Job vacancy: Research Assistant ‘St John’s and the Colonial Past’

Applications are invited for a two-year fixed-term post of Research Assistant in St John’s College, University of Oxford.  The post involves working on a research project entitled ‘St John’s and the Colonial Past’, funded by the College and led by Professor William Whyte.  The full details of the job vacancy and how to apply are available on the St John’s College Oxford website, and the closing date for applications is noon on April 29th 2019.

The drive to ‘decolonise the university’ – or, at any rate, to think through the implications of institutional involvement in the imperial projects of the past – is now a global endeavour.  As yet, however, no college in Oxford or Cambridge has seriously undertaken research into its involvement in colonialism.  This project will explore connections between the college and colonialism, uncovering benefactions to St John’s and the alumni who served in the empire.  It will also investigate the monuments, objects, pictures and buildings that evoke the colonial past.  This research will feed into a report and other scholarly publications.  After this, a series of workshops will be held to discuss the findings and to plan responses.  This is a pioneering project, one we hope will set the standard for future work in other institutions.

The appointee will have a doctorate or other postgraduate qualification, in either history or in a field of humanities or social science relevant to the project.  Research expertise in archival work and/or crowdsourcing is highly desirable.

The appointee will take up the post on 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. This full-time post is a two-year fixed-term position created to provide support for the research project and will therefore not be extended or renewed.

The appointment will be on the University’s Grade 7 for Academic and Academic-related staff, currently ranging from £32,236-£39,609 per annum.

The closing date for receipt of applications is noon on Monday, 29 April.