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Research Assistant: St John's and the Colonial Past

St John's College, Oxford

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 Grade 7, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st March 2019
Closes: 29th April 2019

Applications are invited for a two-year fixed-term post of Research Assistant in St. John’s College, University of Oxford.  The post involves working on a research project entitled ‘St John’s and the Colonial Past’, funded by the College and led by Professor William Whyte. The appointee will take up the post on 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  This full-time post is a two-year fixed-term position created to provide support for the research project and will therefore not be extended or renewed.

The appointment will be on the University’s Grade 7 for Academic and Academic-related staff, currently ranging from £32,236 - £39,609 per annum.

The drive to ‘decolonize the university’ -- or, at any rate, to think through the implications of institutional involvement in the imperial projects of the past -- is now a global business. As yet, however, no college in Oxford or Cambridge has seriously undertaken research into its involvement in colonialism. This project will explore connections between the college and colonialism, uncovering benefactions to St John’s and the alumni who served in the empire. It will also investigate the monuments, objects, pictures, buildings that evoke the colonial past. This research will feed into a report on other scholarly publications. After this, a series of workshops would be held to discuss the findings -- and to plan responses. This is a pioneering project; one we hope will set the standard for future work in other institutions.   

The appointee will have a doctorate or other post-graduate qualification, in either history or in a field of humanities or social science relevant to the project. Research expertise in archival work and/ or crowdsourcing is highly desirable.

The closing date for receipt of applications is noon on Monday, 29 April.  Further particulars for the post, including information about the application procedure, can be found on the College’s website at

St John’s College is an equal opportunities employer.

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