Postdoctoral Research Associates

University of Cambridge

4 Posts

Applications are invited for four three-year Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) to work on the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project (2017-22), ARCTIC CULT , Arctic Cultures: Sites of Collection in the Formation of the European and American Northlands, led by Dr. Richard Powell.

The project investigates the construction of the Arctic that emerged from the exploration of the region by Europeans and North Americans and their contacts with indigenous people from the middle of the sixteenth century. It examines that ways that texts, cartographic representations and objects were collected and returned to sites like London, Copenhagen, Berlin and Philadelphia. The construction of the Arctic thereby became entwined within the growth of colonial museum cultures and, indeed, western modernity. This project delineates the networks and collecting cultures involved in this creation of Arctic Cultures. It involves research at museums, archives, libraries and repositories across Europe and North America, as well as in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. The project aspires to a new understanding of the consequences of colonial representations and decolonial processes for debates about the Circumpolar Arctic today.

The project is based in the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) and Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. The holders of the four posts will have office space in the SPRI.

Candidates will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD (or similar qualification) and may also have some postdoctoral experience in a relevant area. Relevant subject areas include but are not limited to: human geography, cultural anthropology, colonial history, museum studies, global history, history of science, science and technology studies, history of art or material cultural studies. Candidates will have knowledge and/or experience of research into the cultures and peoples of the Circumpolar Arctic (or related issues), the ability to work independently and with colleagues in a team, and good data analysis and communication skills. Fluency in English is essential for all posts. For each of the four posts, knowledge and reading of relevant languages is desirable, including ability in one or more of the following languages, among others: Inuktitut, Kalaallisut, Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish (see the Further Particulars for specific information on each post).

The successful candidates will be expected to undertake research at relevant museums, archives, libraries and repositories across Europe and North America, as well as in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, in support of their case study. In addition to academic outputs, the project will create a website, an exhibition, a major international conference, a series of workshops, seminars and public events. All team members will take active roles in these activities.

Preferred start date for each post is 1 October 2018 and the posts are funded for three years.  The salary range is £31,604 to £38,833.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2018.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on 21/22 May 2018 in Cambridge.

Please apply online via http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/16814/

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Birkbeck, University of London – Department of English and Humanities
Location: Bloomsbury
Salary: £37,169 to £42,483
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 28th March 2018
Closes: 1st May 2018
Job Ref: 12479

Job Description

The Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London invites applications for a fixed-term 0.6 Lecturer A in Modern and Contemporary Literature.

The Department offers world-class research and teaching across a range of critical and creative fields from the early medieval period to the twenty-first century. The successful candidate will cover the teaching and administrative duties of Dr Caroline Edwards whilst she is on maternity leave. Candidates will be expected to contribute to teaching across our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in English & Humanities including BA modules such as Writing London, Science Fiction, Contemporary Tragedy and MA options such as Reading the Contemporary and A Time for Revolution. They will supervise Final Year Projects and Dissertation students and act as convenor of the well-established MA Contemporary Literature and Culture.

Candidate Requirements

Ideally, applicants should have a PhD in a relevant subject area or be close to completion, with teaching experience at HE level. Teaching experience at undergraduate degree level is essential. Teaching & convening experience at postgraduate degree level is desirable. You will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the development of innovative approaches to teaching, as well as undertaking appropriate administrative duties.

About the Department

For further information about the department, please visit the following website: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/

Further Information

Salary: Grade 7 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is £37,169 rising to £42,483 pro rata per annum.

This post is part-time, 21 hours per week (0.6 FTE) and fixed term to July 2019. The salary quoted above will be pro-rata for this part time post and is on the College’s London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 3 years. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 1 May 2018.

Interviews will be held on Friday 8 June 2018.

For further information on this opportunity contact Dr Heike Bauer, Assistant Dean (email; h.bauer@bbk.ac.uk).

Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and membership of WISE, operating the Disability Confident and Mindful Employer schemes, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.

