Research Assistant in Psychology

Manchester, United Kingdom
£27,025 - £31,302 per annum
28 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 22/10/2018
Salary : £27,025 - £31,302 per annum 
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Human Communication, Development & Hearing
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : 1 November 2018 Until 10 September 2020

A research assistant is required to support a project funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. The project is a Randomised Controlled Trial of a parent-delivered language teaching programme for pre-school children who are at risk of language delays. The successful candidate will work in the School of Health Sciences alongside the Principal Investigator (Dr Kelly Burgoyne) on all aspects of the project. Principle research activities include: recruiting schools and families to the project; administering language assessments to pre-school children, and scoring and entering data; training parents and school staff to use the teaching programme; and providing ongoing support to families and schools taking part. 

This post offers an exciting opportunity for candidates to develop their research skills on a large-scale Randomised Controlled Trial of a teaching programme which may be beneficial for children at risk of language delays.

You will have at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in psychology or a related discipline (e.g. education; speech and language therapy) plus a keen interest in child development. Experience of working with young children, and/or experience of working closely with parents and education professionals, is desirable. You will have good knowledge of a range of software packages (e.g. MS Office; SPSS). You must be able to work flexibly and independently, and build effective working relationships. You will also be highly organised, with strong prioritisation skills, and have good time management skills.

The role will involve liaising regularly with parents and school staff; as such the post holder will be expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills. Although the post is based in Manchester, the role will require travel to visit schools and families taking part. Some occasional evening and weekend working may be required. The appointment will be subject to successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Kelly Burgoyne


Tel: 0161 3061672

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

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