Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Psycholinguistics) – The Creative Power of Metaphor

University of Oxford - Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

Grade 7: £31,076 - £38,183 p.a. (pro rata for part-time)

The AHRC-funded Creative Multilingualism programme is conducting research on the interaction between multilingualism and creativity, and rethinking the identity of Modern Languages. We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to contribute expertise in psycholinguistics to the Creative Power of Metaphor, one of the programme’s seven research strands. 

The strand looks at the role of metaphor as a phenomenon that mediates between thought, language and action, and the research will be informed by the fields of cognitive linguistics, rhetoric and literary studies. The project’s objective is to enrich interdisciplinary understanding of metaphor, and in particular investigate the implications of linguistic diversity for the theory and practice of metaphor.

You will contribute to the design and execution of the research, collaborating with Professor Katrin Kohl on her research focused on metaphor and its contribution to the nexus between creativity and multilingualism. You will set up and conduct psycholinguistic experiments designed to test and explore aspects relevant to metaphor under the direction of Professor Aditi Lahiri. Where relevant, you will use the facilities of the Brain Laboratory in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, working under the direction of relevant staff in the laboratory. Your role will include collaborating in the preparation and writing of research papers and presenting research results effectively, including writing blog posts and contributing to the programme’s media presence. You will represent the strand at external meetings, and facilitate collaboration within both the strand and the broader Creative Multilingualism programme. In addition, you will help organise workshops, conferences, and public engagement events.

You will have a good first degree and a doctorate in linguistics or psycholinguistics, and a research interest in metaphor including familiarity with the theoretical field. You will have experience with eye-tracking and EEG, and be willing to receive further training in methods of psychological and/or psycholinguistic experimentation. In addition, you will have excellent written and spoken English, detailed knowledge of at least one other language, and evidence of an interest in linguistic diversity. Familiarity with a non-European language would be advantageous.

This fixed-term post is available on a full- or part-time (minimum 0.5 FTE) basis, starting as soon as possible. The length of the post depends on the FTE. At 1 FTE the duration would be 18 months. The maximum length is until 30 June 2020. You will be based in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Oxford.

Applications should be made online, and you will be required to upload a CV, a supporting statement and the names and addresses of two referees as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 11 September 2017.

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