Research Associate

Department: Sociology

Based at: London:

Hours of work: Full-time

Contract status: Fixed term

Salary: 32,817 a year plus appropriate London Weighting Allowance

Interview Date: 30/09/2020

Posted Date: 03/08/2020

Apply by: 01/09/2020

Job Reference: 8713

Role DescriptionDepartment
The Department of Sociology are recruiting a three-year postdoctoral researcher (full-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.
Role
You will be responsible for carrying out the London-based fieldwork (predominantly inner South West London). Your duties will include: researching and writing literature reviews; making research contacts; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; analysis and interpretation of qualitative research data; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications including academic journal articles and books, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research. You will also be responsible for undertaking appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project. Finally, you will develop and initiate collaborative working internally and externally.Preferably you will work from your home in the London area. However, you will also remain an active and valued member of 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.
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; Heritage Studies; Urban Studies; Memory Studies; Critical Theory; Museum Studies; Cultural Studies
Experience of qualitative research methods and qualitative data analysis
Experience of publishing in high-quality social science and humanities academic journals and/or books
Specialist knowledge of a range of relevant qualitative research techniques and methodologies
Research expertise that complements and enhances the department’s research strategy and goals
Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
Ability to write up research for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals with the assistance of a supervisor
Competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects
Competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events
Interview date: to be confirmed
For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Gareth Millington on gareth.millington@york.ac.uk
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