Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Stirling

United Kingdom

July 7, 2021

Description

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Apply Post Details

Full time Fixed term for 36 months

The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 07 July 2021 Interviews are expected to take place remotely via Microsoft Teams on week commencing 19 July

For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119

The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity

The Post

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Stirling. This is in conjunction with an equivalent position at National Museums Scotland. The fellowship is offered as part of the project Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘Materialising the Cold War'. This project will commence in October 2021 and will be led by Dr Sam Alberti (National Museums Scotland) and Professor Holger Nehring (University of Stirling).

The project

The project will study museum collections, analyse displays, and engage with audiences to understand how the Cold War is represented and understood in museums. Although there are established heritage practices associated with the World Wars, this four-decade ‘imaginary war' is unevenly presented. ‘Materialising the Cold War' aims to engage with historians of the period, with heritage professionals and with museum visitors to understand the material culture of the conflict, especially as it manifested in Europe. To that end, the project is a partnership with Allied Museum Berlin, Imperial War Museums, the Norwegian Aviation Museum and RAF Museums.

Alongside another post-doctoral researcher at National Museums Scotland, you will be based in the Division of History, Heritage and Politics at the University of Stirling and be attached to its Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy.

This project offers an exciting opportunity to develop your career at the intersection of academic and practice-based research. You will undertake literature reviews, material culture studies, and analyse exhibitions within and beyond National Museums Scotland. You will apply ethnographic techniques and participant observation to analyse how museum professionals and users ascribe meanings to the objects they encounter in the museum. This could include quantitative analyses of audience segmentation followed by visitor observation, qualitative semi-structured interviews on-site, professional workshops and reminiscence groups around particular objects among both curators and visitors. You will also carry out formative evaluations with teachers and school students to understand learning needs around the Cold War with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

You will also contribute to academic, professional and public outputs, including digital and prints publications, workshops, an international conference and a major exhibition. As a full member of the project team, you will participate in team activities including meetings and workshops, which will include external partners and members of relevant stakeholders. You will be provided with relevant heritage training at National Museums Scotland and academic development at the University of Stirling.

Qualified at doctoral level in a relevant discipline, you will have ethnographic research skills and demonstrable interests in material culture and have experience of interview techniques, analysis as well as ethnographic work. A demonstrable interest in and some background knowledge in the history of the Cold War is desirable.

You must have proven research ability, be able to work effectively to meet deadlines, both independently and as part of a team, and possess excellent communication and ICT skills. You will be expected to travel to undertake research at other institutions, as well as to attend project meetings, workshops and conferences.

Description of Duties

The main function of the research fellow include carrying out collection and exhibition analysis at NMS and our partner institutions, providing operational project support and contribute significantly to the project outputs.

The successful candidates will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Exhibition analysis at NMS, our partner institutions (specifically Imperial War Museum and RAF Museum) and selected sites elsewhere in the UK and Europe
  • Conducting, recording, transcribing interviews with relevant stakeholders
  • Carrying out a formative evaluation exercise with teachers and school students to understand learning needs around the Cold War in the context of the Scottish Curriculum for excellence
  • Together with the NMS-based post-doc, carrying out a literature review of Cold War heritage research and conduct a desk-based analysis of Cold War museums and displays in the UK and the rest of Europe
  • In conjunction with the rest of the project team, analysing the data gathered and producing excellent research outputs related to it, including co-authored journal articles and book chapters
  • Carrying out knowledge exchange and public engagement work related to the project, including contributing to the social media profile of the project and its team.
  • Working with the project team to help organise workshops and conferences related to the project.
  • Liaising with the project's academic advisory board.
  • Reporting regularly to the PI and Co-I on progress and editorial matters
  • Attending regular project and editorial meetings as required
  • Travelling to relevant sites in the UK and elsewhere in Europe to conduct fieldwork and attend workshops and conference
  • Supporting the work on the Cold War exhibition at NMS, together with the NMS-based post-doc
  • Co-ordinating the project datasets
  • Carrying out more general project management together with the NMS-based post-doctoral researcher, including reporting, monitoring, organising and timetabling of events and activities.
  • The project is designed specifically to communicate the results of academic research to the broader general public. An enthusiasm and capacity for public engagement is essential. The project funding comes with a commitment on the part of all members of the team to an extensive and demanding programme of interdisciplinary research and writing, of specialised workshops, and of public engagement activities. A willingness and enthusiasm to work within a team ethos to ensure success on all four fronts is essential.

