Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

CRASSH is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Research Associate to join the ERC-funded project, Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science (based at CRASSH), led by Dr Alexander Marr (History of Art, Cambridge). This five-year project (2014-2019) examines notions of unique talent, heightened imagination and extraordinary creativity in art and science by exploring the language, theories, practices and products of ingenium (ingenuity) ca. 1450-ca. 1750. Research in years 1-3 addressed the 'Language of Ingenuity', 'Conceptualizing Ingenuity', and 'Ingenuity in the Making'. The project is now in year 4, which is focused on 'Ingenious Images': the visual culture of ingenuity, from the iconography of ingenium to the wit of optical games.

Duties and Requirements of the Role

The successful applicant will hold a good first degree and a PhD in a field of research directly related to early modern ingenium, which must have been awarded by the start of the post. Research experience with early modern texts and/or archives, and/or visual and material culture is required; familiarity with current digital humanities research and technology is desirable; experience in researching, sourcing, and managing digital images in a scholarly context is also highly desirable. Fluency in English and excellent reading proficiency in at least two modern languages relevant to the project's research (German, Dutch, Italian, French and Spanish) are required and reading proficiency in Latin is essential. Applicants should also provide evidence of their ability to organise and participate in collaborative research initiatives/project and to present research findings to a scholarly audience. The successful applicant is expected to conduct the majority of their research in Cambridge, but must be willing to travel to European and US libraries and archives where relevant to the project's research/dissemination of research results.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2019 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Start date is from 1 January 2018. Interviews are planned for the week of 30 October 2017.

Please quote reference VM13327 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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