Employment: Research Associate in the Early Modern Period, University of Cambridge

Closing date 16th July 2014

Research Associate in the Early Modern Period,
(History of Science),
University of Cambridge.


CRASSH is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Research Associate to join the ERC Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science (based at CRASSH) and led by Dr Alexander Marr (History of Art, Cambridge) The successful applicant will join two researchers who are working on France in the Grand Sicle and Spain (1550 – 1700).  The RA will research across the project’s four strands, while simultaneously working towards their own monograph on aspects of early modern ingenuity.  Fifty percent of the RA’s time will be spent on research tasks directed by the PI, the remaining fifty percent will be spent on the individual monograph project.  The RAs will be expected to participate in weekly work-in-progress meetings and in all project events.  They will assist the PI and Senior Research Investigator (Dr Richard Serjeantson) in the organisation of project activities such as conferences, colloquia, hosting visitors, and the exhibition.  They will be expected to share in the responsibility of editing project outputs, to contribute relevant content for the project’s website and databases, and to have completed a draft of their monograph by the project’s end date.

Applicants must possess:

  • A good first degree AND A PhD in history of science, which must have been awarded by the start of the post.
  • Research experience with early modern texts and/or archives, and/or visual and material culture is required.
  • Research specialism in history of THE BOOK and advanced skills in palaeography.
  • Familiarity with current digital humanities research and technology is desirable.
  • Expertise is the period ca. 1450-ca. 1600 is desirable.
  • Fluency in English and excellent reading proficiency in at least one modern language relevant to the project’s research (German, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish).
  • Reading proficiency in Latin is essential.
  • Evidence of ability to organise and participate in collaborative research initiatives/projects.
  • Evidence of ability TO PRESENT research findings to a scholarly audience.

The RA is expected to conduct the majority of their research in Cambridge, but must be willing to travel to European and US libraries and archives where relevant to the project’s research/dissemination of research results.

Download Further Information here.

Fixed-term: The funds for THIS POST are available until 30 June 2019 in the first instance.

Applications should be made via the online system by 12pm MIDDAY (BST) 16 July 2014, and should include: Curriculum vitae, Proficiency in languages must be indicated; Monograph Proposal on an aspect of early modern ingenuity; Sample of writing, CHRIS 6, two references.

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