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Research Assistant

King's College London - Geography

Location: London
Salary: £32,676 to £37,297 p.a., including London Weighting Allowance
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 6th October 2021
Job Ref: 031885

Job description

The Department of Geography is seeking a part-time research assistant for two days a week to assist Professor David Green and Dr Harry Smith on the Wellcome-Trust funded project ‘Addressing Health: Morbidity, Mortality and Occupational Health in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office’ (

Addressing Health examines the history of occupational health and morbidity during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in the United Kingdom using Post Office pension records and other original archives. The pension records are held at The Postal Museum and contain valuable information on the health of postal workers in the United Kingdom during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. This post will aid in the digitisation, transcription and analysis of these pension records and other related documents

The research assistant will work with Dr Harry Smith and will have responsibilities for data management and  some research analysis. The primary tasks will include preparing photographs of these pension records for transcription, checking outputs for accuracy and monitoring  the data gathering process. In addition, there will be other archival records that will require checking for accuracy and analysis. The postholder will also be expected to work with volunteers and to undertake some archival visits in London. The postholder will also be expected to contribute to and write up working papers relating to the project.

We are looking for a highly organised candidate who is familiar with Excel and Access (or other similar relational database software).

The work will take place remotely but there may be occasions when attendance at The Postal Museum in central London will be required.  The postholder will be expected to participate in project team meetings.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months

This is a part-time post – 40% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Managing the photographs of Post Office pension records – renaming .jpg files, organising files and transmitting them to volunteers who are cropping the images.
  • Checking the transcriptions of the pension records – undertaking internal consistency checks, comparing transcribed data to external sources.
  • Assisting in the analysis of data arising from the pension records and other original material gathered by the project team.
  • Supervising volunteers who are photographing pension records at The Postal Museum.
  • Contributing to and assisting in the writing of working papers relating to the project goals
  • Undertaking research activities relating to the project using online sources and original archives, including the gathering and analysis of data. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

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