Research Associate

University of Sheffield - School of Languages & Cultures

Contract Type: Fixed term for a period of 3 years

Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Location: Jessop West, 1 Upper Hanover Street, S3 7RA


The School of Languages and Cultures is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a Leverhulme-funded project that aims to develop new ways of describing what speakers know about their language to make learning foreign languages easier. The project is led by Dr Dagmar Divjak [] in collaboration with Dr Petar Milin [].

More information about the project is available on

The project will involve interdisciplinary research in linguistics, psycholinguistics and computational modelling. You will be required to design and conduct empirical studies with adult speakers of English and Polish to investigate their knowledge of noun and verb systems in production and comprehension, carry out statistical data analysis, collaborate with other project team members, and contribute to the dissemination of the research results through conference presentations and journal publications.

You should have a PhD in Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Psychology of Language, Cognitive Science, or a related relevant discipline (or have equivalent experience). You should have excellent experimental skills, with research experience in psycholinguistic research methods (especially self-paced reading and eye-tracking) and advanced statistical analysis. Demonstrable research experience in linguistic analysis and corpus linguistic techniques would be an advantage. The ability to work within a team and to support other researchers is essential to this post, as is willingness to travel and learn Polish.

We are also seeking to appoint a second Research Associate / Research Fellow on this project – post reference UOS015383

The post offers the opportunity to join a multidisciplinary team consisting of linguists, psychologists and computer scientists, hosted by one of the largest Schools of Modern Languages in the UK. The team will have access to brand-new experimental facilities (the HumLab) and members will receive training and development in psycholinguistics and corpus linguistics, as well as in advanced statistical data analysis.

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