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Professor in English, specializing in American Literature

Uppsala University – Department of English

Location: Uppsala University, Sweden
Starting Date: 2019-04-01 (to be negotiated)
Application Deadline: 14 May 2018

The Department of English at Uppsala University, Sweden seeks to appoint a Professor in English, specializing in American literature, on a full time, ongoing basis to develop and enhance its strong teaching and research profile in American literature. This position is the only one of its kind in Sweden, and the department hosts the only doctoral programme specialization in American literature in the country.

We welcome applications from candidates with a sustained record of international excellence in research and a robust publication portfolio. The successful candidate will have a track record in research collaboration and external grant capture, a proven record of postgraduate supervision at doctoral level and of teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, and be able to show strong evidence of their leadership skills. The department is keen to enhance its American literature research profile in the areas of transnational studies and migration, the environmental humanities, narratives of risk and vulnerability, and Black Atlantic research and we are particularly interested in applications from candidates whose work lies in these areas.

As Professor of English specializing in American literature you will:

  • teach and supervise at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and contribute to curriculum development
  • make an outstanding and sustained contribution to the research profile of the department through your own research, your development of research projects and collaborations, through securing external funding, and through activities contributing to knowledge exchange and public engagement
  • undertake a leadership role in developing the American literature section of the department and its doctoral specialization
  • undertake senior managerial duties within the department and university when necessary

While the working language of the department is English and teaching and supervision will occur in English, any appointee who is not proficient in Swedish at the start of employment will be expected to acquire a good working knowledge of the language within two years.

Uppsala University welcomes applicants of all genders and with different backgrounds, abilities and life experience.

For detailed information about the vacancy, including how to apply, please select this link: http://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=192390

For further information about the position, please contact, Head of Department Merja Kytö, tel.no +46 (0)18 471 1251, e-mail merja.kyto@engelska.uu.se 

Professor of American History

University of Kent – School of History

The School of History seeks to appoint a Professor in American History, on a full time and ongoing basis, to enhance its exceptionally strong teaching and research profile.

The position is part of an expansion in this subject area that reflects thriving undergraduate numbers and will involve other posts. Applications from specialists in any field of American History are welcome, but the School is particularly keen to enhance its coverage in the areas of race, gender and social history, political history and international relations.

We welcome applications from candidates who have a strong research trajectory based on leadership and international recognition in the field, a robust publication portfolio and an impressive REF submission, external grant capture, a proven track record of postgraduate supervision at doctoral level, and strong evidence of public engagement/impact activity.

As Professor of American History you will:

  • teach and convene undergraduate and postgraduate modules in American history and to contribute to curriculum development in this area
  • make an outstanding and sustained contribution to the research profile of the School of History through research, successful external funding bids, knowledge exchange and public engagement
  • undertake a leadership role in building a research cluster in the School and attracting and supervising high-quality postgraduate applications
  • perform a senior management role in the School and in the Centre for American Studies

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in History (or Equivalent)
  • proven track-record of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • a sustained record of international excellence in research and publication
  • ability to encourage and support all staff, especially early career researchers, in the development of all aspects of their professional career

The School of History at the University of Kent is dedicated to excellence in research, learning and teaching. The School contains thirty one full-time academic staff, half of whom have been appointed since 2001. The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) placed the School 8th nationally for Research Intensity, and our students work alongside lecturers and tutors who are not just excellent teachers, but world-class researchers actively working at the forefront of their chosen field. The School currently offers a range of undergraduate programmes. In recent years it has received consistently high ratings of over 90% student satisfaction for its undergraduate teaching in the National Student Survey. At postgraduate level, it offers MAs by coursework or research, an M.Sc and a full PhD programme.

Interviews are to be held: 07 March 2018

See the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process contact The Resourcing Team on jobs@kent.ac.uk quoting ref: HUM0829

Applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

If you are invited for an interview, we will request references for you at that stage.

King’s College London – English
Location: London
Salary: £50,618 to £58,655
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 26th January 2018
Closes: 26th February 2018
Job Ref: A8/AAE/0163/18-CF

The salary will be paid at Grade 8, £50,618 to £58,655 per annum, plus £2,923 per annum London Allowance.

This post will be Indefinite.

King’s College London with its 200 years of heritage is recognised today as a world-leading research university, ranked 7th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We understand the need to turn original thinking into everyday application, encouraging curiosity to develop work that makes an impact on society and global issues. Great names from King’s are continuing to change the world.

