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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - Department of History - School of History and Cultures in the College of Arts and Law

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 full time starting salary range, with potential progression once in post to £43,434. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th September 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: 98262

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927 with potential progression once in post to £43,434

Grade 7

Full time

Fixed-term for up to 36 months

Location:  University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 31 October 2021

The Department of History seeks to appoint a Research Fellow to work on the ERC-funded project ‘The Making of Monoculture: A Global History’ (MaMoGH), led by Prof Frank Uekötter.

MaMoGH, a major 5-year project funded by the European Research Council, explores the rise and resilience of monocultures around the world. The aim is to understand why organic production regimes worldwide have gravitated towards a reliance on one single species during the modern era. It includes a number of case studies that investigate individual monocultures in specific places. This case study focuses on the development of vegetable production in the east of England after 1945.

Further information about the project:

Main Duties include:

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own research, with assistance of the PI
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

The research fellow will have a PhD in History, Anthropology, Geography or related disciplines, or equivalent qualifications/experience, as well as a demonstrated ability to work independently to the very highest levels of research excellence. Research may require interviews, participant observation, and other forms of field work.

The research fellow will join a team of academics who explore the world of monoculture. As a member of the History Department, the research fellow will join a lively and flourishing research community where they will enjoy opportunities for intellectual and other leadership in a collegiate and highly ambitious environment.

Informal enquiries can be made to Frank Uekotter:

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit our careers website;, please quote Job Ref 98262 in all enquiries.

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