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Research Associate

Requisition ID:  21662

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  01-Aug-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.

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


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.


Salary: £32,348 to £42,155 per annum


Closing Date: 28 August 2022


The Role


We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the ‘Eighteenth-Century Political Participation and Electoral Culture’ (ECPPEC) project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


The post will run from 1 November 2022 to 30 June 2023.


The ECPPEC project is led by Professor Matthew Grenby in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University, with Co-Investigators Professor Elaine Chalus (History, Liverpool) and Dr Tom Schofield (Digital Cultures, Newcastle). The project began in January 2020, and will run until 30 June 2023. Its aims are to produce new understandings of parliamentary elections in England between 1695 and 1832, combining historical, literary and cultural studies of the print, visual, musical and material culture of elections, with ‘big data’ analysis of voting patterns as recorded in poll books. The objective is to shed new light on how people, both with and without the vote, consumed and made elections, and how different kinds of intervention in the electoral process affected behaviour and electoral outcomes.


You will be appointed full-time for eight months, joining an established project team. The team has already assembled a very substantial database of voting data (transcribed from pollbooks) from across 20 case study constituencies, has collected a wealth of cultural material produced for and during parliamentary elections, and has built a major digital resource designed to host voting records, cultural material, analysis and visualisations of this data, and contextual essays and ‘data stories’.


The principal responsibilities will be to conduct further historical analysis of the material already collected, supplementing this information where necessary with additional research, and to write and edit additional material for the ECPPEC digital resource and other printed outputs. Some work to support the public engagement elements of the project will also be required, including work with community historians, schools and the project’s partners, including History of Parliament.


It is envisaged that the successful candidate will hold a doctorate in history, politics or a related field (or have equivalent experience). You will be based at Newcastle University and will work primarily under the direction of Professors Matthew Grenby and Elaine Chalus.


As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


For further inquiries please contact: Prof. Matthew Grenby (


Key Accountabilities

  • To conduct historical analysis of material already largely collected, supplementing this information where necessary with additional research
  • To write and edit material for the ECPPEC digital resource, including ‘Feature’ essays, ‘data stories’, data visualisations, and contextualising and introductory material
  • To write and edit material for other printed and online outputs arising from the ECPPEC project, such as journal articles, a joint-authored monograph, and a framework for schools
  • To support the take-up of ECPPEC resources through collaboration with potential user groups, including schools, community historians, and the project’s partners including History of Parliament, the Hansard Society, and the Institute of Historical Research

The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Research interests which demonstrably align with the project and the specific responsibilities of the position
  • Excellent organisational abilities and time management skills, and ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a range of different audiences


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Willingness and ability to engage with both academic and non-academic audiences and partners



  • Doctorate in history, politics, or a related field (or equivalent)

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: 21662