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Research Associate (0.5)

De Montfort University - Faculty of Art, Design & Humanities

Location: Leicester
Salary: £34,804 to £38,017 Grade F
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 31st July 2020
Closes: 30th August 2020
Job Ref: A-61176385-02

De Montfort University (DMU) is an ambitious, globally-minded institution with a relentless focus on delivering quality teaching and learning, and a campus-wide focus on providing a sector-leading student experience.

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The faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities is home to the creative disciplines and humanities subjects, with subjects taught by internationally acclaimed and award-winning academics. Humanities students have access to the full range of audio-visual and IT facilities, including audio, video and web-based learning, and the option to study a language alongside their degree.


The School of Humanities and Performing Arts wishes to appoint a temporary 0.5 FTE MHRA Research Associate for 12 months to start on 1 January 2021. You will be expected to assist the research and editorial work of Prof Tim Fulford and Dr Dahlia Porter (University of Glasgow) on their scholarly edition of the Collected Letters of the late 18th-century chemist, doctor, geologist and poet Thomas Beddoes (Cambridge, 2026). Your duties may include researching towards biographies of correspondents and scholarly annotations, making archival visits with the editors to check transcriptions against MS letters; checking transcriptions, corresponding with archives, updating and ensuring the accuracy of the project’s databases and protocols; scheduling, attending and taking minutes at Advisory Board meetings; drafting promotional material for mounting on project webpages. You will also contribute to the School’s research profile through independent research activity and deliver research findings in conference papers and peer reviewed journals. The post is funded by the Modern Humanities Research Association, which exists to encourage and promote research in the modern European languages, including English. Besides its funding activities, the MHRA is a major research publisher. Its monographs, journals, and other research resources disseminate work across all fields and periods of literary and visual culture.

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for you to join us if you have, or are in the final stages of, a PhD in history of science or literature concentrating on the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries. Desirable attributes include experience with eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century manuscripts, experience in constructing editions, publications in a field related to Beddoes, reading and writing German, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, a high degree of accuracy and consistency in a research context, a willingness to undertake further training and professional development, as appropriate. Informal enquiries may be made to:

Prof Tim Fulford; E-mail: 

De Montfort University is committed to providing a working and learning environment that enriches lives, supports individuals to reach their full potential, and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. As an educator and shaper of society, the university aims to role model positive behaviours both within the university and to reflect the diversity of the wider community. As such we welcome applications from all potential candidates.

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