Post-Doctoral Research Assistants in History
With a doctorate and appropriate historical expertise in EITHER the study of East Asia OR the Islamic World, the appointees will contribute to this major reappraisal of the role of migration in global technological change. They will have a willingness to work across disciplines with a focus on material cultures and history of science and the capacity to identify and develop new source bases from working with archives and museums in their respective regions.
ONE of the PDRAs (PDRA 1: ‘Islamic World’) should have specialist historical and linguistic skills appropriate for the study of the Islamic World in the period 1500-1800, with reading ability in at least one of the following: Arabic OR Ottoman Turkish OR Persian OR South Asian languages.
ONE of the PDRAs (PDRA 2: ‘Sinosphere’) should have specialist historical and linguistic skills appropriate for the study of East Asia in the period 1500-1800, with at least one of the following: proficiency in reading classical and modern Chinese OR Japanese OR Korean OR South-East Asian languages.
Candidates should identify clearly on their application which of these two positions they are applying for.
The Humanities Department brings together 80 academic staff and 800 students in English Literature, Creative Writing, English Language, American Studies, History and Music. As Post-Doctoral Research Assistants in the Department, the appointees will join a thriving research environment. Beyond Dr Gottmann’s research team, the Department currently hosts a dozen other early-career researchers funded through charities, research councils or Northumbria’s own ‘Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellows’ scheme. Research mentoring and peer support is available for all, and the interdisciplinary research culture of the Department is nurtured through our vibrant Institute for the Humanities, in which the team working with Dr Gottmann will play a full part.
A full pack of information about the project, along with further particulars and person specification is available. To receive these, and for an informal discussion about the posts, please contact Professor Charlotte Alston, Director of Research in History: email@example.com.
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Working under the supervision of Dr Gottmann and as part of a team together with two postdoctoral scholars investigating East Asia and the Islamic World, the PhD student will contribute to a major research agenda drawing together global, technological, and social history. The project team will work together to advance fresh understandings of what makes for successful immigration, technological innovation and knowledge transfer in the early modern world. The student will be expected to develop their own case-study on the English-speaking world and thereby contribute to the European strand of the project led by Dr Gottmann. They will have a willingness to work across disciplines with a focus on material cultures and history of science and the capacity to identify and develop new source bases from working with archives and museums in Great Britain or Europe more broadly. Proposals for case studies based on other European regions and languages are equally welcome, but the project and thesis language are English.
Further details about the wider project are available upon request. Please contact Professor Charlotte Alston, Director of Research in History: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF21/ADSS/HUMANITIES/GOTTMANN) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: Monday 25th January 2021
Start Date: 1 October 2021
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The studentship provides a full tax-free stipend, paid for three years at UKRI rates (for 2020/21, this is £15,285 pa) and full fees.