Multimodal Communication

There is a growing acknowledgement in academia, the professions and wider society that communication – spoken and written, digital and print, graphic and verbal – is inherently multimodal. This reflects the huge increase in the production and consumption of multimodal products. In this context, there is clear cross-sectoral demand for reliable research into multimodality.

You will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications and a strong record of presentations at international conferences. You will conduct research on one or more of the languages of the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, ideally those which show the greatest potential for growth.  Acting as catalyst for collaboration within and beyond the Faculty of Arts under the Language at Leeds initiative, in partnership with your mentor you will organise seminars with international speakers, network internationally at conferences and build local collaborations. You will also co-supervise PhDs and work on and further develop language and content modules taught within the School. You would also be expected to submit grant applications for a personal fellowship (e.g. an AHRC early-career Fellowship; Leverhulme Fellowship; Horizon 2020) and small individual or networking research grants as well as work with colleagues across the schools to submit larger grants.

You will have significant proven research experience within the field of multimodality in relation to language and/or communication, the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Janet Watson, Language at Leeds Chair, tel: + 44 (0)113 3437069, email:

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