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Applications are invited for a three-year PhD Studentship based in the Section of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. This studentship, starting on 1 October 2024, is tied to a part-time Research Assistant position and linked to the EF Research Lab for Applied Language Learning.

The role

The lab focuses on connecting basic research in second language acquisition with teaching and learning practice. Our goal is to develop teaching methods for varying learner profiles aiming for teaching tasks and learning activities that map to the learning trajectories of individual learners. The Research Lab is funded by EF Education First through a research grant to Dora Alexopoulou.

The PhD student will work with Dr Alexopoulou as a member of the EF Research Lab for Applied Language Learning. You will join the research cluster for Language Acquisition and Language Processing and will be part of a world-class multidisciplinary research environment combining linguists and experts in language learning.

The PhD studentship is further linked to a part time Research Assistant role for the first two years, supporting the research project of the EF Research Lab for Applied Language Learning. The Research Assistant would be expected to work up to 6 hours per week and would be paid in line with the University pay scale (grade 5, point 034 pro-rata).

The studentship is available to Home or International fee status applicants, and will cover full University fees in addition to an annual stipend of at least £18,622. The successful candidate will have a master's degree (equivalent of first-class distinction) in linguistics or related subject, completed by 30 September 2024. A background in language learning and teaching would be an asset.

To apply

In order to apply, please email the following documents to ta259@cam.ac.uk:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two academic references
  • Transcript
  • Research Proposal (500 - 1000 words)
  • Sample of recent research writing (5,000 - 10,000 words). The sample can be either an essay produced during masters-level studies or a section of a dissertation, and must be a single-authored work.

Please quote reference GP41322 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Tuesday 21st of May 2024. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 3rd of June 2024 at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge.

Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.