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Research Associate in Environmental Humanities (Wetland Times)

Lancaster University - Languages & Cultures

Location: Lancaster
Salary: £31,396 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th December 2023
Closes: 4th January 2024
Job Ref: 1267-23

Interviews will be held in January 2024.

The Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University is seeking to appoint a full time Research Associate, to work with Dr Nicola Thomas (Languages and Cultures) and Professor Gordon Walker (Lancaster Environment Centre). The role is for a 12-month period. We would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible. 

You will work on a British Academy funded project “Wetland Times”. This project investigates the different natural and human times, temporalities, and time narratives within three Wetland landscapes – Morecambe Bay, the Wadden Sea, and the Dja Faunal Reserve in the Congo Basin. The project will apply linguistic, cultural, literary and discourse analysis techniques to a range of materials produced by and from these locations, across several languages. You will join a multi-disciplinary team and will work with our non-academic project partners. 

You will be involved in all aspects of the research, including conducting the initial analysis, contributing to publications and presentations, and disseminating findings to non-academic audiences. The team are committed to supporting your career development and would welcome your engagement with and contribution to further funding applications. 

You will have (or have nearly completed) a PhD in a humanities or social science discipline, such as modern languages and cultures, English literature, comparative literature, history, politics, human geography, or related area. You should have a demonstrable interest in environmental humanities and culture research. You will have experience running events and working with non-academic audiences. For a full person specification, please see the ‘person specification’ document. 

Lancaster University is consistently highly ranked (~top 15) in the UK university league tables and is in the top 1% of universities globally. It is located on a beautiful campus in the North West of England close to the stunning Lake District National Park. 

You will join a vibrant community of researchers in the field of modern languages and cultures, including academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD researchers. 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. 

Informal enquiries about the role can be directed to Dr Nicola Thomas, nicola.thomas@lancaster.ac.uk, who is the Principal Investigator for the Wetland Times project. 

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.  

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.  

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.  

We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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