University of Leeds: second position for prospective Ph.D candidates on Multimodal communication (ESR 12)

Call for Ph.D. thesis applications: second position Multimodal communication among deaf and hearing interactants in the presence of sensory and communication asymmetries.

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, multimodal communication, language 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 examine how multimodal aspects of communication can facilitate deaf-hearing interaction and support deaf children’s language learning in situations where the language and communication resources of the interactants are not shared.

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, language and communication analysis, multimodality, 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: Multimodal communication among deaf and hearing interactants in the presence of sensory and communication asymmetries.

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 ways in which multimodal aspects of communication can facilitate deaf-hearing interaction and support deaf children’s language learning in situations where the language and communication resources of the interactants are not shared.

Objectives: You will examine how individuals with different experiences of language and communication draw on their multimodal communicative strategies to fulfil their communicative needs in specific situations of daily life, and how the use of hearing technologies influences the development of these resources.

Description: The aim of the project is to reveal the potential of multimodal strategies to facilitate interaction between deaf children and their family members, teachers and peers and for the development of their language learning; to understand how multimodal communication strategies are influenced by context, the interactional situation and the audiological variables and technologies, and how they change over time. This will involve the analysis of daily life interactions between deaf and hearing children and adults in a) family and social milieu and b) the early education context and scrutiny of video-recorded data of situated interactions among deaf and hearing children. Multimodal analysis of this interactive data will be undertaken to provide detailed annotation, analysis and documentation of the multimodal strategies in play. The application of findings will be relevant to early intervention with families, education, health, and interpreting and communication practices in deaf/hearing communities more generally.

Planned secondments will take place at Bradford Royal Infirmary, Yorkshire Auditory Implant Centre in the UK (M12-M14) and at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (M16-M18).

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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