Research Fellow – Visual Communication

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1880505
  • Closes: 08th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team, led by Prof. Mairad MacSweeney, on a Wellcome funded project aiming to determine the Mechanisms of reading development in deaf children. The post-holder will be expected to lead a project which will conduct longitudinal studies to identify the role of visual language inputs in reading in deaf and hearing children. The research team consists of: (Prof. Charles Hulme; Dr. Fiona Kyle; Prof. Arne Lervg; Dr. Lizzie Buchanan-Worster). An advisory team, made up of deaf and hearing educational practitioners will also be involved in the design and running of the project.

The post-holder will be responsible for the design and running of the study, and associated experiments, data collection, data analysis and writing up results for publication. The post-holder will be based at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and will also be a part of the UCL Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL).

The post is offered full-time (1.0 FTE) for 2 years in the first instance with the possibility of further extension.

Key Requirements

You will have a PhD in psychology, or a very closely related discipline. Experimental psychology training, including experimental design and data analysis and knowledge of BSL or another sign language (equivalent to level 2 or above) are essential. You will be able to demonstrate a proven ability to analyse experimental research data independently and the ability to write up results for journal publication. Experience of conducting research with deaf adults or children is desirable.

Further Details

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UCL particularly welcomes applications from women, non-binary, LBGTQI+ and minority ethnic groups, as they are currently under-represented within UCL at these levels. DCAL also particularly encourages applications from deaf and disabled people.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

8 Dec 2021

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date

16 Dec 2021

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