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Post-doctoral position at University of Granada: Apply for an Athenea3i-2018 Research Fellowship at the Department of Foreign Language and Literature Teaching

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    31/10/2018 11:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Cristina Pérez Valverde, from the Department of Foreign Language and Literature Teaching at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for an Athenea3i Research Fellowship in 2018 at this University. The information about the Fellowship conditions, how to apply, Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process, Evaluation Process, etc. is available in https://athenea3i.ugr.es/. Please note that applicants must comply with the Eligibility Criteria (https://athenea3i.ugr.es/?page_id=23).  

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. It serves more than 60000 students per year, including many foreign students, as UGR is the leader host institution in the Erasmus program. UGR, featuring 3650 professors and more than 2000 auxiliary personnel, offers a total of 75 degrees through its 112 departments and 28 centers.

UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://www.arwu.org/), and it is also well recognized for its web presence (http://www.4icu.org/top200/).

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of H2020, both at partner and coordination. For the duration of the Seventh Framework Programme, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 17.97 million euros, and for H2020, until 2015, more than 25 projects with total funding of more than 6 million euros. Our more than 3,000 researchers are grouped into 365 research groups covering all scientific fields and disciplines.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

Research group: HUM-457: Didáctica de la Lengua y la Literatura (Language and Literature Teaching)

The group is composed of 32 researchers engaged in the study of various phenomena related to language and literature education in formal and non-formal contexts, namely the professional development of language teachers; multilingualism and multicultural issues; gender studies; children’s literature and literary reception; fictionaly and multimodality; reading and creative writing.

The group edits the journal Porta Linguarum, indexed in the Web of Science. In the last three years, 19 doctoral theses have been supervised by members of the group.

Through a series of projects financed by the European Commission and the Spanish Ministry, the team has explored questions of language and literature teaching, teacher wellbeing, professional identity, existential issues, narrative biography applied to education, and language and immigration. Some members of the group are currently embarking on an international digital and virtual literature project.

Dr. Pérez Valverde is principal investigator. She has wide experience as a leader of research projects focused on the training of language teachers, teacher wellbeing and biographical narrative in professional development. Other research fields include fictionality and creative writing in education. She has been engaged for more than twenty years in the study of literary and fictional phenomena in educational contexts, with a special focus on the role of such phenomena in language teaching.

Project description


This line of research, focused on wellbeing, narratives, and the professional development of foreign language teachers, rests upon the findings of two projects carried out by our team in the University of Granada, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, and financed by the Spanish Ministry. After previous work on the role of narratives on the professional development of foreign language (henceforward FL) student teachers, and on account of a perceived need to extend our research from the education of teacher trainees to the current conditions of practicing teachers, we embarked on a project focused on the wellbeing of FL teachers of English. The final aim was that of diagnosing the present state of affairs, as well as to determine ways in which it may be improved. As a second step in our study, and drawing upon our finding, we continue researching on the conditions of language teachers and, above all, searching for manners to improve their wellbeing. Our research combines qualitative and quantitative methods. Furthermore, in collaboration with other European research groups, we are seeking new methodologies (mostly narrative-based) to research on the condition of emotional and professional wellbeing.

Research Area

  • Economic Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities (ECO-SOC)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Cristina Pérez Valverde (mcperez@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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