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Research Associate (Legacies of the British Slave Trade)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-017428

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/09/2021

Salary: £33,309per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: History

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: starting 1 October 2021 for 24 months

School / Directorate: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

The University of Manchester is seeking to appoint one full-time Research Associate on a fixed-term contract for 24 months, from 01st October 2021, to work closely with project Co-Investigator Dr Edmond Smith. They will join two further Research Associates on the project who will be based at Lancaster and UCL. These posts represent an opportunity for individuals to participate in a new AHRC-funded project entitled Legacies of the British Slave Trade: The Structures and Significance of British Investment in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, c. 1550-1807 (led by PI Prof William Pettigrew). The project will examine the economic, cultural, political, and physical legacies of slave-traders and create a comprehensive dataset as a basis for assessing the local, regional and national imprints of Britain’s slave-trade.  Each of the three posts will formally be attached to one of the participating institutions, but successful candidates will be expected to work flexibly according to the needs of the entire project team. You will not need to live close to the host institution.  

You will undertake archival, prosopographical and bibliographic research relating to the business operations and commercial networks, cultural and philanthropic activities and physical legacies of c. 8,000 identified slave-traders in the period from 1550 to 1807. It will involve extensive work on digital resources as well as archival work in port-cities and regional archives. You will have the opportunity to organize and participate in academic and policy orientated events, contribute to peer-reviewed academic outputs, and assist in public engagement and policy-development activities. You can also benefit from an ‘impact secondment’ with one of the institutions represented on the project’s stakeholder panel.

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.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here​​​​​​​

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: Dr Edmond Smith


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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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