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Research Associate (Manchester Voices) (4343)

Research Associate (Manchester Voices Project)

This role represents a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic team working on the innovative, AHRC-funded sociolinguistic research project, Manchester Voices, for 6 months.


This role has come about as a result of significant funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to continue work on the successful Manchester Voices project ( The project, run by Dr Rob Drummond, 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; online recordings in form of a Virtual Accent Van and a related map task; the creation of a unique digital map representing people's thoughts and feelings about the speech of the region; a podcasting training resource and competition for schools, language attitude tests to explore feelings about the language varieties used across Greater Manchester; a series of poetry workshops run in collaboration with the Manchester Poetry Library; and the creation and analysis of new data sets using historical recordings 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 Manchester Poetry Library.


Our ideal colleague 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 project lead. 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. As a member of the Manchester Voices team, you will be expected (and have the opportunity) 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 must note that 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.


For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of the role please contact the project lead, Dr Rob Drummond ( or Dr Holly Dann (


The postholder will ideally be in place as soon as possible (there is some flexibility as to the precise start date). The appointment runs for a period of 6 months. There is the possibility to work remotely, but an expectation of some days in Manchester, probably in months 4, 5 and 6.


Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to creating a diverse environment where everybody is treated with dignity, fairness and respect. We welcome applications from all potential candidates.


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 in early February 2022

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Salary:
    Grade 7 (£31,406 to £35,326)
  • Closing Date:
    23 January 2022
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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