The Department wishes to appoint a Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American literature and culture, with a specialism in prose or fiction. All interests that would broaden and enhance our current coverage in the period will be considered but we are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: modernism, multi-ethnic literatures of the US, gender studies. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellence in research and a record of grant capture. Candidates will be expected to show leadership and innovation in teaching and to lead in the development of the study of American literature and culture across the curriculum. A record of work in public engagement and impact would be an advantage. The post will be based at the Virginia Woolf Building, King’s Strand Campus.

Located in the heart of London, King’s is the hub of a global network of strong academic connections and collaboration, with prestigious international partnerships within and across disciplines – scientific and medical, social and creative. King’s is investing in the highest calibre of talent to drive the university forward to achieve its greatest potential. The very best from the United Kingdom and across the globe are invited to join King’s. We are looking for a strong commitment to teaching, to push the boundaries of knowledge, influence the future and create a lasting impact.

Diversity and inclusion is central to all our work in the English Department. We encourage applications from BME academics.

The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Richard Kirkland on richard.kirkland@kcl.ac.uk.

To apply for this role, please go to the King’s College London HireWire Job Board and register to download and submit the specified application form.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 26 February 2018.

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Oxford Brookes University – School of Education
Qualification type: PhD
Location: Oxford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £16,000 for a maximum of three years
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 15th December 2017
Closes: 20th February 2018
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

Eligibility: Home/EU and International students

Bursary: £16,000 for a maximum of three years

Fees: Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate only will be paid by the School of Education

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Tuesday 20th February 2018

Interview date: Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the deadline

Start date: 17th September 2018

Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Landscape and Children’s Literature.

The project will be co-supervised by Professor Mary Wild and Dr Roger Dalrymple in the Oxford Brookes School of Education with potential involvement from a third, external supervisor. This project offers an outstanding student the chance to conduct research into the role, significance and function of landscape in children’s literature, with a likely emphasis on popular British children’s fantasy fiction of the last fifty years. The precise critical approach to the topic is negotiable but should broadly align with ecocriticism – an interdisciplinary approach to textual analysis which elucidates the constructions and meanings encoded in literary depictions of landscape. The project’s focus should be confined to post-war children’s literature, given the pre-eminence of works of this period in children’s current reading habits and core texts in the primary classroom.

He or she will join a vibrant and expanding community of doctoral students with access to world-class resources. A full project description will be included in the application pack.

The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £16,000 as a stipend towards living expenses for a maximum of three years.

The studentships are open to both Home/EU and International students. Home/EU fees will be covered by the School of Education for a maximum of three years. However, International applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year. Please note that all fees rise by approximately 4% each year. Please see this page for information on current International fees:

Page for information on current International fees:

http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance—international-students/research-degree-fees-for-international-students/

For information on current Home/EU fees: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance—uk-and-eu-students/research-degree-fees/

As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active School. For more information on the School of Education, please visit https://www.brookes.ac.uk/school-of-education/

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Directors of Studies mwild@brookes.ac.uk and rdalrymple@brookes.ac.uk to discuss their application.

How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk quoting Landscape and Children’s Literature in the subject heading.

 

Regent’s University London – Media
Location: London
Salary: £48.59 per hour for teaching
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 29th November 2017
Closes: 10th December 2017
Job Ref: RC17/151/HAS
Hours: As required
Contract type: Visiting Lecturer

The School of Creative and Liberal Arts, within the faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, at Regent’s University is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary school. We offer international students the opportunity to study subjects as diverse as Media Production, Interior Design, Art History and International Relations in the beautiful environments of Regent’s Park and Marylebone Village.

The school includes pathways in Media Communications, Public Relations, Journalism and Film Studies, for which we are currently seeking visiting lecturers to join our pool teaching on undergraduate programmes.

In addition, depending on experience and expertise, lecturers may also be asked to contribute to our new MA in Media and Digital Communication which launches in September 2018.

