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Research Assistant (Mobile Museum Project)

Department of Geography

Location:  Other
Salary:  £34,137 to £40,317 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Wednesday 09 August 2017
Interview Date:  Tuesday 12 September 2017
Reference:  0617-219

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant on an AHRC-funded project on The Mobile Museum: Economic Botany in Circulation. This project is a collaboration between Royal Holloway, University of London, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The post focusses on the educational uses of economic botany artefacts and specimens dispersed by Kew to schools across the UK in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  This will involve analysis of collection archives at Kew; investigation of the role of school museums in contemporary educational policy and pedagogic practice at both the national and local levels; and historical research on science education and the broader contexts of nature study in the period. The work undertaken will require co-authorship of a working paper and one or more publications in scholarly journals.  The research will also feed into a schools-based outreach project managed by the Learning & Participation Department at Kew, involving the creation of new museums in two London primary schools.

We are looking for applicants with experience of historical research in a relevant discipline, such as historical geography, history of education and museum history, to PhD level or beyond, and a strong commitment to the dissemination of research. The post will require close collaboration with the Principal Investigator, Professor Felix Driver, and other members of the Mobile Museum project team as well as with members of the learning department at Kew. Good communication skills are required both within the project team and for external audiences. Experience or interest in collections-based research is highly desirable.

This is a fixed term post offered on a Part-Time basis, equivalent to four days a week (0.8 FTE) for 22 months, starting on 3 January 2018. It is based at Royal Holloway and will also involve working at Kew.

For further information about the project, see https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mobile-museum  

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Felix Driver on f.driver@rhul.ac.uk

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk.

Please quote the reference: 0617-219

Closing Date:  Midnight, 9 August 2017

Interview Date:12 September 2017

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