Research Fellow, Research Office

Coventry, United Kingdom
£32,823 - £41,536 per annum
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 2 November 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 02/11/2019
Faculty / School or Service Research Office
Salary £32,823 - £41,536 per annum
Package As one of Coventry's biggest employers, we offer some pretty impressive benefits including an excellent pension scheme and generous holiday allowances. 
Job category/type Research

Job description

FIXED TERM till 31 October 2021

Coventry University is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow within the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities to support the Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project funded by the Research England Development Fund.

The Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC), builds on the strong and distinctive track-record of scholars at Coventry University encompassing a range of disciplines in the arts and humanities. Led by Professor Gary Hall, the CPC explores how innovations in postdigital cultures can enable 21st century society to respond to the challenges it faces in relation to the digital at a global, national and local level.

About the Programme

COPIM is a strategic international partnership led by the Centre for Postdigital Cultures consisting of world-class universities, presses, libraries and infrastructure providers. The project addresses the key technological, structural, and organisational hurdles-around funding, production, dissemination, discovery, reuse, and archiving-that are standing in the way of the wider adoption and impact of open access (OA) books. COPIM will realign OA book publishing away from competing commercial service providers to a more horizontal and cooperative knowledge-sharing approach.

A Research Fellow is required to support the project's PIs in the following activities:

  • Research on the governance of collectively managed infrastructures; and
  • Research on experimental book publishing and reuse and engagement around OA books. 

We are looking for an Open Access specialist with expert knowledge of academic book publishing processes and current developments in digital publishing. The Research Fellow will set up and conduct two research projects.

The first project will focus on the governance of large open source collectively managed infrastructures. The Research Fellow will assist in the assembly of a working group and the subsequent creation of a model for the long-term management of consortial library funding programs, including official policies and procedures for self-governance and administrative management of the infrastructure. They will also conduct research on best practices for governing collaborative community-based book publishing projects of various scales.

The second project around experimental book publishing and strategies for reuse and engagement around OA books, will include the Research Fellow assisting in the set-up of an experimental publishing pilot. The Fellow will also create an online resource detailing opportunities for experimental book publishing, and will develop a reuse and engagement strategy for OA book publishers and scholars.

Both projects will be developed by the Research Fellow with support from the project's PIs.

As one of Coventry's biggest employers the University will provide an excellent benefits package and a personal and professional development programme that will help you to achieve your aspirations.

The closing date for application is: Saturday 2 November 2019

For more information on the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, see
Informal enquiries about this post should be addressed to Dr Janneke Adema ( )

Interview date: Wednesday 20th November 2019

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