Research Officer Needed, ‘Life in the Suburbs’, University of London

058/09 Research Officer, ‘Life in the Suburbs: Health, Domesticity and Status in Early Modern London’

School of Advanced Study
Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research
£30,973 to £37,603 pa inc LW
Fixed term until 31 May 2011

Applications are invited for the post of Research Officer on the ESRC-funded project, ‘Life in the Suburbs: health, domesticity and status in early modern London’ (ref: RES-062-23-1260).

The project, which began in June 2008, is the third phase of a major collaboration between the Centre for Metropolitan History at the Institute of Historical Research, Birkbeck, University of London, and the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (University of Cambridge). It seeks to investigate the character and development of London’s eastern suburb from c.1550-c.1700, and in particular will assess the impact of burgeoning population and industrialisation on the topography of the study area; examine the social and economic characteristics of the area’s population; and study the relationship between rapid urbanisation and health and mortality. Further details of the project can be found in the further particulars and at

The postholder will be responsible for the analysis of large quantities of quantitative and qualitative historical data, and writing up the results for a range of publications under the direction of Dr Matthew Davies (Principal Investigator), Professor Vanessa Harding and Professor Richard Smith (Co-Investigators). This full-time post will be based in London, at the offices of the Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research.

Applicants for this post will have a PhD in early modern British social and economic history, and preferably experience of working on the history of London and/or other urban contexts. Experience in the use of relational databases for historical research is essential, as is proficiency in the use of a wide range of source materials. For a full list of criteria see the Further Particulars.

The post is available from 4 January 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter, and is a fixed-term appointment until 31 May 2011.

For further information about the role, including details of method of application, please download the Further Particulars [pdf 12pgs, 142KB]. To apply, please complete the Personal details/Equal Opportunities form, send your CV and a covering letter which details your interest in and suitability for the post to University of London Recruitment quoting reference 058/09.

Closing date for applications is at 12 noon on Friday 6 November 2009. Interviews will be held on Monday 30 November 2009.

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