Research Associate in Black Health and the Humanities

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £38,017 per annum
Thursday, 13 August 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 24 August 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job number ACAD104674
Division/School School of Humanities
Contract type Fixed Term Contract
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,797 - £38,017 per annum
Closing date for applications 25-Aug-2020

The Centre for Black Humanities is seeking a full-time Research Associate to work on a two-year Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Black Health and the Humanities' led by Dr Josie Gill. A PhD in a field relevant to the research project, either completed or pending post-viva corrections, is essential.

The key aims of the project are:

  • To establish an interdisciplinary network of researchers with the aim of investigating and bringing to light perspectives from the Black humanities on Black health and wellbeing. The network will bring together scholars whose research concerns how Black writers, theorists and artists have addressed the psychological and physiological health of black people across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a particular focus on the Black British experience.
  • To explore how research in Black humanities might intervene in the current racialized landscape of medicine and health.
  • To train and support a new generation of ECR scholars in the theories and methods of Black humanities and the medical humanities, exploring how they might intersect.

The successful candidate will research and identify relevant materials on Black health generated by Black scholars across disciplines including (but not limited to) English, History, History of Art, Philosophy, Theatre and Film. They will work closely with the PI to design workshops and recruit participants, taking the lead in organisation and facilitation. The role holder will lead on the development and maintenance of the project’s website and on social media output, and will work towards the creation of a publicly available online library of resources on Black health and the humanities. In addition, the Research Associate will support the PI’s own, related, research project, and will also be expected to develop their own research and publication record.

Start date: 1st October 2020

Grade: Research Associate, Pathway 2, Grade I

Salary: £33,797 to £38,017


Contact for informal enquiries:

Dr Josie Gill, Lecturer, Department of English

Ms Jane Kinney, (administrative lead)

Timescale of appointment:

Short-listed candidates will be notified on or around 26th August and invited to interview. They will be asked:

  1. to submit a sample of their recent academic writing, in English, of no more than 10,000 words, to as soon as possible after notification but no later than 28th August
  2. to deliver a 10-minute presentation on their research and on how it is relevant to the role.

Anticipated interview date: 2nd September

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.