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Part-time Senior Research Associate

Salary:   £33,518 to £38,832 Pro Rata
Closing Date:   Friday 17 November 2017
Interview Date:   Thursday 30 November 2017
Reference:  A2081

A Senior Research Associate (0.6 FTE) is being sought to work on a 5 year NIH/NICHD collaborative project between Arizona State University (Gray, PI), Kansas University Medical Center (Bridges, site PI) and Lancaster University (Cain, site PI). 

You should have a Ph.D. in psychology, linguistics, or a closely related discipline, with a focus on language and/or literacy development or disorders. You will work closely with Professor Kate Cain and Dr Robert Davies on a project to explore monolingual and bilingual reading comprehension. The main data collection takes place in the US, but the Lancaster site is pivotal for developing key reading comprehension measures, including reading time tasks, for overseeing the training of US RAs in administering those measures, and in overseeing the data-cleaning for those measures. 

You will be expected to take an active and leading role in developing papers for publication, including help with data analysis.You should have experience of designing and running online studies and good statistical analysis skills. Experience of advanced statistical techniques such as linear mixed effects or structural equation modelling is desirable. The ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible by public transportation is desirable.

This is a part-time, fixed term post.  The funds for this post are available for up to 5 years and are not renewable. The starting date for the position is 1st January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Enquiries regarding this post should be directed to Professor Kate Cain (

Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Services check.

The Department of Psychology provides a work environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, promoting a healthy work-life balance. We hold the Athena SWAN Bronze award, recognising our commitment to the representation of and support for women in the academic workplace. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. 

We particularly welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. 

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