Research Assistant (Laboratory Manager)

The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 23rd Nov 2021
  • Salary: £28,756 - £30,497per annum, pro rata
  • REF: 14262
  • Closes: 07th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary:£28,756 – £30,497per annum, pro rata

Closing Date: 7 December 2021

The Role

The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS) seeks you for the position of Research Assistant (Laboratory Manager). ECLS is an inter-disciplinary school with staff and students working in the fields of Speech and Language Sciences, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Communication and Education. Researchers in the school employ a variety of experimental methods including audio-visual, acoustic, and articulatory speech analysis, eye tracking, psycholinguistic experiments, and language learning paradigms and platforms.

You will support the research of academic staff and students in experimental and laboratory projects which take place in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences and across the faculty. This includes support for one of more of the following co-located labs:

  • A psycholinguistics lab with an eyetracker and a range of software programs for behavioural experiments and audio-visual transcription and editing facilities (e.g. EyeLink, Eprime, Labvanced, Gorilla, Adobe Editing Suite, ELAN, PRAAT etc.)
  • A phonetics lab with:
  • audio-visual recording facilities, including an anechoic chamber, edirol recorders for high quality auditory recordings for acoustic analysis and camcorders for video recordings.
  • articulatory recording facilities, including ultrasound tongue imaging, electropalatography, electro-glottography, and nasometry.

Please contact Ghada Khattab for any informal enquires.

Key Accountabilities

  • To contribute to the running of exisiting projects by supporting staff and students with participant recruitment and testing, and with the use of prograames such as Eye Link, Labvanced, Gorilla, Praat, ELAN, Matlab, Python, Ibex Farm, AAA (Articulate Assistant Advanced), and R.
  • To contribute to the development of research projects, working with staff to shape the research agenda and disseminate findings.
  • To contribute to laboratory related training and research, for instance by giving technical advice on the use of complex equipment and software and advising on research design, analysis and interpretation of results.
  • To oversee the day to day set-up, maintenance and smooth running of the laboratories. This will involve a) co-ordinating with IT service staff for any maintenance requirements or repair; b) ordering equipment and software; c) preparing software and equipment before experiments or training; d) managing an online booking system and coordinating work in the laboratory to ensure efficient use is made of equipment; e) ensuring lab access prior to recordings/experiments; f) developing relationships with equipment suppliers.
  • To oversee the use of the equipment by staff and PGR students, and advise on technical upgrades, assisting with resource planning and logistical development.
  • To attend training (e.g. for ultrasound or EPG) to keep up to date with relevant technical and theoretical issues.
  • To ensure that all health and safety procedures are understood and followed correctly when collecting participant data and using technical equipment
  • To liaise with academic staff to discuss timetables, equipment requirements, and work plans.

You will be supervised by jointly by the Head of School and the Director of the Experimental Linguistics Lab, who will agree specific duties and responsibilities.

You will be supported to carry out your own research and to play an active part of the research culture in the School.

This is a parttime post (0.8 FTE) working 29.6 hours per week. The role is a fixed term post covering Maternity Cover for a duration of 12 months.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Experience of working with some of the laboratory equipment used in experimental phonetics or linguistics.
  • Ability to co-ordinate with IT services to maintain and repair laboratory equipment and apparatus.
  • Ability to give technical advice to linguistics staff and PG students about some of the equipment and software used in experimental linguistic or speech and language sciences research.
  • Ability to ensure that all health and safety procedures and ethical procedures are understood and followed correctly when collecting participant data and using technical equipment.
  • Experience with coordinating and planning experiments.
  • Ability to supervise, plan and coordinate work in the laboratory to ensure efficient use of resources.
  • Ability to liaise with academic staff to discuss timetables, equipment requirements and work plans.
  • Ability to work independently and show initiative.
  • Ability to prioritise and balance competing demands.
  • Able to be responsive to feedback.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build effective relationships with colleagues and students.


  • Developed understanding of experimental phonetics or linguistics design.
  • Experience with conducting research related to speech and language sciences and/or applied linguistics.
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques in experimental research.

Attributes and Behaviours

  • Ability to work constructively and flexibly with colleagues.
  • Ability to organise co-operatively and efficiently.
  • Ability to explain the use of the use of equipment in a clear and coherent manner, both to students and to specialists.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Excellent IT skills.


  • MSc or MA, or equivalent, in a relevant field


  • PhD, or equivalentqaulification, in a relevant field

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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