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Research Fellow

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full or part-time (see job details)
Contract status
Fixed term
40,322 - 49,553 a year (reduced pro rata for part time working)
Interview Date
20 July 2021
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Role Description


The National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy (NCELP) was established in December 2018, funded by the UK Government’s Department for Education to create and deliver research-informed resources and professional development for teaching French, German, and Spanish in collaboration with a network of school teachers, and to take forward recommendations made in the Teaching Schools Council’s Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review in 2016. NCELP is housed within the University’s Department of Education.


NCELP is seeking to appoint an exceptional post-doctoral Research Fellow to consolidate and extend the research and evaluation programme associated with NCELP’s activities. You will:

  • Contribute to and lead the production of research and impact in the area of foreign language education (i.e., ‘instructed second language acquisition’)
  • Plan, manage, and undertake research and impact projects related to NCELP’s work, including evaluations of the effectiveness of interventions, using robust experimental designs and valid and reliable outcome measures
  • Contribute to and/or lead on obtaining external research and/or impact funding
  • Contribute to professional and public understanding of research and scholarship, including helping to develop a master’s programme which would provide academically rigorous professional development, with national and international reach

The role is available full-time for 24 months (until 31 July 2023). Those who are available for a minimum of 0.4 FTE (14.8 hours per week) up to 1.0 FTE (full time) are encouraged to apply. We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, including those looking for a fully-funded secondment from their current position - you might be a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer (Assistant / Associate Professor); an experienced research-driven teacher educator; a post-doctoral researcher or teaching fellow.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed


  • First degree in one or more of: French, German, Spanish, linguistics, (cognitive) psychology, education
  • Proven expertise at ‘post-A level’ in at least one of French, German, or Spanish if first degree is not in one of these languages
  • PhD (or equivalent) in one of: (applied) linguistics, (cognitive) psychology, education
  • A teaching qualification or recognition is desirable


  • Knowledge to engage in high quality research and impact in applied (psycho-)linguistics, such as the evaluation of classroom interventions, contributing to learning theories and their applications in education
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques, designs (including randomised experimental designs), methods (including outcome testing and measurement), quantitative analyses, and relevant software
  • Knowledge of relevant funding sources
  • Knowledge to develop Masters programmes in Foreign Language Education, with modules in areas such as grammar learning and teaching, vocabulary learning and teaching, language testing, motivation, language learning theories
  • Knowledge of foreign language education in the UK and/or a similar compulsory secondary education context is desirable


  • Ability to lead and/or take responsibility for managing, developing, and extending identified projects related to NCELP’s work
  • Well-developed analytical skills and an exceptional eye for detail
  • Ability to supervise the work of others, for example in research and impact teams or projects
  • Excellent communication skills to engage with a wide-range of audiences including academic and non-academic, both orally and in writing, using a range of media and networks for dissemination
  • Ability to influence a wide-range of project stakeholders, such as policy-makers, teachers, teacher-educators, or test and materials developers
  • Ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to securing funds, with collaborators if required


  • Experience of undertaking publicly-evidenced high quality research
  • Evidenced planning and advancement of research projects
  • Proven ability to attract and obtain external research and/or impact funding
  • Successful management of research projects including supervision of others’ work
  • Evidence of dissemination of scholarly and impact work which may include: presentation of research at conferences and workshops; professional and public events; publishing in academic journals or books; communication via websites and/or social media
  • Evidence of providing expert advice and guidance to internal and external audiences

Interview date: 20 July 2021 (via Zoom)

For informal enquiries: please contact Emma Marsden at

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