BA Pathways in Media and Communications, Journalism and Public Relations. The expertise required for modules within these programmes includes, but is not limited to:

-Introduction to Film
-Foundation in Media Studies
-Media Communications and Culture
-Digital Photography
-Media and Ethics
-Corporate Communications
-Understanding Social Media
-Gender in the Media
-Critical Television Studies in the 21st Century
-TV Studio Production

We are looking for lecturers who have experience in learning, teaching and assessment in HE and/or have proven industry expertise within media and/or communication sectors. Successful candidates will join a well-established team of academics in the subject area of Media and Communications and they will have the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the development of the discipline(s) within the University.

You will actively contribute to our programmes on a term time, hourly basis, undertaking preparation, teaching and assessment, alongside the opportunity to contribute to our international Summer School provision.

About us

Regent’s University London is London’s only independent, not-for-profit university, with a highly cosmopolitan community based in Royal Regent’s Park and Marylebone. Our students study in a supportive, personal environment and go on to become global entrepreneurs and leaders. We are proud to welcome staff and students from more than 140 different countries.

There has never been a more exciting time to join us. We have an ambitious strategic plan to lead us to 2020 and beyond. Our mission is focused on delivering high quality education and a commitment to reinvesting in continuing improvement and public benefit. There are few institutions able to replicate the international learning environment provided on our beautiful campus.

How to apply

Please visit our website www.regents.ac.uk/jobs.aspx to view further details and to apply online. Within your application, please provide a statement stating why you are suitable for the role, making reference to your skills and experience against the Person Specification.

Should you not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, then unfortunately your application has not been successful.

Interview and Selection Date(s): 15th December 2017 or 5 January 2018.

Regent’s University London are Equal Opportunities employer.

Please note, we advise applicants to use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox (Version 34 and below) when completing the online application form.

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Nanyang Technological University – Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS); College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Location: Singapore
Salary: Not specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 29th November 2017
Closes: 31st December 2017

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 11th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities.

The Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, NTU, invites applications for humanities and social science postdoctoral fellowships and visiting fellowships for the Academic Year 2018. Successful candidates will be affiliated with one or more of the constituent schools of the College.

Application details: http://class.cohass.ntu.edu.sg/Research/Pages/CLASS-Fellowships.aspx.

For information about the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, please visit www.cohass.ntu.edu.sg.

The application deadline is Dec 31, 2017 (11:59pm Singapore Time).

14th QS World University Rankings (WUR) 2017 published in June 2017.
7th QS World University Rankings (WUR) 2017 Top 50 Under 50 ranking published in July 2017.

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University of Birmingham – Department of English Literature
Location: Birmingham
Salary: £39,993 to £47,722 With potential progression once in post to £53,690 a year
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 9th November 2017
Closes: 1st December 2017
Job Ref: 58352

The University of Birmingham wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Popular Fiction with effect from 1st August 2018. We seek an early career academic with a completed and successfully examined PhD, evidence of teaching experience, and a developing record of outstanding research that will complement and enhance existing Department strengths.

The successful candidate will have research expertise in popular genre fiction (with Horror, the Thriller, Noir, Mystery, or Young/New Adult as areas of research interest that would be particularly desirable). They will be interested in developing innovative approaches to research and teaching. They will be expected to create and disseminate knowledge through initiating and conducting original research, through publication and through developing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. An interest in research impact and public engagement activity would also be an advantage. In addition the post holder will contribute to the department and school by undertaking academic administration as appropriate to the appointment.

 

To download the details and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below; please quote Job Reference in all enquiries. Alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000 or visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/jobs.

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University of London – School of Advanced Study
Location: Central London
Salary: Not specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 8th November 2017
Closes: 18th December 2017
Job Ref: Leverhulme ECF

The School of Advanced Study, University of London invites applications for Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships, to start between 1 September 2018 and 1 May 2019. Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position.

The School is pleased to support a limited number of applications to the Trust for outstanding projects from exceptional candidates. We welcome expressions of interest from eligible candidates with a completed PhD and an excellent track record, working in any of the disciplines covered by our constituent institutes.

For full instructions on how to apply, see http://www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/fellowships/externally-funded-fellowships/leverhulme-trust-early-career-fellowships.

For further details on both the School and the constituent institutes within which the Fellow will be based, see www.sas.ac.uk.

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