Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Languages, Linguistics and Film
Queen Mary University of London School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Department: School of Languages, Linguistics & Film
Salary: £40,386 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL31538
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 18 January 2023
Closing date: 15 February 2023

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About the Role

The Language Centre within the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film (SLLF) is looking to appoint a fixed-term Postdoctoral Assistant on the project ‘Autism in affinity spaces. The post is available due to research grant funding from 01 July 2023 to 30 June 2027.

About You

You will have:

•        PhD in Applied Linguistics or related area

•        Demonstrable interest in computer-mediated discourse analysis

•        Proven research trajectory to handle data collection and management

•        Excellent skills in qualitative analysis and mixed methods

•        Experience in substantive research related to the key themes of the project

Your duties will include conducting an online survey and interviews with autistic young people, collecting and analysing social media data, liaising with collaborating autism support organisations, writing up results for publication, and contributing to impact activities.

Your application should include the following attachments:

•           A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) explaining why you are interested in the position and your qualifications for it.

•           Your CV including a full publication list.

•           A writing sample: one publication, published or in press.

About the School/Project

The Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Autism in affinity spaces’ will engage in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of computer-mediated discourse analysis and visual participatory methods. The project will examine how autistic young people use social media spaces to interact on topics of their focused interests and generate evidence about strengths and challenges for autistic youth as they navigate norms and expectations in social media interactions. You will be working with Professor Nelya Koteyko (PI) and collaborators from other UK universities and charities.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum, a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities.

The post is full-time, fixed-term appointment for four years, with an expected start on 1st July 2023 to 30 June 2027 and available due to research funding. The starting salary will be £40,386 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal queries should be directed to Professor Nelya Koteyko,

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 15 February 2023, with interviews taking place shortly afterwards.

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