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[ecrea] Postgraduate research fellow, University of Leeds

Tue Apr 17 18:41:09 GMT 2012

 I wanted to draw your attention to a post we are currently advertising at the ICS in Leeds. If you have any post doc students who have recently completed and are interested in the area of digital transformations of community and culture, please let them know about this position. It is a great opportunity for post doc students - a three year position at a research fellow level, with networking and research possibilities. We would expect the research fellow to pursue their own research within the broad remit of the project, and contribute to the research environment of the department, but s/he would also be able to dip in and out of the many other activities going on in the Network+ (pilot projects, networks, placements, workshops). The deadline is the 16th May for applications, and we would want to start as soon as possible. Any informal questions about the post or the project to me ath.thornham@leeds.

Thank you in advance for forwarding this - the job spec should also be on

Best wishes,

Dr. Helen Thornham
Research Fellow
(h.thornham /at/
Room 2.06, Clothworkers Building North
University of Leeds

0113 343 5824
Office Hours Wednesday and Thursday 10-11am

Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications
Institute of Communications Studies

Postgraduate Research Fellow in the Digital Transformations of Community and Culture

Fixed term from 1 June 2012 to 31 May 2015

This EPSRC funded project investigating Digital Transformations of Community and Culture  which is led by Dr Helen Thornham, aims to undertake a range of activities including networks, placements, scoping studies, pilots and workshop events.

You will support research activities led by Dr Thornham at Leeds and engage in the wider research of the Network+. You will be expected to conduct your own research within the broad theme of digital transformations of community and culture, participate in the research culture at the Institute of Communications Studies, and engage in the activities within the project including impact assessments. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with academic interests in this broad area. The post offers direct engagement in high quality, international research and networks within the UK and Europe.

You will:
*      Manage the virtual resources for the project
*      Manage research activities including fieldwork and analysis (interviews, focus groups, questionnaires)
*      Engage in the wider research activities and environment of the Project as a whole
*      Plan and manage your own research within the theme of digital transformation of community and culture
*      Contribute to the preparation and dissemination of reports, papers and publications

You will have a PhD related to the research project (i.e. new media, sociology, cultural studies, communication, digital humanities), be digitally literate, have excellent written and communication skills, excellent organisation skills and be able to demonstrate a developing record of research.

University Grade 7 (£30,122 - £35,938 p.a.) It is likely that an appointment will be made at or below £33,884 since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start

Informal enquiries to Dr Helen Thornham, (emailh.thornham /at/

Closing Date:

Job Description

Reports to: Dr Helen Thornham

Responsible to: Head of Institute

Main Duties and Responsibilities

*     Responsibility for providing research support including the following:
o  Undertaking fieldwork and analysis for scoping studies and impact assessments
o  Representing Investigators at various activities within the project
o  Providing intellectual cohesion and support across the Network+
o  Drafting and distributing reports, papers and publications
·       Use creativity to analyse and interpret the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, including coding and software use

*       Analyse and interpret key documents

*       Support workshops and events, sourcing transcription, delivering files and obtaining updates on progress as necessary

*       Prepare and organise data sets, including the website and other visual material

*       Lead literature searches and the preparation of reports and papers, contributing to research publications

*       Develop and use new research techniques and methods as appropriate

·     Communicate ideas and results clearly to a range of people within and outside the team. Liaising with Co-Is and other networks throughout the project

·      Interacting with, and providing assistance to, other staff in the research group.
*      Plan and manage your own research activity within the strategy identified for the project as a whole
*      Interact and collaborate with other staff in the research group
*      Develop collaborations with colleagues at the University of Leeds and with external organisations/other Institutions to develop new external research links.
*      Balance the competing pressures of research and administrative demands and deadlines.
*      Ensure satisfactory compliance in your work with respect to safety etc
·       To undertake any other duties commensurate within the role and grade as and when required.

Career Expectations

The University of Leeds is committed to developing its staff. All staff participate in the Staff Review and Development scheme and we continue to work with individuals, supporting them to maximise their potential.

Progression to a higher grade is dependent on an individual taking on an increased level of responsibility. Vacancies that arise within the area or across the wider University are advertised on the HR website -  <>   - to allow staff to apply for wider career development opportunities.

University Values

All staff are expected to operate in line with the university's values and standards, which work as an integral part of our strategy and set out the principles of how we work together. More information about the university's strategy and values is available at  <>

Person Specification


 *   You will have a PhD related to the research project (i.e. new media, sociology, cultural studies, communication, digital humanities)
 *   Experience in qualitative/quantitative research methods and an interest in exploring new methods
 *   Digital literacy
 *   Developing record of research
 *   Excellent written and communication skills
 *   Excellent organisational skills
 *   Excellent time management skills

*     A research background in a related subject
*     Previous experience working on a research grant
*     Familiarity with data analysis software

Additional Information

Details of the terms and conditions of employment for all staff at the university, including information on pensions and benefits, are available on the Human Resources web pages accessible via the links on the right hand side, or at  <>

Criminal Record Disclosures

A Criminal Records Disclosure is not required for this position. However, applicants who have unspent convictions must indicate this in the 'other personal details' section of the application.

Disabled Applicants

The post is located in the Clothworkers' Building North.  Disabled applicants wishing to review access to the building are invited to contact the department direct.  Additional information may be sought from the Recruitment Officer, (emaildisclosure /at/  <mailto:(disclosure /at/>   or tel + 44 (0)113 343 1723.

Disabled applicants are not obliged to inform employers of their disability but will still be covered by the Equality Act once their disability becomes known.

Further information for applicants with disabilities, impairments or health conditions is available in the applicant guidance.

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