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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Children of War)

University of Exeter - Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £32,982 (pro rata) on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th February 2024
Closes: 22nd February 2024
Job Ref: P91396

This Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded post is available from 1 March 2024 for 20 months to support the work of Professor Stacey Hynd.

The post is full time however, applications from candidates seeking 0.8FTE will also be considered.

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

The post

You will form part of an international team of researchers working on the AHRC Standard Grant ‘Children of War: Evolving Local and Global Understandings of Child Soldiering in African Conflicts, c.1940-2000’. This project will deliver the first historical analysis of patterns of child soldiering in warfare in Africa, with key case studies being Uganda, Angola and DRC/Rwanda, and also of humanitarian responses to children’s involvement in conflict.

The post will support the research on the evolution of humanitarian and human rights actions against the recruitment and use of children and youth in armed conflict, in Africa and in global perspective. This will include research on local and international responses to child recruitment and militarization selected case study conflicts, selected depending on the candidate’s expertise, but with a particular interest in the Horn of Africa. The research will also cover disarmament, demobilisation, rehabilitation and reintegration programming and the development of international law relating to child soldiering.

The post will include:

  • Working as part of a research team to develop the project aims and activities
  • Undertaking interdisciplinary literature reviews, in English and French
  • Conducting archival research and oral interviews
  • Writing academic and impact outputs, including both co- and single-authored articles
  • Development of impact and public engagement activities, including project website and social media 

This position is developmental for early career scholars, with mentoring and training to support the development of digital, impact and communications skills.

Applications are particularly encouraged from scholars from the African continent and global South, and those of African or Global Majority descent.

You will:

  • possess a relevant PhD (or be near completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in African or humanitarian history or a related field of study
  • be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes
  • be able to undertake research and collaboration in English. Knowledge of French and relevant African languages is also strongly desirable
  • have experience of conducting and analysing oral history interviews, including undertaking the appropriate ethics approvals
  • have experience of conducting and analysing archival research, in African and/or international archives
  • have knowledge of historical or interdisciplinary studies on children and/or youth in Africa, with knowledge of children and/or youth in armed conflict or humanitarian emergencies strongly desirable. Awareness of gendered perspectives on children and youth is also welcome
  • ideally have experience of, or interest in, developing impact and public engagement around advocacy for children and youth

Please ensure you read the Job Description for full details of this role. 

We can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • Sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave 

Further information

Please contact Professor Stacey Hynd, s.hynd@exeter.ac.uk

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