Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

open until filled
Social Sciences, Humanities, History
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
£26,715-£30,942 pro rata GBP

Applications are invited for a part-time Research Assistant, 18.5 hours per week (50% FTE) for a fixed-term of 60 months, working on a Wellcome Trust-funded project on the recent histories of food, agriculture, and crop science. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) at the University of Cambridge and will assist with the research project "From Collection to Cultivation: Historical Perspectives on Crop Diversity and Food Security" led by Dr Helen Anne Curry.

The ideal candidate will have, at a minimum, an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a related field and familiarity with the history of science (or an allied subject such as modern history, science and technology studies, geography, or other). The candidate must have excellent organisational, writing, and communication skills; the ability to summarise and synthesise academic research; and facility with IT including database and communications technologies. Previous experience in archival research and in organising academic conferences and public events is also desirable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 60 months in the first instance.

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Applications should include: 1) A cover letter, which includes details of relevant experience 2) A curriculum vitae 3) A sample of recent written work (e.g. an essay, dissertation, report or similar document)

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please provide the names and contact details of two referees. We will contact the referees of shortlisted candidates directly to request references (unless you advise that you do not wish us to do so). Referees will be asked to comment specifically on the candidate's ability to undertake this role in the Department.

Interviews will take place in June 2020

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Louisa Russell, HR Coordinator, email:

Please quote reference JN22613 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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