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Research Assistant (Speech & Language Therapist)

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 25th Aug 2021
  • REF: 11084
  • Closes: 08th September 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 – £29,614with progression to £30,497 per annum

Closing Date: 8 September 2021

The Role

The research assistant post holder will lead the collection of data from typically developing young children in on a study that will develop a UK version of a computerised assessment of language comprehension designed specifically for young children with severe movement problems. The assessment is called the ‘C-BiLLT’. It was originally developed in The Netherlands and has been translated into British English by the study team. The study aims to create norms for the assessment, by assessing typically developing children aged 18 months to five years of age using the UK C-BiLLT, the PLS5 and an assessment of nonverbal cognition.

At the end of the study, the UK C-BiLLT will be ready for speech and language therapists to use with children with severe motor problems to create and evaluate individualised therapy and education programmes.

A secondment fromthe NHS will be considered.

This role is available on a fixed term basis for a period of 12 months. For informal enquiries, please contact:lindsay.pennington@newcastle.ac.uk

Key Accountabilities

The responsibilities of the successful applicant will be:

  • To organise and conduct assessments of young children’s language and cognitive development for a research study
  • To obtain research governance permissions in participating sites where data collectiontakes place
  • To keep accurate records of children’s performance during assessment sessions.
  • To work to ensure the project is completed on time and that information is disseminated appropriately
  • To enter data onto statistical software
  • To disseminate information to schools and families through a variety of media.
  • To contribute to the preparation of reports and papers for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings
  • To assist in preparing papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals and project summaries suitable for lay audiences
  • To be aware of and comply with, research governance and data protection legislation.
  • To attend meetings and other events appropriate to the project and give progress reports as required
  • To undertake other tasks related to the projects as required by the PI, commensurate with the grade of this post.
  • To identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills
  • To contribute to activities associated with the running and administration of the Institute, or perform other duties, as required by the Dean of Institute

The Person – Essential

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Ability to accurately assess and diagnose language disorder in children.
  • Experience of carrying out research/clinical audit within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Experience of working in nursery, preschool and school settings
  • Ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with others, but also to work independently
  • IT literate with evidence of understanding and experience in management of databases, including accurate data entry of quantitative data
  • Excellent communication skills with children and families (and understanding that they may be under stress)
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Experience of working with children with motor disorders and their families
  • Experience of working to agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing work to an appropriate standard
  • Skills in direct assessment of children with disabilities, across a range of intellectual ability (desirable)
  • Experience of working to agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing work to an appropriate standard

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Motivated, proactive researcher


  • A good first degree in speech and language sciences/therapy
  • HPC registration as a speech and language therapist

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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