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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL16478

Department: School of English & Drama
Salary: £33,615 to £35,459 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL16478
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 30-Oct-2018
Closing date: 27-Nov-2018

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The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on an AHRC-funded research project, ‘Networking Archives: Assembling and analysing a meta-archive of correspondence, 1509-1714’, led by Professor Howard Hotson (PI, University of Oxford), Dr Ruth Ahnert (Co-I, Queen Mary University of London), and Dr Sebastian Ahnert (Co-I, University of Cambridge). The Postdoctoral Research Assistant will work under the guidance of Dr Ruth Ahnert.

This project, which was launched in October 2018, will bring together early modern correspondence data collected in 'Early Modern Letters Online' (EMLO), and merge this with metadata from the Tudor and Stuart 'State Papers Online' (Gale) to create the UK's largest meta-archive of curated early modern correspondence of c.430,000 letters. Following the process of data gathering and cleaning, we will combine quantitative network analysis with traditional research approaches to discover what the meta-archive reveals about the ways in which 'intelligence' was gathered and transmitted in the early modern period, both in terms of political missives communicated for the consolidation of state authority and as learned exchanges within the international 'republic of letters'. In addition, the project team will develop a curriculum to support the teaching of network analysis methods to early career researchers, which will be trialled first through a set of training schools and a colloquium in Oxford and Cambridge. The Postdoctoral Research Assistant will be actively involved in all facets of the project, and will be provided with the necessary training to contribute towards these tasks. They will be co-editor of the volume of essays arising from the colloquium, and, in discussion with the PI and Co-Is, develop their own research agenda and publications.

Full details of the project can be requested from Dr Ruth Ahnert:

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: early modern studies; English literature; political history; intellectual history; book history; digital humanities; comparative literature.

The post will start on 1 January 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is fixed term for a period of 30 months from the start date. The post is full time (35 hours per week) with a starting salary in the range of £33,615 to £35,459 per annum, depending on experience. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and an 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 Dr Ahnert ( for an informal discussion of the job and its requirements.

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The closing date for applications is 27 November 2018.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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