Research Associate / Fellow (Fixed Term)

Closing Date
Friday, 17th December 2021
Job Type
School of Medicine, Hearing Sciences (Scottish Section)
£27924 to £40927 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £31406 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for the above post based in the Scottish Section of the University of Nottingham’s Hearing Sciences department, located in Glasgow. This is a thriving centre of research into how people use their hearing, how hearing impairment affects them, and how new technologies could help.

The successful candidate will develop and execute specific elements of a UKRI funded programme on predictive mechanisms in social interaction. This programme focuses on how people process speech when listening in conversation, and, specifically, how prediction of speech (in terms of content and timing) differs between people with normal and impaired hearing. The post-holder will use electroencephalography (EEG) to address oscillatory behaviour, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to investigate motor simulation. They will also have the opportunity to gain supervision experience, and to lead their own studies, as the project progresses.

Candidates must have a PhD (or near to completion) or equivalent experience in cognitive science, experimental psychology, neuroscience, or a related area. Duties will include designing and running experiments of speech and conversation behaviour, as well as taking the lead with complex data analyses to tie cognitive and neural processing to behaviours such as turn-taking. They will also oversee the work of a research assistant, and support PhD students on the programme. Key requirements are strong statistical skills, experience designing neural/physiological experiments with human participants, and enthusiasm for collaborating with others. Familiarity with the literatures on speech processing or language prediction mechanisms are desirable, as is expertise in relevant techniques (e.g., EEG or TMS). Further essential and desirable criteria are listed in the Role Profile.

This is a full-time post of 36.25 hours per week, fixed term to 31st December 2024. Arrangements for job share would be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Lauren Hadley: email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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