Research Fellow in Phonetics (Speech Tempo Perception & Missing Sounds)

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7081092 (Ref.No. AHCLC1145)
Posted: July 14, 2021

Job Description

Are you an independent researcher with an interest in speech perception? Do you have experience of designing and running listening experiments, and analysing their results? Do you want to contribute to an ongoing project on speech tempo perception funded by the Leverhulme Trust?

You will contribute to an ongoing Leverhulme Trust funded research project on speech tempo perception by English listeners, led by Dr Leendert Plug (Principal Investigator) in collaboration with Dr Rachel Smith (University of Glasgow, Co-Investigator). The project started in September 2017 and has been suspended for the past year due to Covid-19. Bringing the project to completion will involve running several listening experiments. You will contribute to experimental design, prepare stimuli and experimental procedures, recruit participants, run the experimental sessions on campus in Leeds where possible, or oversee online testing, and contribute to analysing the results.

You will have completed a PhD in phonetics or psycholinguistics, with an emphasis on speech perception. Experience of designing and running listening experiments is essential, as are strong data management and quantitative analysis skills. 

Our commitment to inclusion 

As an international research-intensive university with a strong commitment to student education, we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from all backgrounds and from across the world. 

In line with this vision, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We select candidates on the basis of merit and ability and aspire to further diversify our Faculty community. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been under-represented in the University including, but not limited to: Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people; people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Leendert Plug, Director of Linguistics and Phonetics


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (For 6 months)
Release Date:  Tuesday 13 July 2021
Closing Date:  Tuesday 10 August 2021
Reference:  AHCLC1145

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.


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