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Research Associate in the Acquisition of Complex Syntax and Pragmatics
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: BMH-017193

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/08/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine & Health

Division: Human Communication, Development & Hearing

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: from 1 November 2021 to 31 October 2024

School / Directorate: School of Health Sciences

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate position in the acquisition of complex syntax and pragmatics. The post is available from the 1st November 2021 and will be tenable on a fixed term basis until 31st October 2024.

This post offers the opportunity to join a thriving research group at the University of Manchester, and become a member of the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD), a multi-million pound collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster. You will join a work package entitled Understanding the factors influencing the comprehension and production of complex sentences, where you will investigate theoretical accounts designed to capture the complexity associated with different types of adverbial clause and consider how children’s learning might be best supported in the classroom.

You should hold or shortly expect to achieve a PhD or equivalent in Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Sciences or any related cognate discipline. You will be a highly-motivated and independent researcher with experience in complex syntax/pragmatic language research, and experience of working with children. The job will involve detailed literature reviewing, preparation of ethics applications, experimental design, recruitment and data collection, analyses, and dissemination. 

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Happy to talk flexible working.

Blended working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Prof Anna Theakston

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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