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Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition (fixed term)

Requisition ID:  20338

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  06-Jun-2022

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.



Lecturer Grade F: £36,382 to £40,927 per annum

Lecturer Grade G: £42,149 to £50,926 per annum


Closing Date: 4 July 2022


The Role


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics wishes to appoint an outstanding teacher and scholar as a full-time, fixed-term Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition.


You will have a completed PhD in Linguistics or a related discipline and have experience in teaching second language acquisition at undergraduate level. Proficiency in the collection, handling and analysis of second language data is essential. You will have an excellent publication record for your career stage, and should also be able to demonstrate clear potential for making a strong contribution to the School’s and Faculty’s collaborative teaching and research culture. You will be an active member of the Language Evolution, Acquisition and Development research group.


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (SELLL) currently has 64 members of academic staff (57FT and 7PT) working across the fields of English Language and Linguistics, English Literature and Creative Writing. 7 Research Associates and Fellows work alongside these staff. Together with our 750 undergraduate students, over 100 taught postgraduate students and a similar number of postgraduate researchers, we form a thriving and highly motivated intellectual community, dedicated to excellence and innovation in teaching and research. Over 80% of our research was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, and our teaching was rated as ‘excellent’ in the last Quality Assurance Agency audit.


The Language and Linguistics subject group in SELLL has particular research and teaching strengths in: language acquisition, evolution and development; linguistic theory; language and cognition; and language variation and change. Funded projects over the past few years have addressed issues across these sub-disciplines, including topical research on language, migration and identity and work on language learning by immigrant adults. Considerable funding has also been attracted for research into and the development of a ‘big data’ corpus of North Eastern English. Funding has been won too for research in language and cognition as well as in comparative syntax, most recently through a project with colleagues at Cambridge on novel approaches to parametric variation in syntax. In addition to the wide range of undergraduate teaching and learning offered by the Language and Linguistics subject group in SELLL, the group also lead the MA in Linguistics and IPhD in English Language and Linguistics. We have had considerable success too in supporting postgraduate research via the UK Research & Innovation-funded doctoral training partnerships known as ‘Northern Bridge’ and ‘NINE’.


Newcastle University also has a very well-resourced Linguistics Laboratory (LingLab). LingLab is the central hub for supporting empirical and experimental linguistics and language science research. The lab hosts a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that facilitate high-quality linguistics research, including: multiple sound-attenuated booths with specialist recording equipment; computers with software for audio-visual analysis; an eye-tracker for psycholinguistic research into reading and language processing; additional equipment such as ultrasound tongue imaging and electroglottography; and a range of other resources to support psycholinguistic, corpus, articulatory and phonetic research. LingLab is supported by dedicated lab managers who advise on research project design, experimental design, analytical strategy and statistics.


Staff in the Language and Linguistics subject group in SELLL collaborate with linguists in two other Schools (School of Modern Languages and School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences) as well as with colleagues at the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution. They are involved in several of the Newcastle University Centres of Research Excellence (NUCoREs), including: Ageing and Inequalities; Data; Heritage; and Researching Cities. A NUCoRE on Human Communication is in the early stages of development. In addition, staff in SELLL are able to access funding and research networks through the three Research Institutes: Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts Practice.


Newcastle University is committed to developing a fully inclusive global University community in which staff and students from all sectors of society can thrive equally (see the University’s institutional EDI strategy here). The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics actively encourages applications from under-represented groups. All applicants should feel free to communicate to the selection panel circumstances that have impacted upon their career path, including those related to Covid-19 restrictions.


To view the full candidate pack for this role please visit here.


For further enquiries, please contact Professor Jo Robinson, Head of School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (, or Dr Heike Pichler, Head of the Language and Linguistics subject group (


This is a Fixed Term post for a period of 12 months with an anticipated start date of 1st Sept 2022


Key Accountabilities

  • Take on teaching and course administration for intermediate and advanced courses in second language acquisition (at undergraduate and postgraduate levels)  
  • Supervise research projects at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels 
  • Undertake independent research in the field of second language acquisition 
  • Undertake administrative roles as required by the Head of School 
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in the School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics and across the University


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience  

  • An excellent knowledge of second language acquisition 
  • Teaching experience at undergraduate level in second language acquisition  
  • Expertise in the collection, management and analysis of second language acquisition data 
  • Track record of research outputs commensurate with career stage  
  • The potential to make a strong contribution to the wider research culture of the School and the Faculty


Attributes and Behaviour  

  • Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in teaching, research and impact
  • Readiness to take on administrative roles in the Language and Linguistics subject group and the School more broadly 
  • Demonstrable willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues in the School and across the University 


  • PhD in Linguistics or a related discipline



The Person (Desirable)

  • Teaching experience at postgraduate level in second language acquisition   
  • Experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate research supervision  
  • Experience of pastoral care in Higher Education  

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 20338