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Research Associate in History (2 posts available)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-016475

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/04/2021

Salary: 1 post at Grade 6 £32,816 per annum , 1 post at Grade 6 £34,804 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: History

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: starting 1 October 2021 for 48 months

School / Directorate: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

The University invites applications for a fixed term Postdoctoral Research Associate, tenable for four years from 1st October 2021.

You will have a completed PhD or equivalent in early modern history which demonstrates an area of research expertise pertinent to this project, for example: environmental history; medical history; social history; material culture; food history; early American history.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will support the Wellcome Trust Investigator Award project ‘Sleeping well in the early modern world: an environmental approach to the history of sleep care’, coordinated by Professor Sasha Handley.

This project will be the first to define and analyse sleep habits as historically-situated environmental practices. It investigates how and why communities in Britain, Ireland and England's emerging American colonies c.1500-1750 self-consciously engaged with their physical surroundings in an effort to sleep well and safeguard their health. The project will uncover an environmentally informed culture of 'sleep care', its conceptual underpinnings, and its manifestation in a range of everyday 'sleep care' practices from the preparation of soporific tonics to the composition of bedding materials. As such, it will demonstrate that 'sleeping well' involved much more than simply avoiding sleep disorders or coping with sleep loss

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Blended working arrangements may be considered          

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Sasha Handley


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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