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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year (reduced pro rata for part time working)
Interview Date
Interviews are likely to be held mid January 2021
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The Department of Sociology are recruiting a three-year postdoctoral researcher (part-time) for a Leverhulme Trust funded project titled Archiving the Inner City: Race and the Politics of Urban Memory. The project, led by Dr Gareth Millington, will explore the contested ways that the times and spaces of the twentieth century ‘inner city’ are made legible in the present. This ambitious project involves research in London, Paris and Philadelphia that will be carried out by a large team of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students in conjunction with the project leader. In this project, the notion of archiving is interpreted generously and includes both formal archives and archiving practices as well as examples of everyday archiving.

The Department of Sociology at University of York is one of the leading Sociology Departments in the UK. No. 1 in REF2014 overall, and for outputs and impact, the department boasts specialisms in cultural sociology, urban studies, race, migration and ethnicity, medical sociology, conversation analysis and science and technology studies. We have a rich and vibrant research culture that includes weekly seminars, unpolished papers, public lectures and research development forums. We also host four research centres: the Centre for Urban Studies, Centre for Women’s Studies, SATSU (Science and Technology Studies Unit) and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Communication.


You will be responsible for translating and transcribing qualitative interviews from French to English, analysing qualitative data, reviewing relevant literature, organising research events and make a contribution to the writing of academic journal articles and books. You will be based in the Department of Sociology at the University of York. We particularly encourage applications from Black/Black British and Mixed candidates, who are currently under-represented within the University of York at this level.

We also welcome applications from strong candidates with relevant experience from disciplines other than Sociology.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD in Sociology or other relevant discipline
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: Sociology of Race and Racism; Francophone studies; Heritage Studies; Urban Studies; Memory Studies; Critical Theory; Museum Studies; Cultural Studies
  • Translation and transcribing skills: between French and English
  • Qualitative research analysis
  • Experience of publishing in high-quality social science and humanities academic journals and/or books

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Gareth Millington on

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