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Research Associate
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-017966

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/01/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £35,326 (pro rata) per annum(depending on experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: Manchester Institute of Education

Hours per week: 0.8fte

Contract Duration: starting 1 April 2022 until 30 September 2024

School / Directorate: School of Environment, Education and Development

We are looking for an ambitious, collegiate and motivated Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on an ESRC funded project to adapt and evaluate a parent-delivered early language intervention (Parents and Children Together; PACT for young children with Down syndrome. This project involves: 1) A pilot study with a small group of parents and children to explore adaptations to the existing PACT programme; 2) A feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT).  

This project offers an exciting opportunity for the post holder to develop their research skills and contribute to early language intervention research and practice for children with Down syndrome. Under the guidance of the Principle Investigator, Dr Kelly Burgoyne (University of Manchester), and the Co-Investigators Professor Vesna Stojanovik and Dr Emma Pagnamenta (University of Reading) the post holder will be responsible for key aspects of the project including participant recruitment; day to day contact with families taking part in the project; conducting home visits with families; data collection (including administering language assessments with young children with Down syndrome, and conducting focus groups and interviews with parents), data coding and data entry; supervision of casual research assistants; data analysis and reporting; and dissemination and writing activities.

The post holder will have a PhD in Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, or a related discipline, and experience conducting language and communication research with children. Experience working with families and individuals with Down syndrome, and of conducting assessments, developing/delivering intervention and/or training with children with intellectual disabilities and their families would be an advantage. The candidate will have strong knowledge and experience of quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis, and will be skilled in using a range of software packages (e.g. MS Office; SPSS; NVivo). The post holder will be able to manage their own workload and prioritise tasks, and will have excellent interpersonal skills to liaise with participants and ensure clear communication throughout. Good problem solving and decision making skills are needed to make day to day decisions and overcome potential challenges.

Although the post is based in Manchester, the role will require some travel across the North-West to visit families. Some occasional evening and weekend working may be required.   The appointment will be subject to successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered           

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Kelly Burgoyne, Lecturer in Psychology and Education


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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