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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL14510

Department: School of History
Salary: £32,956 to £34,764 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL14510
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 27-Mar-2018
Closing date: 24-Apr-2018

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The School of History at Queen Mary University of London wishes to recruit a three-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on a Wellcome Trust funded research project,  ‘Pathologies of Solitude, 18th – 21st century’, led by Professor Barbara Taylor (PI).

This project, which begins in September 2018, is a four-year investigation into changing perceptions of solitude in Britain from the 18th century to the present, with particular emphasis on the perceived health risks of solitude and loneliness. The project is collaborative, involving a research network and visiting scholars who will explore solitude from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The project will also engage with campaigns devoted to alleviating loneliness, while an ambitious outreach programme will take its findings to the general public.

Two further Postdoctoral Research Assistant posts will be advertised in the course of the project (for posts beginning in January 2019 and September 2019).Full details of the project can be requested from Professor Taylor:

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant area which will have been awarded before the start of the role. Relevant subject areas include but are not limited to: history of the emotions; medical humanities; English literature; history of religion; cultural history; philosophy; intellectual history; gender studies; scientific studies of the emotions; psychology; psychiatry; psychoanalysis; social anthropology; sociology; urban studies; gerontology; comparative literature.

Solitude has long been associated with psychological ailments, from ‘melancholy’ and ‘mind-wandering’ in the past, to anxiety and depression today. Preference will be given to a candidate who is qualified to research the relationship between solitude and psychological suffering, from any disciplinary perspective.

The post will start on 1 September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is fixed term for a period of 3 years from the start date. The post is full time (35 hours per week) with a starting salary in the range of £32,956 to £34,764 per annum, depending on experience. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Taylor ( for an informal discussion of the job and its requirements.

To apply, please click on the link below.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 24 April 2018.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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