Research Assistant (Dialect and Heritage project)

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7069486 (Ref.No. AHCEN1044)
Posted: September 4, 2020

Job Description

Do you have a track record of supporting high-quality research projects?

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, creative and flexible individual to work on a project that aims to collect new research and engage new audiences with collections at the University of Leeds and at five partner museums across England. The partner museums are: Dales Countryside Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum, Weald & Downland Living Museum, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, and the Museum of East Anglian Life.  The project is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the University of Leeds’s Footsteps Fund and other alumni donations, along with partner museum contributions.

The project centres around the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC). The LAVC is a unique and nationally important multi-media archive including the records of the Survey of English Dialects and the Institute of Dialect and Folk Life Studies. The collection is housed and accessible at the University of Leeds Special Collections.

As Research Assistant you will provide the academic voice on the project, co-developing the research methodology, analysing research data, providing subject specialist input into the interpretation, website content, and design and development of learning resources. Alongside the Project Lead, this postholder will undertake cutting-edge dialect research as part of the project. You will also support the project team in evaluating the quality of volunteer research contributions.

You will be managed by the Project Lead, Dr Fiona Douglas, and based at the University of Leeds, School of English.

To arrange to have a discussion with Dr Fiona Douglas, Project Lead, to explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Sarah Hughes, Project Manager


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of English
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,511 to £32,817 p.a. pro rata
It is likely that an appointment will be made no higher than £27,511 p.a., since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start
Working Time:  50%
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 March 2023)
Release Date:  Thursday 03 September 2020
Closing Date:  Monday 21 September 2020
Interview Date:  Friday 02 October 2020
Reference:  AHCEN1044

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