LINGUIST List 32.3253

Fri Oct 15 2021

Support: English; Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics: PhD, University of the West of England

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 15-Oct-2021
From: Anna Piasecki <>
Subject: English; Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics: PhD, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
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Department: Bristol Centre for Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of the West of England

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics
Psychology, Computer Science, Speech and Language Therapy or a related field.
Required Language(s): English (eng)


An exciting opportunity to apply for a full-time PhD in the Bristol Centre for Linguistics. The studentship will be co-funded by the Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire Cancer Alliance and UWE Bristol: Ref 2022-FEB-ACE01.

At UWE’s Bristol Centre for Linguistics, we are dedicated to cutting-edge research, which promotes the visibility of linguistics and the relevance of language research to the wider public, and to form partnerships for the exchange of expertise with other universities and organisations outside academia. One of our close partners is the North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), where we are working with a team of neurosurgeons, speech and language therapists and neuropsychologists at Southmead Hospital to develop contemporary and comprehensive language tests in order to preserve communication and quality of life for patients requiring brain tumour surgery.

We are seeking to recruit a versatile and motivated PhD candidate for a research project at the intersection of psycho- and neurolinguistics, who will be prepared to collaborate closely with our NBT partner during the clinical testing phase with patients undergoing awake craniotomy. This project offers the potential to improve outcomes for patients with brain tumours, in whom preservation of communication is a vital component of quality of life.

The successful candidate will need a solid understanding of current debates revolving around linguistic systems, lexical processes and mental representations, or show willingness and aptitude to gain an excellent understanding of areas less familiar to them in a short space of time. The project will involve creating and carrying out psycholinguistic experiments, so a good knowledge of relevant tools and statistic procedures will be advantageous. The successful candidate will benefit from excellent technological working conditions, international contacts, and a stimulating interdisciplinary work environment.

This is a 3.5-year project starting in January 2022, or soon thereafter, and is open to applicants worldwide. Please note that higher tuition fees apply for non-UK students and that the PhD studentships offered in the remit of this scheme are at Home rates.

Entry requirements:
First class or upper-second class BA and Master’s level degree (or international equivalent) in Linguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Speech and Language Therapy or a related field.

A stipend of £15,609 for 21/22, which will increase each year in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate, plus Home-rate fee allowance of £4,590 (with automatic increase to UKRI rate each year) and an annual £1000 for specific training, conference attendance or travel.

How to apply:
Please apply via the application link below. Applicants should include a copy of their CV, two academic references and their completed academic degrees and degree transcripts.

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Anna Piasecki

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