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Wed Dec 26 2018

Jobs: Language Acquisition: Post Doc, University of York

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Date: 20-Dec-2018
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Subject: Language Acquisition: Post Doc, University of York, UK
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University or Organization: University of York
Department: Education
Job Location: York, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Research Associate: Second Language Acquisition & Processing
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition


This post is available on a fixed term contract for up to 2 years

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Associate to work in
close collaboration with Professor Emma Marsden in the Centre for Language
Learning and Use in the Department of Education at the University of York. The
Associate will work with Marsden on experimental research programmes
investigating instructed second language acquisition and processing.

The primary aspect of the post-holder’s activities will involve designing,
undertaking, and analysing a series of experiments relating to ‘Processing for
Acquisition’. The experiments will investigate key theoretical questions, with
pedagogical implications, about the extent to which processing (including
assigning meaning, parsing, and anticipation/prediction) is a learning
mechanism, can be explicit, and can be trained and improve learning in the
long term.

The second aspect of the post-holder’s activities includes involvement in the
research strand of the national ‘Centre for Excellence for Modern Foreign
Language Pedagogy’. This very large Department of Education (government
ministry) funded initiative aims to develop and evaluate research-informed
language instruction in secondary schools for 11-16-year olds in England. The
Research Associate will contribute to the collection and analysis of data on
the learning of morphosyntax, vocabulary, and phoneme-grapheme
correspondences, via a quasi-experiment in the 45 schools undertaking the
research-informed pedagogy.

The Research Associate may also collaborate with Marsden on various other
activities such as: her work as incoming Editor of Language Learning; two
large, international open science initiatives (OASIS and IRIS); and the
analysis of a very large dataset gathered from an online digital game (known
as Gaming Grammar) for learning French and Spanish morphosyntax.

The Associate will work under the supervision of Marsden and in collaboration
with a range of national and international collaborators, including other
post-docs and PhD students, journal editors, professional associations,
schools, and researchers. They will work with Marsden on a series of articles
for publication in high-impact journals

The Associate will be expected to:
- Have a doctorate (or to be very near completion) in psycholinguistics,
linguistics, applied linguistics, psychology or education (or equivalent
- Be competent users of psycholinguistic methodologies (such as self-paced
reading or visual world eye-tracking) and of advanced statistical analytical
techniques; and
- Have excellent knowledge of more than one language

Candidates should be knowledgeable about theories of (second) language
learning and/or processing, in order to undertake rigorous research and
publish in high quality academic journals. Highly developed communication
skills to engage effectively with different audiences (including academic,
education professionals, and a wider public) and an ability to work as part of
a team as well as independently are essential.

This is a full-time appointment available to start as soon as possible, with
the start date and a ‘phased (part-time) start’ negotiable.

If you would like to discuss the post, please contact Professor Emma Marsden
at the contact information below..

To apply, please see the application link below.

Application Deadline: 12-Jan-2019

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Emma Marsden
Phone: +44 (0)1904 323335

Page Updated: 26-Dec-2018