The Department of History at the University of Liverpool invites applications for two full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate posts for 3 years to work with Professor Mark Towsey as part of the newly-funded AHRC project Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic.
The project investigates the contribution made by books to social, cultural and political change in the eighteenth century. The primary aim is to collect and make available in a single open access database the largest collection of contextualised bibliometric data on eighteenth-century library holdings, membership and usage in the British Isles and North America ever assembled. The project will use this new data to conduct research on the acquisition, organisation, circulation and dissemination of books. You will join a team of eight researchers from the UK, the USA and Australia, working in close collaboration with ten partner institutions including the Bristol Central Library, the Linen Hall Library in Belfast, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the New York Society Library and the State Library of New South Wales.
You will have responsibility for the primary research content of the database, including data entry, bibliographical research on library holdings and prosopographical research on library members. You will collaborate with Partners on workshops and exhibitions, co-edit (with the PI) a volume of essays, and produce an article and a book chapter on topics arising from the database. As well as enhancing your own expertise in this field, you will have significant career development opportunities through advanced technical training onsite at Western Sydney University and involvement in impact partnerships, publication and editing.
You will benefit from membership of Liverpool’s Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre, which offers a rich interdisciplinary research environment including a flourishing MA programme, a vibrant PGR community, regular research events and further opportunities for valuable professional experience.
You should have a PhD with a specialisation in a field relevant to eighteenth-century studies, such as History, Literature, or Information and Library Science. Prior experience of conducting archival research is essential, as is the ability to work in a team. A demonstrable interest in Digital Humanities is highly desirable, as is a commitment to the widespread dissemination of academic research.
The position is based in Liverpool, but will also require travel to Australia in Year 1 and occasional travel thereafter to various locations in the UK, Europe and the United States of America for research and dissemination/impact activities. Research expenses for these trips are included in the post.
The position will start on 1 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Owing to the constraints of AHRC funding, this project requires full-time working from the successful candidates.
Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, Department of History
Location: University Campus
Salary: £34,188 – £39,610 pa
Hours of Work: Full-Time
Tenure: The post are available until 30 September 2022
Shortlisting and interview arrangements are the responsibility of the recruiting Department. Please contact Professor Mark Towsey by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries.
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