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Research Assistant position sought, United Kingdom

Date Submitted: 12-May-2005
From: James Sheridan
Subject: Research Assistant position sought, United Kingdom
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Notice: Dear List,

I obtained an MA in Linguistics in September 2004, but haven’t been able to convert this into a job. I’d like to work as a Research Assistant and I’m looking for work in the United Kingdom.

My employment history consists principally of administrative roles, including four years as a secretary. I would be good at things like writing reports, literature searching, data collection, data entry, manual parsing and corpus linguistics.

Finding suitable work is proving difficult. I’ve contact the directors of a number of research projects in the UK, and attempted – without success – to persuade them that they need a new Research Assistant. I’m registered with jobs.ac.uk, but haven’t over the course of months seen any jobs for Research Assistants in Linguistics.

If anyone has any ideas of language projects that MIGHT need a Research Assistant – in the UK – please could you let me know. Note that any response to this message goes only to me (it doesn’t get posted on the Internet) …so you can write with impunity. Any comments or suggestions would be gratefully received.

Note: I have a degree in Engineering, so I could do stats related to language studies.

With thanks,

James Sheridan