Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at University of London

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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
University of London - School of Advanced Study
Location: City Of London
Salary: £32,568 to £39,528 pa incl LW
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 30th July 2014
Closes: 17th August 2014
Job Ref: 078/14
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The Role
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Institute of English Studies for an individual to
participate in “English Literary Heritage: Curation, Innovation and Interpretation”, a one-year
project funded by the Strategic Development Fund of the School of Advanced Study. The
ambition of the Project is to investigate how readers engage with English Literature, not only
through the ‘text’, but via the physical objects (manuscripts, page proofs, first and rare editions,
personal papers and possessions, etc.) through which the ‘texts’ survive and are preserved.
Complex and rich in meaning, these objects require interpretation in their own right. The main
objective of the project is therefore to investigate how the digital medium can assist
non-specialists as well as advanced readers with unlocking the stories and contexts that lie
behind them. By exploring creatively and innovatively how the boundaries between literary
interpretation and curation can be crossed, the Project seeks to frame new theoretical,
conceptual and methodological approaches that will inform and enrich current practices in
literary scholarship, digital humanities and museum studies.
You will be expected to contribute to the development of proof-of-concept models using the
digital to interpret literary heritage objects; to develop user testing models; to participate in data
collection about user experiences; to foster links between the museum, archive and academic
sectors; to organize workshops; and to develop research training modules for research
To succeed in this role, you will have experience of academic research in an area relevant to
the English Literary Heritage project covering the period after 1700; a firm understanding of
current practice in English studies, manuscript studies, archive and museum studies and digital
humanities; expertise of working with digital tools; experience of public engagement and
outreach; as well as excellent communications skills, organization skills and the ability to think
About The Department
The Institute of English Studies is an internationally renowned research centre, whose mission
is to support and enhance research in all areas of English Studies. Specialising in the history
of the book, palaeography and textual scholarship, the Institute’s activities include providing
post-graduate courses and research training programmes for PhD students and early-career
researchers; hosting major collaborative research projects and networks; and running one of
the largest conference and seminar programmes for English Studies in the UK.
The Institute is part of the School of Advanced Study:
Further Information
The post is full-time and fixed-term for 12 months.
The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 1 October 2014. The
closing date for receipt of completed applications is midnight on Sunday, 17 August 2014.
Interviews are expected to take place in the week starting Monday, 25 August 2014.
For informal inquiries about this post, please contact the Institute’s Acting Director, Dr Wim Van
Mierlo (
The University is an Equal Opportunities employer.
About the University of London
The University of London is one of the oldest and largest universities in the UK – and the most
diverse. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world
leader in Higher Education. We are a federal institution consisting of 18 self-governing
Colleges of outstanding reputation and a number of acclaimed central academic bodies. The
University of London offers almost every subject covered in any University curriculum,
delivering huge flexibility and choice to its students.
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at University of London
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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at University of London
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