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Research Associate
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: M&HS-05652

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/01/2015

Salary: £30,434 to £34,233 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Medical & Human Sciences

Division: -

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: 1 March 2015 to 28 February 2018

School / Directorate: ZZ Do not use School of Psychological Sciences

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position researching the role of information structure in children’s sentence representations.

This post offers the opportunity to join a thriving research group at the University of Manchester, and become a member of the new ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD), a multi-million pound collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster. The aim of the project is to develop a better understanding of how children develop sentence interpretation strategies cross-linguistically.  The post will involve using naturalistic corpus data and experimental methods to determine the role of information structure in children’s developing sentence representations, with a particular focus on complex sentences.

You will be based at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester working with Prof. Elena Lieven and Dr Anna Theakston, but the project also involves collaboration with researchers across the LuCiD Centre.

We are looking for a highly-motivated and independent researcher with experience in pragmatic language research, and experience of working with children.  You must have, or expect to obtain, a PhD (or equivalent), in psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, or any cognate discipline.  An understanding of how word order and case marking interact with information structure across languages is desirable. You must also have excellent statistical analysis and academic writing abilities.

The position is available from 01 March 2015 and is tenable until 28 February 2018

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries can be made to Anna Theakston


The School of Psychological Sciences is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Bronze Award in 2013 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

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