Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology [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 position is in the N-CoDe (Neuroscience of Communication Development Lab), directed by Dr. Saloni Krishnan, which investigates cognitive and neural mechanisms in developmental disorders affecting communication. 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 a thriving research-intensive department (ranked 3rd in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the UK 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.

The College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. We are happy to consider requests for flexible working.

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 visit

To view further details of this post, including essential and desirable criteria, and to apply please visit

Closing date: 20th November 2022

Name of lab: N-CoDe (Neuroscience of Communication Development Lab)

Name of supervisor: Dr. Saloni Krishnan