Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - History – College of Humanities

We are a Russell Group university boasting a vibrant academic community with over 21,000 students. Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, 98% of our research is rated as being of international quality and focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing the world today. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Professor Jane Whittle. This full time Leverhulme Trust funded post is available for nine months from 1st November 2017 to 31st July 2018. The successful applicant will work on the project 'Women's Work in Rural England 1500-1700'.

The post will include preparing an annotated digital edition of early modern court documents; refining an Access database by classifying entries (particularly those relating to spatial location); analysing research findings; preparing up to two conference papers; and writing a high quality joint-authored article on an aspect of early modern women's work. The work will be conducted in close liaison with Professor Jane Whittle and Imogene Dudley (project PhD student), including regular project meetings.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to read and understand early modern court documents; use and adapt an Access database; analyse research findings; present work confidently at conferences; and produce high quality written work. A successful candidate is likely to have a PhD in late medieval or early modern economic and/or social History, a good understanding of the issues surrounding women's work in the preindustrial economy, and excellent skills in digital humanities.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly.
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development.
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career.
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

For further information please contact Professor Jane Whittle, e-mail or telephone (01392) 723292.

Interviews are expected to take place on 27th September 2017.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:


South West England