    Additional Information

    In addition to the covering letter, applicants should submit:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • An example of recent academic writing (e.g., PhD chapter, article or book chapter)
  • A short statement (1 page) outlining your qualification for the fellowship, and initial thoughts on how your interests dovetail with the project
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees
  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Holger Nehring holger.nehring@stir.ac.uk for more information.

    Essential Criteria

    Qualifications

  • The candidates must, by the time of appointment, have completed a PhD (or equivalent) on a topic related to Cold War history or heritage, or relevant topics in anthropology, sociology, museum studies and other related disciplines
  • Research

  • Demonstrate a record of high research achievement in a relevant field
  • Evidence of outstanding research potential
  • Experience of qualitative research methods, especially oral history or equivalent methodologies
  • Willingness to acquire skills in the field of digital humanities and museum studies

  • Skills in qualitative data collection and analysis

  • Understanding and awareness of research governance and ethical issues in research, and of obtaining ethical approval
  • Experience of writing for academic publication
  • Skills, attitude and behaviour

  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Evidence of excellent administrative and project management skills
  • Proven ability to interact effectively and work collaboratively with colleagues and external parties
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills including ability to prioritise workload
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Experience of working in research teams
  • Previous experience of workshop or project administration
  • A record of research publications in areas relevant to the project
  • Experience with online data entry and content management systems
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion. This might include - but is not limited to - evidence of work to advance gender equality, positive mental health, disability equality, anti-racism or tackling gender-based violence
  • Behaviours and Competencies

    The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.

  • Managing self and personal skills Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.

  • Delivering excellent service Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.

  • Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.

  • Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.

  • Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.

  • Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.

  • Developing self and others Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.

  • Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.

  • Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

  • About Us

    The University of Stirling's largest faculty has earned a reputation for delivering some of the most highly-rated Arts and Humanities courses in the country. With a focus on innovation, exploration and creativity, you'll be part of a vibrant environment defined by world-class teaching and research.

    Staff thrive in a dynamic culture where collaboration is key, international links abound and the desire to make a meaningful contribution to society is always at the forefront of our minds.

    Research within History and Politics resonates far beyond the University. It has an interdisciplinary focus that cuts across both areas and engages with the work of others, especially in the fields of global security and the history and policy of civil society. Our work makes an impact on society and government policy. It focuses on challenges that matter – from environmental sustainability to international conflict resolution, diplomacy and foreign policy. It also provides analysis and knowledge of the foundation on which our civil society rests, locally, nationally and globally.

    The University

    The University of Stirling is a leading UK teaching and research-intensive university, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with a pioneering spirit and a passion for excellence in all that it does.

    In 2016, the University launched its current Strategic Plan https: // www. stir.ac.uk/about/our-vision/our-strategy/ (2016-2021), with targets to: be one of the top 25 universities in the UK; increase income by £50 million; enhance its research profile by 100 per cent; and ensure internationalisation is at the heart of everything it does.

    With three-quarters of its research ranked world-leading and internationally- excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014), the University's groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research makes a difference to society and has a positive impact on communities worldwide. Stirling's research is making a positive impact on people's health, education and wellbeing, with key strengths across our research themes of: Cultures, Communities and Society; Global Security and Resilience; and Living Well. The University collaborates with international governments and policymakers, businesses, industry, and charitable organisations, to tackle and provide solutions to some of the toughest global societal challenges.

    For more information on working at Stirling, please visit https: // www. stir.ac.uk/about/work-at-stirling/.

    The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University's excellent Sport Centre facilities.

    A full list of FAQs can be found here, we recommend you read these before making your application.

    Please ensure that you check your email account junk folder as your email provider may flag emails sent to you as suspected spam.

    Terms and conditions of this post can be found here.

    After the closing date, this job advert will no longer be available on the University of Stirling website therefore please keep a copy for your records.

    Job number

    FAC01355

    Contract Type

    Fixed Term Contract

    Closing date

    07-Jul-2021

    Location:

    Stirling Campus

    Grade

    Grade7 £33,797-£40,322 p.a.

