Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - College of Humanities

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Professor Maria Fusaro. This full-time European Research Council funded post (AveTransRisk - grant agreement number 724544) is available on a fixed term basis from 1st June 2018 for 2 years. However, part-time working patterns over the equivalent length will also be considered. Please state in your application form which working pattern you are interested in.

The overall aim of the AveTransRisk project is to investigate the legal and economic development of General Averages comparatively across Europe. This topic has been neglected by scholars, even though rich and substantial (serial) documentary evidence about it has survived for the early modern period. The project will be articulated along two principal axes: one principally concerned with economic analysis, which will analyse (and make available) data extracted from archives in Italy (Venice, Livorno, Genoa), the Low Countries and Spain; the other concentrating on the legal and political elements behind GA historical development. You can hear more details about the project from this link:

The successful applicant will be actively embedded into an exciting interdisciplinary and transnational research project. They will be based in Spain for the duration of the post and work in Spanish archives under the direction of the PI, and with the local support of Ana María Rivera Medina (UNED). Concentrating on ‘proper’ averages (not averías as a duty), and working on selected chronological samples, the PDRA will examine documents related to GA in Bilbao, Burgos, Archivo General de Simancas, Chancillería de Valladolid y General de Indias.

Please note that this post will be based in Spain and the post-holder will attend meetings regularly in the UK.

The starting salary will be from £28,936 per annum within the Grade E band (£26,495 - £33,518).

About you
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD in History or another relevant field in the Social Sciences and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Given the nature of this post, an excellent knowledge of Spanish is essential, and that of Latin is desirable.

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.

For further information please contact Professor Maria Fusaro on e-mail or telephone 01392 724456.

Interviews will take place in Exeter.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please press the apply button below. Please quote reference number P61390 in any correspondence.

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

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