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Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Psychology

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £45,548 per annum - including London Allowance
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 16 September 2022
Reference:  0722-323

Full Time, Fixed-Term (12 months)

Applications are invited for a 1-year, full-time Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London.

This position is funded by an ESRC research grant awarded to Professor Kathy Rastle in collaboration with Professor Marc Brysbaert (Ghent University, Belgium) and Professor Marco Marelli (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy). The project asks what children learn about language through reading experience, and involves a combination of corpus analyses, computational modelling and behavioural experiments.  This post will be focused on building distributional semantic models based on large corpora of children’s reading material. 

Applicants should hold a PhD in computer science, psychology or cognitive science, linguistics or a closely related discipline. They must have outstanding programming skills, especially in relation to the processing and quantitative analysis of textual data, and experience in the cognitive modelling and/or computational linguistics field. Experience with distributional semantics and with working with behavioural data from psychological experiments is an advantage. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic about using open science tools to increase the transparency and impact of the project. 

We offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including generous annual leave and training and development opportunities.  The successful applicant will be based in Professor Rastle’s lab in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. However, they will work very close with Professor Marelli and will be expected to travel to Italy as necessary.  

The planned start date is January 16, 2023, although there is some flexibility for the right candidate. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Kathy Rastle on 

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0722-323

Closing Date:   23:59, 16 September 2022

Interview Date:   TBC

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This position is not eligible for hybrid working.

Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.



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