Job Vacancy: Research Associate, Lancaster University

English & Creative Writing
Salary:   £28,331 to £32,817
Closing Date:   Monday 15 March 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3294

The Department of English Literature and Creative Writing is seeking to appoint a Research Associate on a full-time basis to work on the AHRC-funded Davy Notebooks Project.

You will assist the Project’s Principal Investigator (PI), Professor Sharon Ruston, and the Senior Research Associate, Dr Andrew Lacey, to work on the transcription and annotation of Humphry Davy’s notebooks using the crowdsourcing platform Zooniverse ( The final transcriptions will be published on the Lancaster Digital Library. You will also participate in the generation of new knowledge from these materials, via journal articles, public outreach activities, and conference presentations. 

You will have a PhD in Literature or History concentrating on the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries. Direct experience with eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century manuscripts is desirable, as are publications on or in a field related to eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century literature and/or science. Previous editorial experience, particularly previous work on a scholarly edition, would be an advantage as would previous experience on a Digital Humanities project especially one that has applied TEI (Text Encoding Initative) Guidelines. While experience with TEI would be an advantage, full training will be given in the role. There is a specific focus on contexts of slavery and colonialism in one part of the project, as well as more general links to the fields of literature and science and the history of science in the whole project. You will use social media to promote the project and find new audiences for the transcriptions. 

This is an excellent opportunity for an early career researcher to receive training and gain experience in scholarly editing, digital humanities methods, project management, impact and public engagement activities, research networking opportunities, and research mentoring which may lead to joint and sole-authored publication. 

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Sharon Ruston: 

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is for 23 months.

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