience of working in the MATLAB environment and using EEGlab or similar EEG processing software would be essential, and experience of behavioural testing with infants and toddlers would be an advantage. Applicants will require the capacity to work independently within the current team to ensure the smooth running of the final year of the project (120 infants). Applicants will mainly carry out cleaning and pre-processing of EEG data as well as scoring and coding behavioural language assessments. Furthermore, the applicant will be expected to collect language data, via remote video link, with 42-month-old infants. Excellent organisational and communication skills are required, and prior experience with linguistic coding would be desirable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2022 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.

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Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Adam Attaheri ( or Professor Usha Goswami (

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Fiona Lyall Grant who is responsible for recruitment to this position (

Please quote reference PJ28032 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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