Vacancy – Research Fellow in Corpus-based Lexicography & Academic Writing, University of Surrey

Research Fellow in Corpus-based Lexicography & Academic Writing
University of Surrey – School of English and Languages

Interview Date: Thursday 26 January 2017

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellow in Corpus-based Lexicography & Academic Writing at the Centre for Translation Studies, School of English and Languages, University of Surrey. The position is for 3 years, starting in mid-February 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The objective of this AHRC-funded post is to research how information to help writers produce more accurate and idiomatic texts can be migrated from dictionaries and corpora to digital writing environments in an optimum, minimally intrusive way, without disrupting writing processes. The research will involve the identification of a core set of academic English collocations, the compilation of lexicographic datasets, the integration of information on collocation with text editors and experimental work with language learners.

You should have a PhD in Applied Linguistics or related area, with experience of corpus-based lexicography and academic writing research, native or near-native knowledge of English, good organizational skills, experience in creating and managing databases, and a background in one or more of the following areas: corpus-based lexicography, learner corpora, second language writing, English for Academic Purposes, experimental work with language learners. Additionally, you should be able to work independently and as part of a research team, and be willing to collaborate remotely with different members of the project, as well as in face-to-face interactions. Familiarity with Sketch Engine would be a plus.

The project will involve close collaboration with a team of researchers based at the Universities of Surrey and Bangor (UK) and Poznan (Poland), with expertise in second language writing, corpus-based lexicography, dictionary use, data visualization and human-computer interaction.

Informal enquiries: Dr Ana Frankenberg-Garcia (, +44(0)1438689003.

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