Job ad: Research Associate (pragmatics/sociolinguistics) at Open University

We're looking for a researcher associate at Open University.


Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)




Milton Keynes

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3 Years Fixed Term Contract, Full time

Closing Date: 

21 November, 2019 - 12:00

The Open University’s Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies is seeking a creative and proactive Research Associate whom will provide research support to the Head of School of Languages and Applied Linguistics.

This new role sits in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics which is home to over 12,000 students, more than 370 part-time staff, 58 academic staff, 16 academic-related staff and 39 doctoral students. We are the UK's major provider of open and distance education in fields of languages and applied linguistics. Our students, and some of our staff, are located across the UK, and beyond.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide research assistance to the Head of School on a variety of research related tasks. The occupant of the position will assist the Head of School in promoting her research, and that of the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics more broadly. This will include:

  • Plan and undertake research in one or more of the following areas: interactional pragmatics, interpersonal pragmatics, sociolinguistics in line with ethical and legal guidelines.
  • Assist with the submission of research grants as required.
  • Assist with the conducting of ethnographic fieldwork when necessary.
  • Engage in writing of scholarly papers with an aim to publish both authored and co- authored publications.

There will also be time and support available for your own personal research programmes which will be covered in appropriate ways.

The successful candidate will have a PHD completed within the last 3 years in the areas of Pragmatics, sociolinguistics, Language and Social Interaction or a related field. As well as the ability to work with English and Spanish data, including writing, editing and publishing. The postholder will also be able to demonstrate ability to problem solve, plan and communicate at a sophisticated level whilst working both independently and as part of a wider team.

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within the Job Description attached.

Closing date for applications: 21st November 2019 – midday

Interview Date: December

How to apply

To apply for this post, please submit a standard application form along with your CV and a covering letter indicating why you are interested in the role and how you believe you meet the person specification. The cover letter should address how you meet the essential and desirable criteria outlined within the Job Description. The covering letter should be no more than 1 side of A4. Please pick out specific examples from your experience which clearly demonstrate that you have the particular knowledge and capabilities required in the job and person specification.

For detailed information and how to apply go to or email   quoting the reference number 16684.

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