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Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £35,333 per annum pro rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd September 2022
Closes: 14th October 2022
Job Ref: UOS034654
 

Are you looking to join a vibrant, research-intensive Russell Group University?

The Department of Music is seeking to appoint one professional and innovative Research Associate for a period of 24 months.

The Department of Music has 25 members of academic staff, a dedicated Professional Service Team, around 100 undergraduates, 47 research postgraduates, and 100 postgraduates on taught courses. It is one of the largest and most vibrant academic music departments in the UK, covering musicology, performance, ethnomusicology, composition, psychology of music, music education, music technology and music management. It offers a range of exciting programmes at undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral levels and ranked 6th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, in which 84% of research was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Further information about the Department of Music can be found here: www.sheffield.ac.uk/music

With the English folk club scene, established in the early 1960s, under significant threat of extinction, Dr. Hield’s fellowship is set to launch an ambitious programme of initiatives to help make folk singing more accessible in a bid to ensure its survival in the 21st century. This programme of work will be co-produced and use Action Research methods, involving academics, folk music organisations, musicians, audiences and a variety of communities. You will work as part of the research team to support this ambitious agenda, which aims to position the University at the forefront of research and practice in this field.

You will co-design and deliver a series of surveys to understand the existing activity and ideas around folk singing in England and people’s attitude to the future of the practice. Supporting the projects co-production principles, you will work with a range of external stakeholders such as the English Folk Dance and Song Society, English Folk Expo, and multiple regional folk music providers to design the methods, and be responsible for recruiting research participants.

You will analyse the survey results and present findings through a number of formats including academic articles and conferences, alongside public facing activity.

As the research is co-produced, the specific nature of the surveys are not predetermined, you will be expected to be adaptable and innovative in working with community members to design and conduct the research, with support from Dr Hield and the rest of the project team.

The position may include an element of travel to design and conduct research, and to present at conferences. Adaptations to meet this requirement can be negotiated if necessary depending on individual circumstances.

You will contribute to the Department’s strategic objectives to produce high quality research of world-leading significance and rigour, attracting international recognition to the project’s research team.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Fay Hield (f.hield@sheffield.ac.uk) for a copy of the full project description before making their application.

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