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Research Assistant

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 16th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £29,152 - £34,153 per annum
  • REF: 1874715
  • Closes: 02nd March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The post-holder will be based at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, which hosts world leading research into the human brain and the autism@icn group with a long history of autism research. The role will also involve travel to a school in west London.

The project is led by Prof Antonia Hamilton (ICN), collaborating closely with Dr Jamie Ward (Goldsmiths, Computing), Prof Sally Day (UCL, Electronic and Electrical Engineering) and Thomas Gilbert (research engineer).

This position offers a unique opportunity to evaluate a new technology to help autistic children and their teachers interact in the classroom.

We have recently found differences in how typical and autistic children coordinate their movements during social interactions, and developments in wearable sensors mean that we can now measure this social engagement in the classroom (see http://www.antoniahamilton.com/Ward_ISWC_2018.pdf). If teachers can access data on how children are engaging, this will help them build better lessons. This project will link up research in neuroscience, computing and engineering with the aim of building a practical sensing tool that can help autistic children in schools and their teachers.

We have funding to test our sensors in a classroom environment. We seek a research assistant to coordinate and implement this testing, working closely with our research engineer.

This post is funded by an ERC Proof-of-concept grant and is available for 6 months. The start date for this post will be in spring 2020 (if lockdown allows schools to reopen)

Key Requirements

The post holder will have a BSc or MSc in psychology or a closely related subject. Experience in working with children with learning difficulties and/or autism, ideally in a school environment and collecting and analysing data for psychological research, ideally from children is essential.

A clean enhanced DBS check is essential because the role involves visits to schools.

Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Work location

Lab work will take place at UCL and data collection will take place in a school in west London. UCL also encourages working from home when feasible to reduce the risk of covid-19.


If you have any queries regarding this vacancy, please contact Antonia Hamilton at a.hamilton@ucl.ac.uk or Jamie Ward J.Ward@gold.ac.uk.

You can find out more about our research on www.antoniahamilton.com and http://www.jamieward.net/index.html.

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Closing Date

2 Mar 2021

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

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

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