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Research Associate – MEITS project (Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies)

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

A full-time Research Associate position is available at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the research project 'Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)', funded by the AHRC under the Open World Research Initiative to promote modern languages in the UK. The project is led by the University of Cambridge (PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett), and comprises a team of 13 other Co-Is, 14 Post-doctoral researchers and 6 PhD students who are based at the University of Cambridge and at the three partner universities, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Queen's Belfast.

MEITS is an exciting multidisciplinary project, which includes 6 research strands which explore multilingualism from a range of perspectives. We are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral research associate who will be based in Cambridge and who will work on Strand 2: Standard languages, norms and variation: comparative perspectives in multilingual contexts.

The successful candidate will:

(i) Have completed (or be about to be awarded) a PhD in the history of ideas or historical/contemporary sociolinguistics, and will be willing to conduct historical research and/or research on the contemporary European situation. The ideal candidate will be an expert in the standardization of at least one European language. Advanced knowledge of at least one, and preferably more European languages is essential. (i) Be willing to work with the strand's non-HEI partners (including a possible internship at Collins dictionaries). Details of the strand's partners may be found on the project website ( (ii) Have a strong interest in public engagement and be willing to contribute to the development of the project's proposed pop-up museum of languages. The role may include the training and mentoring of student volunteers at the museum.

The starting salary for the role will be £31,604 per annum. The appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a probationary period of 6 months. The position is available from 1 January 2019 for 12 months.

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST), 9 September 2018.

If you have any queries about this vacancy, please contact Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett

For questions on the application process or procedure, please contact Ruth Farley at

Deadline: 9 September 2018

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