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Graduate Research Fellow in Language/Linguistics

Department: School of Education, Language & Psychology
Location: York
Salary: £29,176 to £33,797 per annum pro rata
Contract Duration: 3 years
Closing Date: Tuesday 01 December 2020 at midnight
Interview Date: Tuesday 15 December 2020
Reference: 113-20
The Role

Role: Part time

Salary - £28,098 - £32,548 per annum pro rata (Salary will be paid at 0.5 FTE - £14,049 - £16,274 per annum)

Working Hours: 10 to 18 hours per week 

Deadline: 1st December

Provisional Interview Date: 15th December

Click here to see a British Sign Language version of this advert.

York St John University is an ambitious, modern university at the heart of the historic city of York and there’s never been a more exciting time to join us. After investing over £110 million in our campus and facilities, establishing five new schools and developing a suite of attractive, contemporary courses, we’ve seen the biggest rise across all English universities in recent years.

Central to our ambition is commitment to academic excellence. Over a third of our research is already considered world leading or internationally excellent. Our ambition is to increase our capacity to deliver world leading research, particularly research that has a significant real-world impact, with a focus on social justice. The successful candidate will engage in research that contributes to the Centre for Language and Social Justice Research at YSJU.

We also have a reputation for high quality teaching.  Our recently launched Deaf Studies and Korean programmes complement our established English Language and Linguistics programme, offering our students a range of exciting academic experiences and opportunities. We’re third in the UK for the proportion of our academics with formal teaching qualifications, we’re a consistent Stonewall Top 100 employer and we hold the Social Enterprise Gold Mark for Responsible Business Practice.  

We are seeking to appoint two Graduate Research Fellows (GRFs) in Languages and Linguistics.  As a GRF you will be expected to complete your PhD in three years whilst contributing a maximum of 6 hours contact time per week to the taught curriculum on our range of languages and linguistics degree programmes. Up to 4 additional hours per week will be set aside for teaching-related activities.  All PhD fees will be met by the University.

Research in Languages and Linguistics predominantly focuses around the areas of: social justice issues in language learning and teaching; language, identities, in/equalities and power; language, meaning, cognition and social identity. The Centre for Language and Social Justice Research provides a forum for these research areas as well as enabling scholars from linguistics and other disciplines to come together to engage in language-based research aiming to promote social justice. The Centre recognises the growing need for applied linguistics to play a key role in increasing understanding of social inequalities and injustices with a view to challenging them.

Teaching activities will include seminar and workshop delivery, providing tutorial support, assessing and providing feedback on student work, tutorials, and teaching preparation.  An academic background in linguistics or a discipline related to the desired research area (such as Deaf Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology) is considered essential, as is the ability to teach BSL (for O’Brien’s project) or Korean (for Han/Sauntson’s projects). Candidates must have achieved at least a 2:1 in their undergraduate degree.  A relevant Master’s degree is desirable but not essential.

 The following project areas are available:

Social and linguistic spaces of marginalised signing deaf people in the UK. (BSL translation of the project briehere)

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Dai O’Brien (

Assessing the effectiveness of different CPD provisions for teachers working with multilingual students.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Clare Cunningham (

Investigating Korean language, identity and culture.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Yeji Han ( and Professor Helen Sauntson (

Please see the attached additional documentation for further details of the research projects available.

Applications should include a research proposal of up to 1500 words in the project area and should be uploaded with your application.  (Applicants for the BSL project can submit their PhD proposal in BSL, if preferred).   Please state clearly in your proposal the title of the project area for which you are applying. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the members of staff listed above in the early stages of drafting the proposal. It is anticipated that successful candidates will start their PhD in January 2021.

All successful appointments are subject to formal acceptance for PhD study at the University. 


In addition to a competitive salary, YSJ employees enjoy access to a superb range of benefits including –

  • Generous annual leave entitlement (plus additional leave days during our Christmas closure period)
  • Pension scheme
  • Health cash plan
  • Training and development
  • Discounts at a range of local companies, including shops, cafes and restaurants.

As a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, York St John University is committed to equality and diversity and we actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups, particularly those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. 

As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all requests for job share or flexible working arrangements.

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Interviews are currently taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams. Further guidance will be provided to candidates who progress to interview stage.

Closing Date - Tuesday 01 December 2020 at midnight

Provisional Interview Date - Tuesday 15 December 2020

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