Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Humanities - Diasporic Identities, The Open University

King's College London

This post is being advertised via King’s College London, but the successful candidate will be employed directly by The Open University and subject to their terms and conditions of employment.

Language Acts and Worldmaking is a flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative. In it we aim to illuminate the ways in which language empowers us by enabling us to construct our personal, local, transnational and spiritual identities, and constrains us by carrying unexamined ideological baggage. It is this dialectic that we call worldmaking. The project is made up of 6 research strands that provide different, but overlapping, perspectives on our central research questions, which explore language as a material and historical force, foregrounding language’s power to shape how we live, and realising the potential of Modern Language learning to open pathways between worlds past and present. We are seeking to recruit 5 Post-Doctoral Research Assistants who will each work on a specific strand, as well as across the project as a whole. A more detailed description of the project and each different research strand can be found in the supplementary material included with this advert.

For the Diasporic Identities strand, you will work with strand leads, Inma Álvarez and Lluisa Astruc, based at the Open University. You will work on their own research, developed from the research proposal submitted as part of this application (please see Job Pack for details).

For this post, you should have a PhD in relevant discipline, and near native knowledge of Spanish. We are keen to receive applications from a broad range of disciplines, and so encourage those with a background in related areas of the Humanities or Social Sciences to apply. Similarly, although the initial focus of the project is Spanish and Portuguese language, we also encourage those with knowledge of other languages to apply.

As part of the application process, you are asked to submit an individual research proposal relating to the Diasporic Identities research strand, a detailed description of which can be found in the supplementary materials included with this advert. Proposals should be 1,000 words (max) and detail how they fit with and further develop the Diasporic Identities research strand. A detailed outline of required elements for research proposals is included in the Job Pack. Please note: application forms, CVs, research proposals and any further supporting documents must be submitted as a single file.

The selection process will include a presentation based on submitted research proposal, and a panel interview.

Interviews are scheduled to be held the week commencing: 9th January 2017

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