University of Exeter Postdoctoral Research Associate 2017, UK

Publish Date: Jun 08, 2017

Deadline: Jul 10, 2017

Postdoctoral Research Associate

College of Humanities - Centre for Medical History, Department of History

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. 

The College wishes to recruit a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Professor Jonathan Barry and Dr Peter Elmer on the project, 'The Medical World of Early Modern England, Wales and Ireland c.1500-1715'. This full time Wellcome Trust funded post is available for twelve months from 1 September 2017 to 31stAugust 2018. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing the Microsoft Access database associated with the project (containing information on over 30,000 medical practitioners), to enable it to answer the project's research questions and to provide a publicly accessible resource at the end of the project, as well as conducting some archival research and historical analysis associated with the database.  

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and help to prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD obtained or submitted by the date of commencing the post or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to work with early modern archival and published sources, prepare, enter and analyse data in a complex database and offer support to the project investigators in developing quantitative measures to answer complex research questions using the database material, as well as developing the database for public access. A familiarity with early modern medical and social history would be highly desirable. There will be an opportunity to conduct and publish your own research on the database materials and related subjects. There is no expectation of teaching during this post. Applicants will be expected to be based largely in Exeter, although some time may be spent at the IHR in London, where technical support for the database is available.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, free yoga and pilates, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter.  If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

or further information please contact Prof. Jonathan Barry, e-mail 

Interviews are expected to take place in mid-July.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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