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Senior Research Associate in Psychology

Location:  Bailrigg
Salary:   £38,205 (Full time, indefinite until 31st July 2025)
Closing Date:   Sunday 02 June 2024
Interview Date:   Thursday 20 June 2024
Reference:  0077-24

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University is seeking to appoint a full time Senior Research Associate, to join a research project on infant language development.

The project you will be working on is titled “The Origins of Infant Word Learning”, and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project will investigate how hearing words influences how 6- to 18-month-old infants see objects, how the ways that adults talk about objects lead to these effects, and how this process ultimately leads to word learning.


You will:

Be able to demonstrate relevant educational attainment and research experience in the area of infant and/or language and cognitive development.

Have experience of conducting infant behavioral research.

Be able to demonstrate competence with designing and conducting theoretically-driven developmental research, state-of-the art data analysis, open science practices, scientific writing, and critical thinking.


Generous holiday leave - 25 days (pro-rata) annual leave plus University closure days and bank holidays.

Access to employee pension scheme, and annual flexible benefits scheme.

We are committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion across the Faculty, and supporting family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in Higher Education and research.  

The Psychology Department is a busy teaching and research active Department.  It is home to a friendly group of over 40 Academic staff, with teams of Research and Professional Services and Technical staff.   The Department supports a large cohort of Undergraduate students; a thriving group of Masters and Postgraduate research students; and a wide range of research projects including several cross-institution grants. 

Further information about the Department is available at:

Please upload a cover letter with your application. 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups, and for this full-time post, we expect a start date in July, 2024. 

This role is indefinite subject to funding, and is currently available until July 2025 with the possibility of extension.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be addressed to Dr. Jill Lany, Senior Lecturer, at

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