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Research Associate in Computational Modelling of Morphological Development
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: M&HS-05665

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 13/05/2015

Salary: £30,434 to £34,233 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Medical & Human Sciences

Division: Psychology

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Available from 1 March 2015 to 31 August 2018

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

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 multimillion pound collaboration between the University of Manchester, University of Liverpool and University of Lancaster. The aim of the project is to develop a better understanding of how children develop morphological productivity cross-linguistically. The post will involve constructing and testing computational models of morphological development to determine the effect of different kinds of language input on the process of developing productivity.

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

You will be a highly-motivated and independent researcher with experience in computational modelling, and with experience of or an interest in cross-linguistic corpus-based research. 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 operate in other languages is desirable. You must also have excellent statistical analysis and academic writing abilities.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries can be made to:

Professor Elena Lieven


Dr 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

Advert placed on:     Tuesday 2 December 2014

Closing date / time:  Monday 5 January 2015 at midnight

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