Post Doctoral Research Fellow

City, University of London
December 03, 2023
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Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (over 40% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last decade, City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research. During this period, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realizing its vision of being a leading global university.


This is an exciting opportunity to work as a Research Fellow on the “Born In Covid Year – Core Lockdown Effects (BICYCLE)” project. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UKRI-ESRC Grant Number: ES/Y001400/1) and led by Professors Nicola Botting and Lucy Henry.

The BICYCLE project will investigate whether being born-in-lockdown affects later language and cognition. Babies born in 2020 experienced unprecedented disruption to their first social and communicative experiences, and there is already some evidence that these children are learning words more slowly. The role will involve assessing a large number of these children now they are 4 years of age (both online and in person), along with a group of children the same age but born later, when lockdowns had ended (born-after-lockdown). We also have a large existing questionnaire data set of children who were born- before-lockdown and who were toddlers during the lockdowns, gathered by Dr Gonzalez-Gomez for the SDDS project. The project will deliver new knowledge about how social isolation affects communication and cognition, and about the long-term effects of the lockdowns.


To manage and lead on recruitment of participant families with children who were born-in-lockdown in the early phase of the study; and to recruit participant families with children who were born-after-lockdown in a later phase of the study.

To lead on the collection of quantitative assessment data (standardised and novel language and executive functioning measures) from 4–5-year-olds born- in-lockdown, and those born-after-lockdown. To gather and assist with caregiver questionnaires from these families. Most of the data collection will be via an online video platform, but at least 15% of data will require direct in person testing in the London and South-East of England.

Person Specification

​You will need to be a highly skilled, dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic individual with a higher degree in a relevant field & completed PhD. You will be a systematic, rigorous, and well organised person; experienced in working with young children and families; and showing excellent attention to detail. You will have a strong understanding of quantitative data and statistical analyses, experience in successful recruiting for research, and excellent communication skills (both written and verbal). You will be passionate about environment and family effects on language and thinking skills in young children.

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 3rd December 2023 at 11:59pm

Interviews are scheduled for 19th December 2023.

The role is available from 15th January 2024. or earlier by negotiation.

As part of the interview process, shortlisted candidates will be required to provide links/ chapters from their PhD's.

Subject to agreement, relevant Professional Services roles may be undertaken in a hybrid way. This involves a combination of working on campus and at home each week.

Where hybrid working can be accommodated, specific arrangements will be agreed with the successful candidate before their start date. Regardless of where colleagues are working, City, University of London's premises will be their primary and contractual place of work.

City, University of London is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all its activities, processes, and culture for our whole community, including staff, students and visitors.

We welcome applications regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender identity, gender reassignment, marital status, nationality, pregnancy, race and ethnic origin, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background. City operates a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants.

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