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Postdoctoral Research Assistant x2

Queen Mary University of London - School of History

Location: London
Salary: £32,956 to £34,764 per annum (grade 4).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd September 2018
Closes: 30th September 2018
Job Ref: QMUL15722

Full time, fixed-term contract for 3 years.

The School of History at Queen Mary University of London wishes to recruit a three-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on a Wellcome Trust funded research project, ‘Pathologies of Solitude, 18th – 21st century’, led by Professor Barbara Taylor (PI).

This project, which was launched in September 2018, is an investigation into changing perceptions of solitude in Britain from the 18th century to the present, with particular emphasis on the perceived health risks of solitude and loneliness. The project is collaborative, involving a research network and visiting scholars who will explore solitude from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The project will also engage with campaigns devoted to alleviating loneliness, while an ambitious outreach programme will take its findings to the general public.

Full details of the project can be requested from Professor Taylor:

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant area which will have been awarded before the start of the role. Relevant subject areas include but are not limited to: history of the emotions; medical humanities; English literature; history of religion; cultural history; philosophy; intellectual history; gender studies; scientific studies of the emotions; psychology; psychiatry; psychoanalysis; social anthropology; sociology; urban studies; social gerontology; comparative literature.

The post will start on 1 January 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is fixed term for a period of 3 years from the start date. The post is full time (35 hours per week) with a starting salary in the range of £32,956 to £34,764 per annum, depending on experience. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Taylor ( for an informal discussion of the job and its requirements.

To apply, please click on the apply button above.

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2018.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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