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Research Associate (Bee-ing Human)

Requisition ID:  19802

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  03-May-2022

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.


Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum


Closing Date: 31 May 2022


The Role


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Research Associate (1 FTE for three years with a start date of 1st September 2022) to join an interdisciplinary team exploring the emotions of bees.


We are looking for candidates who have demonstrable expertise in early modern studies and who are enthused by the possibilities of interdisciplinary research. Knowledge of one or more of the following is desirable: digital humanities, early music, environmental humanities, performance, rhetoric, textual editing. So too is an interest in bees! Willingness to learn text encoding to prepare texts for our digital platform is essential.


You will co-edit Charles Butler’s The Feminine Monarchie of the Bees (1609, 1623, 1634) under the guidance of Professor Jennifer Richards (Joseph Cowen Chair of English Literature, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics) and Professor Magnus Williamson (Music, School of Arts and Cultures). You will work both independently, and as part of a larger interdisciplinary research ‘hive’, with artists (composers), musicologists, bio-environmental scientists and software engineers, co-designing a digital 'bee book' that will present the research results and chronicle the interdisciplinary exchanges in the group.


The Bee-ing Human Research Project is funded by Leverhulme Trust. 


About us:

You will work in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics. We are a vibrant community of linguists, creative writers and literary scholars, who study languages and literatures to address today’s social challenges. Early modern literature and culture is a dynamic area in the School, and we have longstanding expertise in scholarly editing, book history, and performance. We understand ‘text’ as mobile, lively, and dynamic, and we share an ambition to explore the opportunities of the digital to demonstrate this. You will work alongside our pioneering musicians and scholars in Music, and the Research Software Engineering team, with whom we co-lead the Animating Text Newcastle University project (ATNU). You will be affiliated with the Humanities Research Institute, which nurtures interdisciplinary research across the university, builds partnerships, and collaborates on research culture change.


We provide an inclusive environment for everyone and recognize that our community of researchers are crucial to our success. You will benefit from a range of opportunities for career development including training opportunities, networking groups and mentoring networks. The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics actively encourages applications from Black and minority ethnic candidates.  All applicants should feel free to communicate to the selection panel circumstances that have had an impact on their career path, including those related to Covid-19 restrictions. Newcastle University is committed to developing a fully inclusive global University community in which staff and students from all sectors of society can thrive equally. See the University’s institutional EDI strategy here.


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Key Accountabilities

  • To co-edit Charles Butler’s The Feminine Monarchie of the Bees (1609, 1623, 1634)
  • To encode texts (using the TEI Guidelines) for digital publication
  • To create and maintain a website and a social media profile for the project
  • To work as a member of the team, contributing to interdisciplinary reading groups; the advisory board; knowledge exchange activities
  • To contribute to engagement/impact activities relating to the project


The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Knowledge of early modern texts/print history

  • Excellent working methods (e.g. record-keeping), and ability to maintain a high-level of accuracy (e.g. in the transcription of texts)

  • Excellent organisational abilities and time management skills, and the ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a wide range of different audiences

  • Understanding of and demonstrable commitment to promoting and embedding equality, diversity & inclusion principles and practice



  • Knowledge of one or more of the following areas: digital humanities, early music, environmental humanities, performance, rhetoric, textual editing

  • Knowledge of the technologies and methods of digital textual encoding (TEI), or a willingness to learn them;

  • Knowledge of web publishing using a content management system, or a willingness to learn it

  • Experience of using social media

  • Experience of working with non-academic partners for the dissemination of scholarly research and the development of impact commensurate with career stage

  • Track record of high-quality research publication commensurate with career stage


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to interact with researchers in the sciences

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Ability to engage with non-academic audiences



  • PhD awarded in early modern English Literature, or closely related field

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 19221