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Research Associate (visual preferences in infancy and later language development)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: M&HS-05653

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/01/2015

Salary: £30,434 to £34,233 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Medical & Human Sciences

Division: -

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: 01 March 2015 to 28 February 2018

School / Directorate: ZZ Do not use School of Psychological Sciences

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the relation between visual preferences in infancy and later language development.

This post offers the opportunity to join a thriving research group at the University of Manchester, and become a member of the new ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD), a multi-million pound collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster. The aim of the project is to develop a better understanding of how early visual preferences in infancy relate to children’s later acquisition of sentence structure, for example the role of animacy and causality. The post will involve designing and carrying out studies to examine infants’ visual preferences and preschool children’s knowledge of sentence structure. This will require a good working knowledge of EEG techniques with infants, and an ability to work with infants and preschool children.

You will be based at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester working with Dr Anna Theakston, but the project also involves collaboration with researchers across the LuCiD Centre.

We are looking for a highly-motivated and independent researcher with experience in EEG techniques, and of working with infants or preschool children.  You must have, or expect to obtain, a PhD (or equivalent), in psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, or any cognate discipline.  An understanding of infancy research and/or of how children learn sentence structures is desirable. You must also have excellent statistical analysis and academic writing abilities.

The position is available from 01 March 2015 and is tenable until 28 February 2018

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Anna Theakston


The School of Psychological Sciences is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Bronze Award in 2013 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

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