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Research Associate

Employer
KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
Location
Shrivenham Campus
Salary
£43,205 to £50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
2 May 2024

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Job description

The School of Security Studies wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a pilot of the Second World War ‘Forces Record Project’ (FRP). The post is available full time from June/July 2024 on a fixed-term basis for 8 months.

The FRP is funded by a grant from the National Army Museum (NAM), with the postholder working alongside the Principal Investigator, Prof. Jonathan Fennell, Co-Investigator, Prof. Niall Barr, King’s Digital Lab, the team at NAM and stakeholders at the National Archives, the Ministry of Defence and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

By making use of a sample of personnel records from the Second World War, the eight-month pilot aims to conduct a proof of concept for a wider study exploring the social processes of fighting a ‘people’s war’.

The wars of the Twentieth Century generated unprecedented quantities of data. Military attestation and demobilisation forms contained information on subjects as varied as address, height, pre-enlistment occupations, ethnicity and service histories. Yet, the manner in which the processes of mobilisation and remobilisation affected communities, the social composition of forces, and their ability to function effectively, is still incompletely understood. The armed and auxiliary forces were not static social groupings; they were organisations characterised by constant change and the making and breaking of social networks.

The postholder will share responsibility with the PI and CI for the conduct of a pilot into how personnel records might be best explored with future research in mind. There will be opportunities for the postholder to develop their academic skills and profile, through engagement with the project stakeholders and the public, presentations at national and international conferences, and co-authored academic outputs.

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in History, International Relations, Political Science, Economics or a related discipline.

Defence Studies is part of the School of Security Studies and the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy. Together, we support an inclusive culture and diversity for our staff and students. We are committed to encouraging further growth from a diversity of groups, and we look forward to welcoming applicants of all abilities.

About the School of Security Studies: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/security-studies

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 8 months.

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.

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King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org.

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsanswers.

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