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Research Associate in Language and Literacy

Salary:   £28,331 to £32,817
Closing Date:   Monday 02 December 2019
Interview Date:   Friday 20 December 2019
Reference:  A2892

A Research Associate is being sought to work on Language 0-6: Transition to Literacy, a study following a longitudinal cohort of children into school, a strand of work within The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD). You will be working directly with the research team based at Lancaster University: Professor Kate Cain, Professor Padraic Monaghan, and Dr Katie Alcock.

You should ideally have a Ph.D. in psychology, linguistics, or a closely related discipline, with a focus on language and/or literacy development or disorders. The position is for 18 months. 

The work will involve recruiting participants, completing assessment of language and literacy in the children’s schools or homes, scoring, inputting and analysing data, and supporting the development of papers for publication. You will also be expected to take an active role in user-engagement and impact-related work with users of research and be engaged with the broader research agenda of LuCiD. The participants are based around the Liverpool area, so the ability to travel independently is an advantage. The appointment will be dependent on a successful DBS application. 

Established in 2014, the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) is a multi-million pound 10-year collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster, and affiliated institutions abroad. The Centre uses multi-method approaches to study how children learn to communicate with language, how the developing brain supports this process, and how it is affected by cross-linguistic, socio-cultural and individual variation. LuCiD’s current research agenda builds on what we have learned in the first five years of the Centre and extends this to three new research streams:

  • FROM VARIATION TO EXPLANATION: Understanding development in different learners and different languages.
  • FROM SIMPLE TO COMPLEX: Scaling up from lab-based studies to real-world language learning

LuCiD’s Research Agenda is complemented by:

1.    a Technology Agenda that will create new integrated multi-method research designs of direct benefit to language researchers and healthcare and education practitioners

2.    a Communications Agenda for disseminating findings to commissioners and policy-makers, healthcare and education professionals, parents and the public, and other key stakeholders.

3.    a Capacity-Building programme that will develop future leaders, ensure that progress is maintained beyond the life of the Centre, and secure the future of UK research in the area.

The starting date for the position is 2nd January 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 2 years and the post is not not renewable

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

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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