TSS Research Assistant (TSS-010-TA)

University of Hull
May 15, 2024
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TSS Research Assistant Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation Location: Hull

£16.54 per hour Plus holiday pay 17.65% Closing Date: Wednesday 15 May 2024 Reference: TSS-010-TA

About Us

The Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull was founded in 2006 and is a world-leading research Centre focused on the study of historical slavery and modern slavery. It is one of the few institutes in the UK actively dedicated to the study of slavery and its legacies and strives to engage with descendant communities, University, national and international efforts to understand slavery in both historical and present-day contexts. A detailed overview of the Institute and its projects can be found on Wilberforce Institute home University of Hull.

About the Role

Last year the Scott Trust, owners of the Guardian, published research conducted by WISE into its formation in Manchester in 1821. The research uncovered that the Manchester Guardian's founders were connected to transatlantic slavery. WISE has a continuing partnership with the Guardian to conduct further research on the newspaper's links with historical slavery and to provide a deeper understanding of the enslaved people linked to its founders. This forms part of the Scott Trust's 10-year Legacies of Enslavement project. Aligned with this research remit, we are recruiting for the post of Research Assistant (RA) to conduct research on Jamaica and its links with the Manchester Guardian. The RA will assist two of our Workstreams focused on Jamaica and join a team of interdisciplinary researchers investigating the Guardian's links with slavery in the regions of Brazil, the Sea Islands of the United States, the UK and the Caribbean.

This role will be part-time at .4 FTE/2 days per week and is expected to run for three months from 15 May to 15 August 2024. Further details on this role can be found in the Job Description.

About You

As this role entails archival work in Jamaica we actively encourage applications from those based in the Caribbean. We welcome applications from historians or interdisciplinary researchers with experience in working with archives related to slavery in Jamaica and digitised 19th Century Caribbean Newspapers. The ideal candidate will hold a Postgraduate degree in the field of Humanities and/or Social Sciences. Candidates with an Undergraduate degree accompanied by relevant research experience will also be considered for the role.

The Guardian and WISE are committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity in the academic sphere. With this in mind, we particularly welcome applications from those who are Black, Asian or minority ethnic, or from other groups traditionally underrepresented in UK research institutions. Further details can be found in the Job Description documents.


To be considered for this role, please upload the following:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A supporting statement of no more than 900 words. Please outline any skills and experience you have that would be relevant for this role. Please include examples and evidence that demonstrate your skills/capabilities.
  • The names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work and who could be contacted if you are shortlisted for the position.
  • Timeline

    Interviews for this role will be held from the 6 to 10 May 2024 with the selected candidate expected to start on 15 May 2024. This post is expected to run from 15 May to 15 August.

    For more information on the role, contact Dr Cassandra Gooptar , Lecturer in Legacies of Slavery and Lead Researcher on the Guardian Legacies of Enslavement project at [email protected] .

    Further details: Job Description

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