Postdoctoral Researcher: History of Slavery in the City of London

Oxford, Oxfordshire (GB)
£34,804 per annum
30 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Researcher: History of Slavery in the City of London 


Nuffield College seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher to research the role of the City of London and its commercial institutions in the eco-system of the transatlantic slave trade and ownership. Co-funded by the global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and under the supervision of Professor Andrew Thompson (Professor of Imperial and Global History, Nuffield College), the researcher will contribute to the growing body of scholarly literature on British imperialism and its intersection with transatlantic slavery, exploring the past and bringing it into close dialogue with the present.

We seek a researcher whose interests and experience align with the broad domains of: British economics and the role of commercial entities in the City of London in the context of Transatlantic slavery; international slave ownership in Britain from early 1700s to mid-1800s, and contemporary British politics with reference to electoral reform, the abolition of slavery, abolitionism and pro-slavery groups, and the slavery compensation scheme. 

The researcher will conduct independent original research in areas relevant to the overarching research programme, leading the design, conduct, and interpretation of research, and identifying further areas of relevant research. The researcher will publish research results, authoring or co-authoring working papers and academic journal articles, and pieces aimed at non-academic audiences. The researcher will present research results at seminars, workshops, and conferences, including relevant Freshfields events, and Black History Month and City of London events. The researcher will develop working relationships with individuals; financial, legal and commercial institutions; and archival centres. The researcher may also undertake ad hoc paid teaching or supervision within the collegiate University in Oxford.

Applicants should hold, or be close to completing, a PhD/DPhil in a relevant discipline such as history, political science, or economics including economic and social history. They should have extensive archival research skills, familiarity with private-sector organisations’ archives, and experience of independent fieldwork. The ability to conduct high-quality academic research evidenced in scholarly writing and publications in peer-reviewed journals commensurate with the applicant’s career stage is essential. Applicants should have the ability to distil complex research results for non-academic readers, an aptitude for cross-disciplinary working, and the ability to work collaboratively with non-academic partners, particularly in financial and legal contexts.  Applicants should possess excellent oral and written communication skills, organisational skills, and exemplary interpersonal skills with the ability to work within a small research team and under their own initiative. Experience of legal history, of authoring successful funding bids, or of collaborative working with private sector companies or commercial institutions is desirable. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates of Black African or Black African-Caribbean heritage (including mixed heritage) who are currently underrepresented in research posts in the College.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for three years, starting on 1 May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications from candidates who wish to hold the post on a part-time basis will also be considered. The salary will be £34,804 p.a. (pro-rated as appropriate). The post will be based at Nuffield College. 

Further particulars and application instructions are available on the College website at 

The closing date for applications is Monday 11 January 2021. 

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