Research Assistant – De Montfort University

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The School of Humanities and Performing Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK,  wishes to appoint a temporary 0.4 FTE AHRC Research Assistant for 48 months to start on 1 January 2022.

As Research Assistant (AHRC) you will be expected to assist the research and editorial work of Prof Tim Fulford (De Montfort) and Dr Dahlia Porter (University of Glasgow) on their scholarly edition of the Collected Letters of the late 18th-century chemist, doctor, geologist and poet Thomas Beddoes (Cambridge, 2026).

Role

Your duties will include researching towards biographies of correspondents and scholarly annotations, making archival visits with the editors to check transcriptions against MS letters; making and checking transcriptions, corresponding with archives, updating and ensuring the accuracy of the project’s databases and protocols; scheduling, attending and taking minutes at Advisory Board meetings; drafting promotional material for mounting on project webpages.

In your new role, you will contribute to the School’s research profile through independent research activity and deliver research findings in conference papers and peer reviewed journals.

Ideal Candidate

To be successful, you will have, or be in the final stages of, a PhD in history of science or literature concentrating on the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries. Desirable attributes include experience with eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century manuscripts, experience in constructing editions, publications in a field related to Beddoes, reading and writing German and/or Latin, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, a high degree of accuracy and consistency in a research context, a willingness to undertake further training and professional development, as appropriate.

For any informal enquiries please contact Professor Tim Fulford by emailing tfulford@dmu.ac.uk.

For full details about this role, please view the job description, person specification and application route here.