The Department of History seeks to appoint two Research Associates to work on the project entitled ‘The Chemical Empire: A New History of Synthetic Insecticides in Britain and its Colonies c 1920 – 1970’, following the award of Wellcome Trust funding to Dr Sabine Clarke. Each post is full-time and available from 1 October 2019 for two years, until 30 September 2021.
Please contact Sabine Clarke email@example.com for further details on the project.
Research Associate (DDT in the Second World War) will investigate the history of the use of DDT by Britain during the Second World War. You will be expected to carry out extensive archival research, mainly in the UK. A PhD in an area of history or cognate discipline relevant to the research is essential, as is considerable experience of archival research.
Research Associate (Insecticides in farming) will explore the use of insecticides in British farming. A PhD in an area of history or cognate discipline relevant to the research is essential, as is extensive experience of oral history research and a strong awareness of the ethical considerations related to the collection of data via this method.
Working under the supervision of Dr Sabine Clarke, both post holders will conduct individual and collaborative research projects, to include analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, presentations and public engagement / outreach activities. You will also undertake related organisational and administrative activities such as conference organisation, and the development of promotional or educational material.
Prior experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research, is essential, as is knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies relevant to the post(s) for which you are applying. Candidates should also have highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing.
Applicants will be asked to indicate the post(s) for which they are applying. You are welcome to apply for both positions.
The posts will be based on the University of York’s Campus West, but the data collection will be carried out across the UK (and possibly abroad on occasion), so applicants should be willing to travel frequently during the period of data collection.
The starting salary for both posts will be £32,236 a year on grade 6 of the University’s salary scales.
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