Employment: Research Assistant, Social Relations and Everyday in England, 1500-1640, Durham University

Closing date 1st January 2015

Research Assistant,
Social Relations and Everyday in England, 1500-1640,
Durham University.

The Department of History seeks to appoint a two-year post-doctoral Research Assistant (Grade 7) to work on the Leverhulme Trust-funded research project ‘Social relations and everyday life in England, 1500–1640’.

Led by Professor Andy Wood (the Principal Investigator), the project engages with questions concerning the nature of social cohesion, hegemony, authority, the class/gender relationship and forms of deference, patronage and resistance in England in the 140 years prior to the English Revolution. The Research Assistant will be expected to locate, study and transcribe large bodies of archival material in repositories across England. S/he will also be expected to write at least one article for publication in a leading historical journal on a theme related to the project and to contribute to the intellectual life of the project and Department (for example, through participation in seminars and reading groups).

The range of source material on which the project is based is eclectic, and much will depend upon the initiative and findings of the Research Assistant; but the material is certain to include a large quantity of legal records derived from a range of contemporary jurisdictions (criminal; borough; equity; ecclesiastical). Some familiarity with early modern legal records is therefore desirable.

We seek to appoint from 1 March 2015, for a period of two years. The start date could be negotiable in the event of a current employer requiring a three-month period of notification of end of contract.

Apply online here.

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