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Senior Research Associate

Linguistics & English Language
Salary:   £35,326 to £40,927
Closing Date:   Monday 30 May 2022
Interview Date:   Tuesday 14 June 2022
Reference:  A3744

This position is Fixed-term post beginning 1st September 2022 for 30 months

The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University seeks to appoint a Senior Research Associate (a post-doc) to work full time for 30 months on a project funded by the British Council’s Future of English scheme. You will work with Dr Dana Gablasova (Principal Investigator), Dr Raffaella Bottini, Dr Vaclav Brezina and Prof Luke Harding on the project “Linguistic demands of EMI in Higher Education: A corpus-based analysis of reading and writing in university settings in China, Italy, Thailand and the UK.” The aim of the project is to build and analyze a large corpus of academic reading and writing in university-level English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) contexts. 

Working closely with the Principal Investigator, you will be remotely coordinating data collection at the six partner universities in China, Italy and Thailand (the post will be located at Lancaster University) as well as collecting data at Lancaster University. Under the guidance of the Principal Investigator and the Co-Investigators, you will be responsible for the processing and annotation of the data collected in the project. You will use a range of quantitative, corpus-based based methods to analyze the data and interpret the findings in consultation with the research team. You will work on research publications – you will both take a lead (where appropriate) on writing as well as work collaboratively with other members of the research team. In cooperation with the research team and international partners, you will contribute to the development of teaching materials based on the corpus findings. 

You will have a PhD in Linguistics or a related area (or will be awarded a PhD within 6 months), and a track-record of conference presentations and publications commensurate with your career stage. You will have experience in the use of corpus methods and appropriate statistical methods in the analysis of language and texts. In addition, it is desirable for you to have experience with the analysis of academic language e.g. in the context of English for Academic Purposes or English for Specific Purposes. Furthermore, experience with large-scale data collection or the collection of the data in academic settings would be an advantage in this post. You will be able to work independently, efficiently organizing your own workload, and also to engage collaboratively as part of a team. You will be able to communicate research outcomes to a range of academic and non-academic audiences. Previous experience with corpus approaches in language teaching and/or language testing would be desirable in this post. 

You will join a leading UK Linguistics department and be part of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS). The Centre was founded in 2013 and was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education in 2015.

This is a full-time post. You will join us on an indefinite contract however the role remains contingent on funding which at this time is for 30 months.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Dana Gablasova, Principal Investigator.



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