Senior Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Essex - Department of History

The Department of History

The Department of History’s research concentrates on early modern and modern history – from 1450 to the recent past – and embraces a wide geographical area. Historians of Britain constitute the largest single group of specialists in the Department. We have developed an impressive international profile in social and cultural history; demographic and census history; and gender history. We have a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches. One of our additional strengths is public engagement and impact.

The Role and Duties

The post holder will conduct research as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded project ‘Body, Self and Family: Women’s Psychological, Emotional and Bodily Health in Britain, c. 1960-1990’. This major interdisciplinary project explores women’s experiences at different stages of the life cycle, emphasising the interplay of body, mind and emotion, how women negotiated different sources of expertise and authority, and how new reproductive and contraceptive technologies affected experiences of ‘embodied time’. The post holder will lead a strand of the project on different modes of public communication about women’s health and illness in Britain in the period c.1960-1990. They will consult printed sources, including mass-market magazines for adult women, activist publications, lifestyle magazines and newspaper columns, and will undertake archival research on the papers of female journalists. This major project will transform historical understandings of women’s experiences of health, reproduction, and medical technologies, and will generate new approaches to researching female subjectivity and bodily experience.

Qualifications and Skills Required

The successful applicant must have a PhD in History, Sociology, Journalism or a related discipline; a track record of scholarly publications; and experience in researching historical or contemporary experiences of health and illness or gender. Ideally they will also have experience of working as part of a research team; a track record of public engagement activities; and experience of event organisation.

Please see the advert on the University of Essex website for details of information to be submitted with your research statement. Please contact Dr Tracey Loughran ( if you require further information on how to construct these statements.

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