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Research Associate (Manchester Voices) (1890)

This role represents a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic team working on the innovative, AHRC-funded sociolinguistic research project, Manchester Voices.

The Department of Languages, Information and Communications is firmly embedded within the unique environment of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

This role is a result of significant funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to continue and expand the successful Manchester Voices project ( The project represents the most detailed and comprehensive study of Greater Manchester accents, dialects, and identities ever undertaken. The project has various strands, including: a tour in The Accent Van (a mobile recording studio) to gather speech samples and reflections from people within the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester; the creation of a digital map representing people’s thoughts and feelings about the speech of the region; a series of language attitude tests to establish deeply embedded and widely held beliefs about the language varieties used across Greater Manchester; a series of outreach and poetry workshops run in collaboration with Manchester Met colleagues in Youth Studies, English, and History; and the creation and analysis of new data sets using historical recordings currently being digitised as part of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project.

The project will culminate with a permanent Manchester Central Library installation and audio-visual archive, containing interviews with people from each of the ten boroughs, interactive dialect maps and excerpts of analysis and creative artefacts. Manchester Voices will have a further public presence in the new Manchester Poetry Library (opening at Manchester Met in 2020), where there will be an archive of regional poetry that features the area’s diverse dialects.

The ideal candidate will be a hard-working, ambitious and motivated researcher with experience of working in the areas of sociolinguistics and dialectology. You will be adaptable, and able to operate equally well both independently, and as part of a wider team under the direction of the two project leads. You will be expected to embrace the values and aims of the project, and take a proactive role in its successful delivery. You will have excellent organisational skills, with the ability to coordinate a small team of research assistants who will work with you on The Accent Van. As a member of the Manchester Voices team, you will be expected (and have the opportunity) to disseminate work from the project at UK and international conferences and to contribute to one or more of the project’s world-leading publications, in addition to taking part in various public engagement and knowledge exchange activities.

We can only consider applications from those with, or who are very near completion of a Ph.D (or equivalent e.g. DPhil, or EdD) in a directly relevant area of Linguistics. The role also requires a full, clean, UK driving licence.  

For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of the role please contact the two project leads, Dr Rob Drummond ( or Dr Erin Carrie (

The role will commence on 6th Jan 2020. This is a 24 month appointment.

To apply: Please attach your CV and covering letter to the online portal detailing how you meet the person specification. Interviews are scheduled to take place on 2nd September.

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MMU All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    MMU All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Salary:
    Grade 7 (£30,395 to £34,189)
  • Closing Date:
    26 July 2019
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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