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Speech and Language Therapist (Research Assistant)

Requisition ID:  21266

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  24-Sep-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Closing Date: 09 October 2022


The Role


We are looking for speech and language therapists to join a research study on language comprehension in young children. We are developing the UK version of a computerised assessment of language comprehension designed specifically for young children with severe movement problems. The post holder will be a Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist with experience of assessing language development in early childhood. No previous research experience is required.


The post will involve working with nurseries and schools to arrange data collection, assess children’s language. You will join a multicentre research team specialising in augmentative and alternative communication from Newcastle, Manchester, London, Dublin, and Amsterdam. 


There are a number of part time posts (10% or 20% FTE) and they are fixed term for 5 months.  Secondments are welcome.


Salary is equivalent to AFC Band 5 £25,655 to £31,534 pro-rata.


Further information can be obtained by contacting

Key Accountabilities

The responsibilities of the successful applicant will be:The responsibilities of the successful applicant will be:

  • To organise and conduct assessments of young children’s language and cognitive development for a research study.
  • To keep accurate records of children’s performance during assessment sessions.
  • To work to ensure projects are completed on time and that information is disseminated appropriately
  • To assist the research team in disseminating information to schools and families through a variety of media.
  • To be aware of and comply with research governance and data protection legislation. 
  • To attend online meetings and other events appropriate to the project and give progress reports as required.
  • To undertake other tasks related to the projects as required by the PI, commensurate with the grade of this post.
  • To identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills
  • To contribute to activities associated with the running and administration of the Institute, or perform other duties, as required by the Dean of Institute


The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Ability to accurately assess and diagnose language disorder in children.
  • Experience of carrying out research/clinical audit within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard 
  • Experience of working in nursery, preschool and school settings
  • Ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with others, but also to work independently
  • IT literate with evidence of understanding and experience in management of databases, including accurate data entry of quantitative data 
  • Excellent communication skills with children and families (and understanding that they may be under stress)
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities
  • Current driving licence
  • Car owner
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Experience of working with children with motor disorders and their families 
  • Experience of working to agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing work to an appropriate standard 


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Motivated, proactive researcher



  • A good first degree in speech and language sciences/therapy
  • HPC registration as a speech and language therapist


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 21266