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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Kent - English Language & Linguistics

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £34,189 to £39,609 per annum, Grade 7, appointment likely to be made at £34,189 per annum due to funding restrictions.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th July 2019
Closes: 18th August 2019
Job Ref: HUM-021-19

Location: Canterbury

Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 18 August 2019  (unless otherwise stated)

Interview Date: Tuesday 03 September 2019

Do you have expertise related to experimental research in phonetics and phonetic modelling? Do you have mathematical, statistical and computational skills (R, and Praat scripting at a minimum)?

This full-time, fixed term (for 36 months) Postdoctoral Research Associate position is attached to a European Research Council (ERC) funded Advanced Grant, titled SPRINT: "Speech Prosody in Interaction: The form and function of intonation in human communication" (ERC-ADG-835263) to Professor Amalia Arvanit, the Principal Investigator (PI). 

You will be working alongside the PI, other Postdoctoral RA(s), and lab manager dedicated to the project. SPRINT aims to investigate the phonetics, phonology and pragmatics of intonation in a number of varieties of English and Greek, examining both production and perception. The present post focuses on production in English

The successful applicant will work in the development, collection, analysis and modelling of English data, collected in the UK’s South East (mainly Canterbury) and Bristol. You will be expected to manage and undertake primarily quantitative research addressing the research questions tackled by the project, to author research papers on these questions, and to disseminate project research in seminars, workshops, conferences and public engagement activities. 

As Postdoctoral Research Associate you will:

  • conduct excellent quantitative research on the phonetics of English intonation, by helping design, and by collecting, analysing and modelling relevant data in Bristol and Canterbury.
  • contribute to the writing of research papers addressing the project’s research aims, in collaboration with the PI, other Postdoctoral RA(s), and senior staff member Dr Chris Cummins (University of Edinburgh).
  • undertake other scholarly activities to promote the project, nationally and internationally, including presenting the research at conferences and workshops, and contributing to the promotion of the project in social media and other online platforms.

To succeed in this role you will have:

  • a PhD completed (or very near completion) in Linguistics, Speech and Hearing, Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a closely related field 
  • native or near-native knowledge of English
  • a meticulous approach to record keeping, data collection and data entry
  • a willingness to travel to Bristol for data collection that may take 4-6 weeks 

The School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) is a one of the largest at the University of Kent, comprising six departments, Classical and Archaeological Studies, Comparative Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. It plays a major role in the University’s mission to be the ‘UK’s European university’ and prides itself on a strong sense of academic community.

Founded in 2010, English Language and Linguistics (ELL) is now an established and highly successful department in SECL, noted for the buoyant recruitment to its undergraduate and MA programmes and its internationally known research. 

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: HUM-021-19.

Further details: Job Description     Additional Information    

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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