Research Fellow, Department of Psychology

Egham, United Kingdom
£37,467 to £39,608 per annum - including London Allowance
28 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
11 Oct 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Egham
Salary: £37,467 to £39,608 per annum - including London Allowance Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Tuesday 11 October 2022
Reference: 0922-427

Full-Time, Fixed-Term (24 months) 

Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology.

The position is in the N-CoDe (Neuroscience of Communication Lab), directed by Dr. Saloni Krishnan, which investigates cognitive and neural mechanisms in developmental disorders affecting communication. The group currently consists of one postdoctoral researcher and two PhD students. The post holder will be a member of this lab with responsibility for the provision of research support for an MRC-funded project, “Reward and motivation mechanisms supporting language learning: a cross-syndrome investigation of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and autism”. The position offers an exciting opportunity to develop and use state-of-the-art methods to build a framework of how reward and motivation affect language learning in DLD and autism. The role will involve testing children with DLD, autistic children and neurotypical children, and also scanning children in an MRI scanner. There is significant opportunity for skill development, including gaining experience of paediatric MRI and computational modelling methods.

The project team will consist of a dedicated postdoctoral researcher, research assistant, and PhD student. The post also offers the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Pablo Ripollés (NYU), Dr. Matthew Apps (Birmingham), and Dr. Kyle Jasmin (Royal Holloway). The team will also benefit from input from the grant advisory board, which includes Prof. Matt Davis (Cambridge), Prof. Francesca Happé (Kings College London), Prof. Courtenay Norbury (UCL), and Prof. Kathy Rastle (Royal Holloway).

The postholder would join an inclusive group embedded within thriving research-intensive department (ranked 3rd in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in REF2021, source: Times Higher Education). Royal Holloway has a dedicated MRI scanner, a strong MRI research community, and excellent research-practice links with schools. 

Essential criteria for the post include:

  • A PhD in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or similar (we are happy to consider candidates in the final year of their PhD, who are working towards submission)
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to research on language development and disorder, learning, and motivation
  • Excellent skills in task development, including some experience of programming tasks
  • High level of efficiency and good attention to detail in handling data
  • The ability to work independently and largely unsupervised, as well as in a collegiate manner with team members 
  • Excellent communication skills, in both writing and speaking. The job involves working with children so the researcher must be able to present information effectively.
  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check due to regulated activity involving children 
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours (weekends and/or evenings as needed including school holidays)

Desirable criteria include:

  • A first-authored paper in an international peer-reviewed journal/ preprint
  • Experience/ knowledge of acquisition and analysis of MRI data
  • Experience/knowledge of standardised assessments of language, social skills, and/ or cognition
  • Experience/knowledge of computational modelling 
  • Experience working with children in a research capacity
  • Experience working with individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g., DLD, dyslexia, autism)
  • Experience of and enthusiasm for open science practices

We recognise that it is very unlikely that candidates will meet all desirable criteria, and strongly encourage candidates to apply if they meet the essential criteria and some of the desirable criteria.

This is a full-time post, available from 15 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter for a fixed term of 2 years, with the possibility of extension to three years. The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact the PI Dr. Saloni Krishnan on find out more about the Neuroscience of Communication Development (N-CoDe Lab), please see 

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: 

Royal Holloway recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements.  We are happy to consider a request for flexible working for this post including part time working, occasional working from home, or compressed working hours.

Please quote the reference: 0922-427

Closing Date:   23:59, 11 October 2022­  

Interview Date: TBC