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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Linguistics (Descriptive and Typological)

Research Investment Fund

Location:  Ormskirk
Salary:  £30,942 to £33,797 per annum
Fixed Term for 12 months
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Friday 14 August 2020
Interview Date:  Thursday 03 September 2020
Reference:  EHR0086-0720

Your discipline. Your passion. Our success, together. 

About You 

You will have a PHD in Linguistics, within a topic that is related to the research project (Working with native speakers of the Pearl Lagoon Basin, and their Miskitu Language). Experience using up-to-date techniques and equipment to collect linguistic material is desirable, and should be sufficient for a comprehensive grammatical, textual, syntactic and lexical description of this stable mixed language and its culture.  You will also have experience in conducting research of the highest quality in constructing typologies and descriptions of languages. You will have a collaborative approach and demonstrate the ability to operate flexibly, reliably and on your own initiative whilst ensuring research rigour and integrity.

About the Role

You will provide quality research support on a Leverhulme Trust Research Grant funded project entitled  “Working with native speakers of the Pearl Lagoon Basin Miskitu Language.” This project aims to use up-to-date techniques and equipment to collect linguistic material sufficient for a comprehensive grammatical, textual, syntactic and lexical description of this stable mixed language and its culture (which blends Amerindian, African and European elements). This is a previously undescribed form of a Misumalpan (Amerindian) language of Nicaragua, and it has undergone profound influence from over three centuries of contact with Caribbean Creole English and latterly from Spanish. This has led to a combination of linguistic elements which is unique in the world’s languages. 


We want you to feel happy when you come to work and proud when you go home.

From the moment you join us you have the opportunity to enhance your skills. We offer various routes for progression, a range of specialist development sessions and academic development opportunities along with an award winning and comprehensive staff health & wellbeing programme (HR Excellence Awards 2017). This means you will receive a full academic induction, be enrolled if appropriate on our PGCTHE, benefit from the Edge Hill University CPD scheme (UKPSF) and our annual University Learning and Teaching day all to support your professional development. 

This is just a taste of what we are able to offer you at Edge Hill University.

About Us

“A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education. 

We are recognised for our outstanding achievements in student satisfaction, staff engagement, graduate employment and innovation as well as our strengthening research profile, investment and growth. The Times Higher ‘University of the Year’ award also celebrated our distinct role in “transforming lives” – reflecting a distinctive philosophy of creating opportunity from excellence.

The University has been ranked Best University Workplace (Times Higher Education 2015), judged Best UK Employer (European Business Awards 2016) and highly commended in Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 for Workplace of the Year.

Based on an award-winning campus in West Lancashire, Edge Hill University offers a stimulating and empowering environment for ambitious and high performing professionals.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy you may wish to contact: Professor Anthony Grant at

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society

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