University of Leeds: first position for prospective Ph.D candidates, Multilingual language development (ESR 11)

Call for Ph.D. thesis applications: Multilingual language and communication development and assessment of young deaf children: Implications for educational and clinical support and intervention.

An opportunity exists for an outstanding early stage researcher to join an interdisciplinary research team from the School of Education, the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds (UK) and the Yorkshire Auditory Implant Centre, to receive supervision for the preparation of a PhD thesis, and to benefit from the combined resources of a major international training network (Comm4CHILD).

RESEARCH FIELD: Early childhood deafness, language and communication development and education

SUPERVISION: Professor Ruth SWANWICK, School of Education, Dr Edward KILLAN, School of Medicine, University of Leeds

Partner institution: Yorkshire Auditory Implant Centre, Bradford Royal Infirmary, UK

You will be supervised by experienced researchers from across the network, collaborate in research, attend joint training events, and contribute to workshops and conferences.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15th, 2020

Host Institution: The University of Leeds

Envisioned start and duration: The start date is September 2020. You will be appointed on a full-time, fixed-term contract at the University of Leeds for a period of three years, which may include internship at one of our network partner organisations in another European country, and travel for research fieldwork. Availability to travel (including internationally), for the purposes of the research and training activities, is a requirement for these posts and fully funded.

As Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows, you will receive generous benefits, including a fixed salary/living allowance, plus mobility, travel or career exploration allowances according to the requirements for EU-funded Early Stage Researchers. Individual allowances may vary according to personal factors (such as family status and place of origin) and are calculated in Euros. They may vary, or be adjusted, according to the prevailing rate of Euro/Sterling exchange. There are strict eligibility and residency requirements that must be met.

Job description: The successful candidate will analyse and describe the multilingual language and communication development and assessment of young deaf children fitted with cochlear implant (CI) and identify implications for educational and clinical support and intervention.

This position is a part of the multi-laboratory project (Comm4CHILD) received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 860755.

Requested expertise: Candidates should have a background in one or more of the following areas: deafness and child development, deaf education, speech and language therapy, audiology.

Eligibility criteria: An excellent undergraduate degree and a Masters degree, or equivalent, or expect one by April 2020, in one or more of the following areas: deafness and child development, language and communication analysis, multimodality, speech and language therapy, audiology.

At the time of recruitment, you must not already hold a doctorate degree and must be within the first four years of your research career (measured from the date of obtaining the degree which entitles you to embark on PhD studies);

At the time of recruitment, you must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to your start date;

You will satisfy the eligibility requirements to enrol on a PhD degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences. This includes acceptable English language requirements if English is not your first language.

Applications: Interested candidates should follow the link to the full details of the post at Leeds and the on-line application instructions

Successful applicants will need to secure a provisional offer of a place to study for a PhD from the University of Leeds before commencing in the post. An additional application will be required for this purpose. Please find all necessary information here

Project description: The multilingual language and communication development of young deaf children

You will be employed, and register for a PhD, in the School of Education with supervisory input from the School of Medicine and the Yorkshire Auditory Implant Centre. Your research will concern young preschool deaf children growing up in multilingual contexts where the prevalence of childhood deafness has significant implications for education, health, and social participation.

Objectives: You will analyse and describe the multilingual language and communication development and assessment of young deaf children fitted with cochlear implant (CI) and identify implications for educational and clinical support and intervention.

Description: Young deaf children fitted with a CI from multilingual contexts are increasingly exposed to, and use, two or more spoken languages in their daily lives. However, it is not clear which approaches/strategies are most effective for the identification and support of this diversity. This vulnerable group of learners is thus at risk of failing in school and encountering subsequent problems relating to health, social participation, and employment. The language and learning needs of multilingual children need addressing as early as possible and that this can most effectively be done using an investigative approach that takes into account the full ecology of the child’s life and a multi professional (education and health) perspective. You will examine CI users’ exposure to and use of multiple languages in their daily lives and the different contexts for the multilingual communication and language development. Descriptions of individual profiles will include audiological profiles, technologies in use, and (sign and spoken) language biographies and repertoires.

Planned secondments will take place at Bradford Royal Infirmary, Yorkshire Auditory Implant Centre in the UK (M18-M20) and at Centre Comprendre et Parler in Belgium (M21-M23).

Contact details for more information: Professor Ruth Swanwick, School of Education

E-mail: r.a.swanwick@leeds.ac.uk

Dr Edward Killan, School of Medicine

E-mail: e.killan@leeds.ac.uk

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