Research Associate in Linguistics/English Language

University Of Manchester

United Kingdom

Research Associate in Linguistics/English Language

Job Reference : HUM-14501

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 30/09/2019

Salary : £32,816 per annum

Employment Type : Fixed Term

Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities

Division : History

Hours Per week : Full Time

Contract Duration : 2 December 2019 until 1 December 2022

This post will support the exciting Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers. This ambitious Digital Humanities project will use a uniquely rich, but largely unexplored, archive to explore a diverse – yet related – set of research questions on reading, letter-writing and language practices in Georgian England. This post will explore the commonalities and differences in the operation and the relevance to reading, writing and everyday language of the social networks around Mary Hamilton, evidence for the influence of language standardisation forces on letter-writing, and language use generally, during the late Georgian period, and how the social networks around Hamilton reflect the progress of the wholesale realignment of the English auxiliary verb system in the late Georgian period.


You should have completed a PhD in Linguistics or English Language, focusing on some or all of the period 1700-1900, which demonstrates one or more of the following areas of research expertise: social network analysis, language variation and change, historical sociopragmatics, letter-writing practices, normative linguistics, historical syntax, and competence in corpus linguistics research. You should have excellent analytical and writing skills, experience of working with working with original source materials and be able to read a variety of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century handwriting. You should also be well organized and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. A record of publication, of presenting your research to academic audiences, of promoting research via social media and of public engagement or impact are desirable, as it familiarity with Digital Humanities and using software applications for research.


We expect to hold interviews for the post between 8 and 10 October 2019.


As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments will be made on merit.


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


Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor David Denison




Name: Dr Nuria Yanez-Bouza




Name: Professor Hannah Barker



Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

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

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