Job Alert: Research Associate for Project on Tyneside English

Dr Sophie Meekings is looking for a Research Associate to work with her for five months.

Closing Date: 06/02/2020


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics wishes to appoint a Research Associate in Linguistics. You will be responsible for the project management and completion of an experiment on the sociolinguistics of speech production in noise with Tyneside English speakers. With support from the project PIs and mentors, you will be responsible for recruiting participants, collecting and analysing data, and may also be involved with the writing up of the findings for publication. While experience in data analysis and experimental linguistics is highly desirable, some training can be provided in these areas.

You will have proven experience in collecting experimental data. Experience in recruiting adult research participants in Newcastle and the wider Tyneside area, and/or strong social ties to the Newcastle and Tyneside area are highly desirable.  Previous experience in behavioural experiments, and some linguistics background is essential. Experience conducting auditory analysis of linguistic variables (e.g., using Praat) is desirable.

This is a full-time, fixed term post available for the duration of five months.

Key Accountabilities

  • Piloting: Test and troubleshoot existing experimental software in preparation for data collection, including becoming familiar with best use of phonology lab recording equipment, and running pilot studies to test experimental pipeline and develop recruitment strategies.
  • Recruitment: Recruit 30-50 native Newcastle/Tyneside speakers.
  • Testing. Collect data from recruited participants  (including collecting consent forms, participant briefing/debriefing and subject supervision during participation)
  • Analysis: In collaboration with other members of the research team, you will be expected to transcribe recordings, hand-code phonetic variables, and analyse data in R.


£30,942.00 – £40,323.00

Further Information

The full job description, including essential and desirable skills, can be found on Newcastle University Job Vacancies. Please submit your application there.

Informal inquiries about this role can be directed to Dr Sophie Meekings (

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