Research Trainee

University of York

United Kingdom

August 11, 2022


Research Trainee




£27,131 a year (pro-rated for part-time working)


Grade 5

Contract status

Fixed term

Hours of work

Full or part-time (see job details)

Based at

University of York campus

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  • 11094 Job Description.pdf (PDF, 231.18kb)
  • Role Description Department

    The National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy (NCELP (https:// www. ) 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 (https: // in 2016. NCELP is housed within the University's Department of Education.


    The University of York is seeking an exceptional Research Trainee to contribute to the research and evaluation programme associated with the Centre's activities (including materials, pedagogy, and/or professional development). You will:

  • Transcribe, code, and analyse oral and written production data in French.
  • Process and analyse quantitative data for language assessment.
  • The role is available fixed term (6 months) part-time or full-time (up to a maximum of 1 FTE), starting from 2 September 2022 until 3 March 2023.

    Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed


  • First degree in one or more of: linguistics, (cognitive) psychology, education, French, German, Spanish
  • Proven expertise at ‘post-A level' in at least French, German, and/or Spanish if first degree is not in one of these languages is desirable
  • Knowledge (desirable):

  • Knowledge of language assessment, development, and/or education
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies, including (language) data transcription, coding, and analysis.
  • Knowledge of foreign language education in the UK and/or a similar compulsory secondary education context
  • Experience (desirable) :

  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
  • Experience of writing up research work for publication
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative
  • Experience working with and/or conducting research with secondary school- aged children
  • Skills (desirable) :

  • Ability to undertake academic research. Examples may include transcribing, coding, and analysing oral and written production data in French, and processing and analysing quantitative data for language assessment.
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media and networks for dissemination
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently using own initiative
  • Excellent IT skills, including the ability to qualitative (e.g., NVivo) and quantitative (e.g., R, SPSS) data analysis platforms.
  • Condition of Employment

    This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form. Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

    Interview date: Week commencing 29 August 2022 (via Zoom)

    For informal enquiries: please contact Amber Dudley at

    “The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds. #EqualityatYork”.

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