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Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th February 2019
Closes: 11th March 2019
Job Ref: LD18148

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work on the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project (2017-22), ARCTIC CULT (Arctic Cultures: Sites of Collection in the Formation of the European and American Northlands), led by Dr. Richard Powell.

The ARCTIC CULT project investigates the construction of the Arctic that emerged from the exploration of the region by Europeans and North Americans and their contacts with indigenous people from the middle of the sixteenth century. It examines that ways that texts, cartographic representations and objects were collected in the Arctic and returned to metropolitan sites. The project aspires to a new understanding of the consequences of colonial representations and decolonial processes for debates about the Circumpolar Arctic today.

The PDRA is for 2.5 years and is to research the case of ‘The search for the origin of the Inuit and Ultima Thule’. The duties of the PDRA position will include research at archives, libraries, museums and repositories across Europe and North America, as well as in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. The details of the post are included in the further particulars (see further particulars by following the link below for details).  

The candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD (or similar qualification). Relevant disciplinary backgrounds include but are not limited to: human geography, cultural anthropology, indigenous history, colonial history, museum studies, global history, history of science. Candidates will have knowledge and/or experience of research into the cultures and peoples of the Circumpolar Arctic (or related issues), excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently and with colleagues in a team, and good data analysis and IT skills. Fluency in English is essential. For the post, knowledge and reading of relevant languages is desirable, including ability in one or more of the following: Inuktitut, Kalaallisut, and Danish.

The project team are based at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) and Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will have office space in the SPRI.

Fixed-Term: The funding supporting the post ends in September 2021 in the first instance.

The closing dates for applications is 11th March 2019 in Cambridge. 

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be on 26 March 2019 in Cambridge. Ideally, the candidate would start as soon as soon as possible.

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