Research Assistant

Opening Date:
19 Aug 2019
Closing Date:
1 Sep 2019
Salary Range:


City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (35% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last REF, City doubled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university: it has recently agreed a new Vision & Strategy 2026. Founded in 1894, City is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The Division of Language and Communication Science (LCS) at City is the largest provider of speech and language therapy education in the UK.

The purpose of the post is to work with the research team to recruit around 100 participants for a study looking at procedural memory and its relationships with language and literacy. Half of the participants will have intellectual disabilities (age range 11-15 years) and half will be mental age matched comparisons with typical development (anticipated age range 4-11 years). A substantial proportion of the recruitment and testing is already completed; the current role will involve completing the recruitment and testing for both groups.

The post-holder will conduct all recruitment and testing of study participants using these tasks and other standardized measures of general ability, language and literacy.

The post-holder will also carry out adaptive functioning interviews with primary caregivers of participants with intellectual disabilities, score and record all task performance, and have overall responsibility for data entry.

Person Specification

We are looking for an enthusiastic team-player with a relevant MSc or equivalent qualification (e.g., Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy) who has experience in recruiting children with and without developmental disorders from schools into research projects. We will also require experience in carrying out, recording and scoring standardised measures of general ability, language, literacy and memory.

Interviews are scheduled for 12 September 2019
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