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Postdoctoral Researchers (2 positions available): Eighteenth-century theatre history

National University of Ireland, Galway - School of English and Creative Arts

Location: Galway - Ireland
Salary: €39,186 or £33,266.25 (converted salary*) per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 22nd October 2021
Job Ref: NUIG RES 191-21

Project: Theatronomics: the business of theatre, 1732–1809

NUI Galway  is recruiting 2 full-time, fixed term Postdoctoral Researchers – Eighteenth-century theatre history for the above project led by Professor David O'Shaughnessy, School of English and Creative Arts and funded by the European Research Council.

Project Description

This project investigates the finances of eighteenth-century theatre in London, 1732–1809.  The project will transcribe and digitize manuscript financial records and will use econometric methods to analyse the theatres’ underlying commercial operations. The project will apply these economic methodologies so that new perspectives on the careers of managers, playwrights, actors, and plays emerge.

Contract duration:  1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024 (36 months)

The succcessful candidates will develop new interdisciplinary methodologies for the financial analysis of London theatre. They will develop profiles of theatres, managers, playwrights, plays, and the theatre audience. They will research the salary lifecycle of the Georgian actor and build a full picture of other costs incurred by the theatres. The roles will involve working with cultural economists to develop econometric analytical frameworks (no expertise in economics required).

Duties include:

  • Primary research into the careers of actors, managers, playwrights, and other theatre employees
  • Primary research into eighteenth-century theatre financial data
  • Analysing the revenues/costs of the theatre
  • Developing a detailed profile of the Georgian actor's salary lifecycle
  • Developing profiles of the theatre audiences across the period
  • Associated administrative duties
  • Contributing to the project website, social media outputs
  • Prepare research work for publication, individually or in collaboration with research team, and disseminate results as appropriate


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • PhD in eighteenth- or nineteenth-century theatrical culture or a related field
  • Significant experience in archival and historical research
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work well both collaboratively and independently
  • Highly motivated, with excellent organisational skills

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience of working with digital humanities / TEI
  • Experience of working with databases
  • Experience of quantitative research
  • Excellent IT skills / website design / social media
  • Peer-reviewed publication record


To Apply

Applications should include a covering letter outlining the applicant's suitability for the role, CV, a sample of academic written work, and the contact details of two referees. Applications should be sent via email (in PDF only) to  

Please put the relevant reference number in subject line of e-mail application.

Salary: €39,186 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)

Start: 1 January 2022

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

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Please contact  Professor David O'Shaughnessy for any queries:

Closing date:5.00 pm, 22nd October 2021. 

NUI Galway reserves the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.

National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment.

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