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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL17650

Department: School of Politics & International Relations
Salary: £31,054- £33,615 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL17650
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 25-Mar-2019
Closing date: 26-Apr-2019

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Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant funded by the Economic and Research Council coordinated by Dr Holly Ryan (QMUL; Principal Investigator). The position is based at the Mile End campus of QMUL.

Queen Mary University of London, is a leading university in the UK, with a breadth of excellence across Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Medicine. The post-holder will be based within the School of Politics and International Relations which is internationally recognised for its commitment to high quality research. We strive to combine efficient organisation with a congenial, collegiate atmosphere that encourages collective endeavour as well as individual excellence.

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An opportunity has arisen for a part-time (0.4 FTE, 2 days a week) Post-Doctoral Research Assistant to work on the Economic and Research Council funded project, ‘The Art of International Friendship: Exploring Twinning in a Global Age’ (ES/R004137/1) which aims to shed light on the value of town twinning and sister city relationships in the 21st century. This project is led by Dr. Holly Eva Ryan at Queen Mary University of London.

The successful candidate will undertake a range of tasks which may include literature searches and reviews, transcription and translation. They will have a fluency in English and Spanish and ideally a working proficiency in at least one other language. The Post-Doctoral Research Assistant will work closely with the project lead in the co-creation and co-production of reports, workshops and/or exhibitions with other stakeholders. There may be opportunities for international travel, and there will be opportunities for the candidate to refine their qualitative research skills.

An interest in twinning, sister cities, municipal internationalism, translocalism and paradiplomacy is a must for this position. A secondary interest in the arts, sustainable development, solidarity movements and/or global education initiatives would also be desirable. 

This is a fixed term appointment until 31 March 2021 

Salary will be in the range of £31,054 – 33,615 per annum pro rata (Grade 4) inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days pro rata annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and an interest-free season ticket loan.

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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.

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The closing date for applications is 26 April 2019. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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