    Faculty/Service

    Faculty of Arts and Humanities Post Details

    Full time Fixed term for 36 months

    The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 07 July 2021 Interviews are expected to take place remotely via Microsoft Teams on week commencing 19 July

    For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119

    The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity

    The Post

    Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Stirling. This is in conjunction with an equivalent position at National Museums Scotland. The fellowship is offered as part of the project Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘Materialising the Cold War'. This project will commence in October 2021 and will be led by Dr Sam Alberti (National Museums Scotland) and Professor Holger Nehring (University of Stirling).

    The project

    The project will study museum collections, analyse displays, and engage with audiences to understand how the Cold War is represented and understood in museums. Although there are established heritage practices associated with the World Wars, this four-decade ‘imaginary war' is unevenly presented. ‘Materialising the Cold War' aims to engage with historians of the period, with heritage professionals and with museum visitors to understand the material culture of the conflict, especially as it manifested in Europe. To that end, the project is a partnership with Allied Museum Berlin, Imperial War Museums, the Norwegian Aviation Museum and RAF Museums.

    Alongside another post-doctoral researcher at National Museums Scotland, you will be based in the Division of History, Heritage and Politics at the University of Stirling and be attached to its Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy.

    This project offers an exciting opportunity to develop your career at the intersection of academic and practice-based research. You will undertake literature reviews, material culture studies, and analyse exhibitions within and beyond National Museums Scotland. You will apply ethnographic techniques and participant observation to analyse how museum professionals and users ascribe meanings to the objects they encounter in the museum. This could include quantitative analyses of audience segmentation followed by visitor observation, qualitative semi-structured interviews on-site, professional workshops and reminiscence groups around particular objects among both curators and visitors. You will also carry out formative evaluations with teachers and school students to understand learning needs around the Cold War with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

    You will also contribute to academic, professional and public outputs, including digital and prints publications, workshops, an international conference and a major exhibition. As a full member of the project team, you will participate in team activities including meetings and workshops, which will include external partners and members of relevant stakeholders. You will be provided with relevant heritage training at National Museums Scotland and academic development at the University of Stirling.

    Qualified at doctoral level in a relevant discipline, you will have ethnographic research skills and demonstrable interests in material culture and have experience of interview techniques, analysis as well as ethnographic work. A demonstrable interest in and some background knowledge in the history of the Cold War is desirable.

    You must have proven research ability, be able to work effectively to meet deadlines, both independently and as part of a team, and possess excellent communication and ICT skills. You will be expected to travel to undertake research at other institutions, as well as to attend project meetings, workshops and conferences.

    Description of Duties

    The main function of the research fellow include carrying out collection and exhibition analysis at NMS and our partner institutions, providing operational project support and contribute significantly to the project outputs.

    The successful candidates will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Exhibition analysis at NMS, our partner institutions (specifically Imperial War Museum and RAF Museum) and selected sites elsewhere in the UK and Europe
  • Conducting, recording, transcribing interviews with relevant stakeholders
  • Carrying out a formative evaluation exercise with teachers and school students to understand learning needs around the Cold War in the context of the Scottish Curriculum for excellence
  • Together with the NMS-based post-doc, carrying out a literature review of Cold War heritage research and conduct a desk-based analysis of Cold War museums and displays in the UK and the rest of Europe
  • In conjunction with the rest of the project team, analysing the data gathered and producing excellent research outputs related to it, including co-authored journal articles and book chapters
  • Carrying out knowledge exchange and public engagement work related to the project, including contributing to the social media profile of the project and its team.
  • Working with the project team to help organise workshops and conferences related to the project.
  • Liaising with the project's academic advisory board.
  • Reporting regularly to the PI and Co-I on progress and editorial matters
  • Attending regular project and editorial meetings as required
  • Travelling to relevant sites in the UK and elsewhere in Europe to conduct fieldwork and attend workshops and conference
  • Supporting the work on the Cold War exhibition at NMS, together with the NMS-based post-doc
  • Co-ordinating the project datasets
  • Carrying out more general project management together with the NMS-based post-doctoral researcher, including reporting, monitoring, organising and timetabling of events and activities.
  • The project is designed specifically to communicate the results of academic research to the broader general public. An enthusiasm and capacity for public engagement is essential. The project funding comes with a commitment on the part of all members of the team to an extensive and demanding programme of interdisciplinary research and writing, of specialised workshops, and of public engagement activities. A willingness and enthusiasm to work within a team ethos to ensure success on all four fronts is essential.

