Research Officer (FREEPSY), Department of PPS
Application closing date
£32,348 - £33,314 per annum, pro-rata
Applications are invited for a one-year Research Officer to work on a new,
exciting research project, ‘Free Clinics and a Psychoanalysis for the
People: Progressive Histories, Collective Practices, Implications for our
Times' (FREEPSY), funded by a UKRI Frontier Research Grant (ERC
Consolidator Grant guarantee), held by Prof Raluca Soreanu.
The project brings together a team of eight researchers across four strands.
It aims to produce a new global figuration of psychoanalysis as a progressive
discourse and practice, by tracing the little-known histories of free
psychoanalytic clinics. This is an interdisciplinary project spanning from
psychosocial studies to social theory, historical research, and arts methods.
It investigates how collectives of clinicians invested in the social mission
of psychoanalysis innovate in the clinical and institutional domain, and in
mental health cultures, by reconfiguring the meaning of time, space, money,
suffering and their interrelations. FREEPSY includes a multi-sited
psychosocial ethnography and archival research of free clinics in London,
Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, New York
Duties of the Role
The post will be primarily held in the Department of Psychosocial and
Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. The Research Officer will prepare
the ethnographic fieldwork and the archival research across strands. They will
integrate research initiatives of this complex multi-strand project. They will
take an active role in networking and out-facing activities for the project.
They will be an integral part of the research team, and they will collaborate
with the PI, two postdoctoral fellows, a PhD researcher and the communication
and events officer. The successful applicant will be able to contribute to
delivering the research objectives of FREEPSY.
A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found in the job pack.
Qualifications and Skills required
Applicants will possess a bachelor's degree and postgraduate degree in Social
Sciences or a related field of study and excellent research skills, with
evidence of an emerging research agenda. You will also be able to work
collaboratively and in an interdisciplinary research environment.
Applications will be considered from candidates with an understanding of
qualitative research/ethnography in health and social contexts and/or archival
research. Language skills in Portuguese, Spanish, German or Hungarian would be
This post is fixed-term for 12 months until 29 November 2023 due to a
temporary funding source and will be for 18 hours per week (0.5 FTE).
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