LINGUIST List 27.1631

Thu Apr 07 2016

Jobs: Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics: Researcher, The University of Birmingham

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Date: 06-Apr-2016
From: Danielle Fuller <>
Subject: Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics: Researcher, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: The University of Birmingham
Department: School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies within the College of Arts and Law
Job Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Research Fellow – 51993

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics


Full Time
Fixed term for a period of 22 months
Grade 7 - Starting salary £28,982 a year, in a range up to £37,768 a year, with potential progression to £40,082 a year.

We are now recruiting for a Research Fellow to work on Death Before Birth, a project funded by the ESRC and led by Dr Danielle Fuller (U of Birmingham) in collaboration with Professor Jeannette Littlemore (U of Birmingham) and Dr Sheelagh McGuinness (U of Bristol). The project is a socio-legal, linguistic study of how people in England who have experienced miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth reach decisions concerning the disposal of the remains of pregnancy, how their perceptions of the law impact on their decision-making, and how they communicate their experiences and choices to those who are there to support them. Our project partners are: The Human Tissue Authority, SANDS, the Miscarriage Association and Ante-natal Results and Choices. The project team will be working closely with these agencies which are both participants in and beneficiaries of the study.

The post is full time and will start in September 2016, running for 22 months. The Research Fellow will be based at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus. The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for gathering data via qualitative interviewing and via the collection of hospital protocols on the disposal of pregnancy remains; and for analysing data in collaboration with the other members of the research team. The post holder will manage the project website and will also work with the research team on the delivery of the public engagement and impact activities planned for the project. Further duties will include presenting papers to relevant academic stakeholders, co-organising a research symposium, writing articles for publication and co-editing a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

The successful candidate will have completed a doctorate in either medical sociology or socio-legal studies; have expertise in empirical and mixed methods, in particular, qualitative interviewing of vulnerable subjects; experience of working at the intersection of health and ethnicity will be advantageous. The successful candidate must be resourceful, flexible, well-organised and able to work independently and as part of a team. They will have good IT skills, an enthusiasm for collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and ambitions to pursue a career in academia.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Danielle Fuller (email below).

Closing date: 27 April 2016
Reference: 51993

To download the details and submit an electronic application online visit: alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000.

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Application Deadline: 27-Apr-2016

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr Danielle Fuller

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