University Assistant Professor in Second Language Education
University of Cambridge Faculty of Education
United Kingdom

The Faculty of Education in central Cambridge seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor who specialises in second language education, and has particular expertise in quantitative methods in applied/educational linguistics. It offers an exciting opportunity for a research-active educator to join a leading national and international centre engaged in teaching and educational research.

The successful candidate will work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of Faculty colleagues, who broadly specialise in second or foreign language education. The person appointed will be expected to contribute to the international profile of the Faculty through research publications, grant capture, impactful dissemination, and public engagement.

Candidates should be enthusiastic contributors to a wide variety of courses, alongside bringing a specialist focus on second or foreign language education. The main teaching duties connected with this post are teaching and supervision on the full-time MPhil and part-time MEd Research in Second Language Education (RSLE) programmes, as well as supervision of PhD and EdD students in related fields. The faculty has a very successful initial teacher education programme in modern languages and a three-year undergraduate programme in education. There may also be opportunities to contribute to work in the areas of languages and literacies on both programmes.

Applications are particularly welcome from those who can bring a strong methodological element around quantitative methods in applied and/or educational linguistics and lead the relevant teaching on the master's course. Applications are also particularly welcome from researchers who have expertise in instructed second language acquisition and language assessment, digital technology or CALL and have a strong background in educational and social science research.

Candidates will hold a PhD in a relevant subject, or be close to completion in their doctoral studies, and have a record of internationally excellent research in their field. Contributions to excellence in research will be through peer-reviewed publications and other activities of a kind and quality that meet international standards as assessed in national research assessment exercises.

The successful candidate will have relevant experience of working with postgraduate students, including teaching or supervising master's and PhD students. The ability to manage a diverse workload and work cooperatively with academic colleagues and support staff is essential. The Faculty is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. All members of our community are expected to engage with developing and raising awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion in the Faculty.

For full details of the responsibilities of the post and the person specification, please see the further particulars. The post is available from 01 September 2022.

Applications are particularly encouraged from candidates from a BAME background.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Linda Fisher (

We hope to hold interviews on Friday 10 June 2022.

Please quote reference JR30584 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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