    Additional Information

    In addition to the covering letter, applicants should submit:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • An example of recent academic writing (e.g., PhD chapter, article or book chapter)
  • A short statement (1 page) outlining your qualification for the fellowship, and initial thoughts on how your interests dovetail with the project
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees
  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Holger Nehring holger.nehring@stir.ac.uk for more information.

    Essential Criteria

    Qualifications

  • The candidates must, by the time of appointment, have completed a PhD (or equivalent) on a topic related to Cold War history or heritage, or relevant topics in anthropology, sociology, museum studies and other related disciplines
  • Research

  • Demonstrate a record of high research achievement in a relevant field
  • Evidence of outstanding research potential
  • Experience of qualitative research methods, especially oral history or equivalent methodologies
  • Willingness to acquire skills in the field of digital humanities and museum studies

  • Skills in qualitative data collection and analysis

  • Understanding and awareness of research governance and ethical issues in research, and of obtaining ethical approval
  • Experience of writing for academic publication
  • Skills, attitude and behaviour

  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Evidence of excellent administrative and project management skills
  • Proven ability to interact effectively and work collaboratively with colleagues and external parties
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills including ability to prioritise workload
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Experience of working in research teams
  • Previous experience of workshop or project administration
  • A record of research publications in areas relevant to the project
  • Experience with online data entry and content management systems
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion. This might include - but is not limited to - evidence of work to advance gender equality, positive mental health, disability equality, anti-racism or tackling gender-based violence
  • Behaviours and Competencies

    The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.

  • Managing self and personal skills Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.

  • Delivering excellent service Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.

  • Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.

  • Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.

  • Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.

  • Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.

  • Developing self and others Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.

  • Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.

  • Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

  • About Us

    The University of Stirling's largest faculty has earned a reputation for delivering some of the most highly-rated Arts and Humanities courses in the country. With a focus on innovation, exploration and creativity, you'll be part of a vibrant environment defined by world-class teaching and research.

    Staff thrive in a dynamic culture where collaboration is key, international links abound and the desire to make a meaningful contribution to society is always at the forefront of our minds.

    Research within History and Politics resonates far beyond the University. It has an interdisciplinary focus that cuts across both areas and engages with the work of others, especially in the fields of global security and the history and policy of civil society. Our work makes an impact on society and government policy. It focuses on challenges that matter – from environmental sustainability to international conflict resolution, diplomacy and foreign policy. It also provides analysis and knowledge of the foundation on which our civil society rests, locally, nationally and globally.

    The University

    The University of Stirling is a leading UK teaching and research-intensive university, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with a pioneering spirit and a passion for excellence in all that it does.

    In 2016, the University launched its current Strategic Plan https: // www. stir.ac.uk/about/our-vision/our-strategy/ (2016-2021), with targets to: be one of the top 25 universities in the UK; increase income by £50 million; enhance its research profile by 100 per cent; and ensure internationalisation is at the heart of everything it does.

    With three-quarters of its research ranked world-leading and internationally- excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014), the University's groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research makes a difference to society and has a positive impact on communities worldwide. Stirling's research is making a positive impact on people's health, education and wellbeing, with key strengths across our research themes of: Cultures, Communities and Society; Global Security and Resilience; and Living Well. The University collaborates with international governments and policymakers, businesses, industry, and charitable organisations, to tackle and provide solutions to some of the toughest global societal challenges.

    For more information on working at Stirling, please visit https: // www. stir.ac.uk/about/work-at-stirling/.

    The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University's excellent Sport Centre facilities.

    A full list of FAQs can be found here, we recommend you read these before making your application.

    Please ensure that you check your email account junk folder as your email provider may flag emails sent to you as suspected spam.

    Terms and conditions of this post can be found here.

    After the closing date, this job advert will no longer be available on the University of Stirling website therefore please keep a copy for your records.