Research Assistant – Executive Functions in Deaf Children

University College London, UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 6. The salary will be £28,338 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.


Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant on the project Executive Function in Deaf Children, based at DCAL, the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at UCL under the direction of Professor Gary Morgan. This project studies how deafness and language learning experience (both signing and speech) impact on executive function, working memory and associated verbal and non-verbal cognitive abilities with the aim of elucidating the relationship between language and related cognitive skills within a developmental framework.

The post holder will carry out research into deaf children’s cognitive developments, as well as, manage a data base of 120 primary school age deaf and hearing children already recruited into the study. This research will involve checking the completeness of scores from language and cognitive tests, scoring assessments already carried out when necessary, keeping close contact with the families of these children with updates and news of forthcoming testing, coordinating project meetings and all communication with the grant holders, researchers, technical and deaf liaison support workers and contributing to preparation of reports and publications. You will also test a subgroup of the children already recruited with a second set of language and cognitive tests focusing on executive function.

This post is funded for 18 months in the first instance.

The successful candidate must have a good first degree in a relevant subject such as Psychology or Speech & Language Therapy, as well as BSL CACDP level 2 or above. The post-holder must have previous experience of testing deaf and hearing children aged 5-14 years using BSL where appropriate at home and at school. Excellent face to face and written communication skills are essential, as well as interpersonal skills with both deaf and hearing people.

UCL Reference: 1343843.

Applicants should apply online. Please click the ‘Apply’ button below.

Applications should include a personal statement and CV.

For informal queries, please contact Professor Gary Morgan, email: For information about the application process, please contact Manjula Patrick, email:

Closing Date: 26 July 2013

Interview Date: To be confirmed


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