Research Assistant/Associate (Unsettling Scientific Stories) - B103766R

Newcastle University - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Geography, Politics & Sociology

£27,285 to £28,936 (PhD nearing completion)
£29,799 to £38,833 (PhD Awarded)

The ‘Unsettling Scientific Stories’ Project now in its final year, is investigating how science futures have been written and re-written over the past century and how publics have interpreted and used them.

As a researcher for the ‘Prospecting Futures’ sub-study you will take the lead in investigating online discussions to understand how reading publics interpret, contest and recreate science futures through their engagements with science fiction texts. You will design and lead a second phase of the Prospecting Futures study, conducting, analysing and writing up research, organising project events (meetings, conferences), working with the wider project team to develop the other project components.

You should have a PhD (awarded or nearing completion) in cultural sociology, cultural/media/communication studies, or a related discipline, and you will be an experienced researcher with demonstrable potential to write and publish excellent research. You will have knowledge of reading as a social practice and appreciation of the genre of science fiction (especially novels), plus experience of conducting qualitative research with audiences/readers (or similar) online.

For informal enquiries please contact Lisa Garforth (

The post is available fixed term until 30 September 2018 and is full time.

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Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers.  We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

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