Research Associate

University of Sheffield - School of English

Contract Type: Fixed term until 30 September 2018
Working Pattern: 80% working commitment, days of working to be agreed.
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University?

We have an exciting opportunity for a researcher to work on the research project, Linguistic creativity in the discourse of National Trust holiday cottage guestbooks, which is a project funded by The British Academy and The Leverhulme Trust and based in the School of English.

The project examines the language used by visitors to The National Trust’s holiday rental cottages in the guestbooks situated in each property. Guestbook discourse captures tourists’ holiday experiences, providing a unique, permanent insight into otherwise transitory thoughts and interactions. Many of the books held in the Trust’s holiday cottages date back to the 1960s, providing a set of rich, longitudinal data which has hitherto remained unexplored.

You will be expected to work closely with the project team, initially assisting the Principal Investigator and the Co-Investigator in the organisation and anonymisation of the project data set, which consists of high-resolution images of the pages of rental cottage guestbooks. These images will then be uploaded in their anonymised form into NVivo qualitative coding software. You will assist the project team in the qualitative stylistic analysis and tagging of the data using NVivo.

We are seeking candidates with a PhD in English Language, Linguistics, Literary Linguistics or a related field (or equivalent experience), with evidence of sustained research in the study of the English language.

This post is a fixed term position from the 1 July 2018 to the 30 September 2018.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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