Senior Research Associate in Historical Co-Production

Bristol, United Kingdom
£37,345 - £42,036 per annum
28 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Division/School School of Humanities
Contract type Fixed Term Contract
Working pattern Full time
Salary £37,345 - £42,036 per annum
Closing date for applications 18-Dec-2018

Location: Bristol, UK

The Department of History is seeking to appoint a fixed term (24 months) Senior Research Associate to work on the AHRC-funded project, Single Parent Action Network: A Participatory History. This project brings together Barton Hill Settlement (BHS), the University of Bristol and the Feminist Archive South to research the history of Single Parent Action Network (SPAN), a voluntary organisation based in inner-city Bristol from 1990 until 2016. This project aims to preserve SPAN's archive, currently at risk, and write the history of this organisation through a participatory research process.

As Senior Research Associate you will co-facilitate a History Group, which will meet weekly at the Settlement's premises in inner-city Bristol for a period of 12 months. This group will include both academic researchers and community members, activists and service users from both BHS and SPAN. You will support the non-academic participants in this group in historical research and the acquisition and processing of data, as well as the design and delivery of public-facing outputs. You will also undertake desk-based research, act as lead author on one academic article, and co-author on several other publications.

We are looking for someone with experience of participatory and co-produced research, and of working with partners beyond the university. You will have a proven track record of working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and you will have a solid understanding of the issues experienced by single parents with regard to ethnicity, gender, class, poverty and discrimination. You should also have experience of communicating research findings to non-academic audiences. Experience of historical research is desirable, but not essential. We welcome applicants from disciplines across the arts and social sciences.

We welcome applications from candidates who would like to explore the possibility of flexible working. Informal enquiries on any aspect of the job in advance of application are very welcome. Please contact Professor Josie McLellan (

Start date: 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible afterwards.

Contact for informal enquiries:

Professor Josie McLellan
R Jacks Tel. +44 (0)117 331 7982

Timescale of appointment:

If you are shortlisted you will be notified by Friday 21 December and invited to interview.You will be asked to supply a sample of your research which should be sent to as soon as possible after notification. More information will be given at the short-listing stage.

Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 15 January 2019

Closing date for applications is midnight Tuesday 18 December 2018

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