Job Opportunity – NNMHR Postdoctoral Research Assistant (part-time)

University of Leeds (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures)

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Medical Humanities

  • Are you a motivated and enthusiastic early career researcher?
  • Do you want to be involved in the organising of a major research network?
  • Would you like to help develop the careers of others?

NNMHR is looking to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Assistants, one to be formally based at Leeds, to help with organising the Network’s activities over the next two years. The role will involve membership of the Network’s Steering Group, co-ordinating a series of subject masterclasses and early career professional development workshops, as well as helping with the running of the Network’s day-to-day activities. You will liaise between Network members and assist where appropriate with the organisation of the annual Congress and other NNMHR events

The position offers the opportunity to develop career skills through participating in the activities of a research network and working with a range of individuals across the member institutions.

What does the role entail?

As a Postdoctoral Research Assistant your main duties will include:

  • Being an active member of the NNMHR Steering Group, representing the views and perspectives of early career researchers
  • Reviewing, with other members of the NNMHR Steering Group, applications to the NNMHR research grant Seed Scheme
  • Designing, delivering and evaluating at least 4 ECR career development workshops and subject masterclasses
  • Monitoring and updating the NNMHR web pages and social media accounts
  • Publicising and supporting NNMHR activities, particularly with a view to encouraging ECR involvement

What will you bring to the role?

As a Postdoctoral Research Assistant you will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant Medical Humanities subject area
  • Experience of organising and evaluating academic events
  • Experience of editing web sites and using social media for academic purposes
  • Demonstrated commitment to the medical humanities as an interdisciplinary research field
  • The ability to work independently, take initiative and prioritise your own workload without close supervision

You may also have:

  • Experience in formal evaluation of research funding proposals
  • Experience of designing, delivering and evaluating training sessions for ECRs

To download the full job description, please click here.

How to apply

Please send an application (CV and a covering letter) by 5.00pm on the advertised closing date – Wednesday 8 May 2019 – to Stuart Murray.

Please note that interviews are due to take place in Leeds on Fri 24 May.

Contact information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Stuart Murray: School of English, University of Leeds Tel: 0113 343 4747


Dr Angela Woods: Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University Tel: 0191 33 48145

Additional information

This position is open to all suitably qualified candidates who have an affiliation with any NNMHR member institution and a genuine interest in the work of the network. You will work with a similar appointee based at Durham University and both roles will be managed by Professor Stuart Murray (Leeds) and Dr Angela Woods (Durham). Although formally based in Leeds, this work can largely be done remotely and the exact working pattern is negotiable.

Applicants MUST be eligible to work in the UK and should also be affiliated to one of the Network member institutions (University of York, Liverpool University, Durham University, the University of Leeds, the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Glasgow, the University of Sheffield, Northumbria University, and Newcastle University).

Further information about Medical Humanities Research at Leeds can be found here:

Further information about the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures can be found here:

This position is funded by a Wellcome Trust Small Grant in Humanities and Social Science, ‘The Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research’, reference 211362/Z/18/Z

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Posted on 26 Apr 2019, under News.