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Research Associate

University of Kent - School of English

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £34,189 to £39,609 per annum (grade 7).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd January 2019
Closes: 1st March 2019
Job Ref: HUM0901

Do you have a PhD in an area of Early Modern Studies (literature or social and cultural history), with a track record of disseminating your work to a range of audiences?

The School of English/Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies are seeking to recruit a Research Associate for a 2 year contract to work with Professor Catherine Richardson (Principal Investigator), Dr Tara Hamling at the University of Birmingham and Professor Graeme Earl at King's London (Co-Is), on the AHRC-funded project entitled 'The Cultural Lives of the Middling Sort: writing and material culture 1560-1660'. The project will examine the cultural lives of the literate, urban ‘middling sort’ in early modern England, analysing the broad range of written and material forms with which they were engaged as producers and consumers.

As a Research Associate you will:

  • Transcribe manuscript writings in personal and urban archives, and evidence of textual engagement from probate materials.
  • Assist with the project's impact activities, including working with the project partners on the selection of material for an online exhibition and KS3 educational resource.
  • Write a series of blog posts for the project's website that reflect upon the development of your research.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Completed a PhD in a relevant area of Early Modern Studies.
  • Have Palaeographical skills in 16/17C handwriting of various kinds.
  • Have experience of archival work and research interests in early modern literature or social and cultural history.

The School of English currently has c. 900 full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students. Its permanent academic staff of 51 includes an excellent cohort of highly promising and productive early career researchers alongside senior staff with international reputations. English at Kent is based on a commitment to the traditional fields of the discipline, to consolidating the School’s distinctive strengths, and to innovation.

The University of Kent is a distinctive and attractive place to work. We employ over 6,000 staff, including academic and research staff and a full range of support and administration staff. Our staff enjoy competitive salaries, an occupational pension scheme, generous holiday entitlements and a great working environment.

Further Information
Closing date for applications: 1 March 2019

Interviews are to be held: 12 March 2019 (expected to take place in London)

Please press the apply button to go to the university's website where you can view the full job description and apply for this post. For further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: HUM0901.

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

Please be advised that another Research Associate position on this project, focused on the material cultural evidence, will shortly be announced via the University of Birmingham where it will be based.

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