Research Fellow

UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 23rd Feb 2021
  • Salary: £36,028 - £40,125 per annum
  • REF: 1874831
  • Closes: 31st March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Interactions between Dynamic Effects and Alternative-Based Inferences in the Study of Meaning (, jointly funded by AHRC and DFG. The post will be based in the Department of Linguistics at UCL for the first half (18 months) therefore the contract with UCL will be 18 months. Thereafter it will be based in the Institute for Linguistics at the University of Frankfurt for the second half (18 months). The research team is led by Dr. Clemens Steiner-Mayr (Gttingen, Co-PI) and Dr. Yasutada Sudo (UCL, Co-PI) together with four Co-Investigators, Professor Richard Breheny (UCL), Professor Cornelia Ebert (Frankfurt), Dr. Jacopo Romoli (Bergen), and Professor Markus Steinbach (Gttingen).

The postholder will work with the team on the aims of developing a formal theory of the interaction between dynamic effects and alternative-based inferences by identifying new theoretical possibilities and exploring ways to test them against experimental data as well as data from gesture and sign languages.

Funds are available for three years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The applicant must have completed a PhD in a relevant field (Semantics/Pragmatics, Experimental Linguistics). An excellent background in Semantics/Pragmatics is essential, as is a proven track record of publications and/or conference presentations in Semantics/Pragmatics and a familiarity with methods in Experimental Linguistics. General interests and/or previous experience with gestural and sign language linguistics are desirable. Effective organizational and written and verbal communication skills are also essential.

Please note: appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary 31,542 – 33,257 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

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31 Mar 2021

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