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Senior Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition

Requisition ID:  24830

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  11-Jan-2023

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.


Salary: £53,353 to £61,823 per annum


Closing Date: 07 February 2023


The Role


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics wishes to appoint an outstanding teacher and researcher to the open-ended, full-time post of Senior Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition. The appointee will make major contributions to teaching, learning, research and impact in the English Language and Linguistics subject group, and be an active member of the Language Evolution, Acquisition and Development research group.


Applicants will have a completed PhD in Linguistics or a related discipline, and be able to demonstrate success in teaching Second Language Acquisition at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Applicants will have an outstanding record in research (including outputs, engagement/ impact activities and bids for external grant income) that is informed by linguistic theory and firmly embedded in the field of Second Language Acquisition. Proficiency in the collection, handling and analysis of second language data is essential, as is a track record in attracting PhD students and supervising them to completion. Applicants will also demonstrate clear potential for making a strong contribution to the School’s and Faculty’s collaborative education and research culture.


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (SELLL) currently has 64 members of academic staff teaching and researching 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.


The Language and Linguistics subject group in SELLL has particular teaching and research strengths in: language evolution, acquisition and development; linguistic theory; and language variation and change.  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 Linguistics and English Language. 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’.


In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework exercise, over 80% of our research outputs, 100% of our research environment and over 90% of our impact profiles were deemed to be either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Funded research projects over the past few years have addressed issues across our 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.


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 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.


For further details of the School, Faculty and University, please see the attached Candidate Information Pack.pdf


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. This can be communicated as part of your application; we recommend including detail in your covering statement to allow this to be taken into account in the selection process.


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


Key Accountabilities 

  • Complement and contribute to the advancement of teaching, research and impact in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics 
  • Lead in the development and delivery of innovative, high-quality teaching in Second Language Acquisition
  • Supervise research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels 
  • Produce high-quality outputs in second language acquisition and other areas of the appointee’s expertise 
  • Apply for research funding both individually and collaboratively 
  • Undertake administrative roles as required by the Head of School 
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and across the University


The Person (Essential) 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience   

  • A portfolio of internationally excellent, original and rigorous research that is informed by linguistic theory and firmly embedded in the field of Second Language Acquisition
  • Additional expertise in one or more of the research and teaching strengths of the Language and Linguistics subject group
  • Evidence of the delivery of both high-quality teaching and research training in Second Language Acquisition at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Demonstrable success in attracting PhD students and supervising them to completion 
  • Expertise in the collection, management and analysis of second language acquisition data  
  • A track record of research outputs commensurate with career stage   
  • Experience in applying for external grant income and clear plans to build on it    
  • Concrete ideas for the design and delivery of engagement and impact activities
  • The ability to make a strong contribution to the wider education culture of the School and the Faculty 
  • Clear ideas for contributing to the Language Evolution, Acquistion & Development research group as well as other University-wide research networks 
  • Experience of administration and leadership in Higher Education


Attributes and Behaviour   

  • Evidenced commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in teaching, research and impact 
  • Demonstrable ability and willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues in the School and across the University  



  • PhD in Linguistics or a related discipline   


  • Formal teaching qualification, HEA accreditation or equivalent  
  • Teaching experience at UG and PG level in additional areas of Linguistics or English Language
  • Experience in multi- or inter-disciplinary research involving external stakeholders


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24830