Research Fellow in Digital Social Science/Humanities Ref 3199

School/department: School of Education and Social Work/Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL)
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term for 12 months  
Reference: 3199
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 31 May 2018
Closing date:  2 July 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 1 September 2018

Job description

Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL) in collaboration with the School of Education & Social Work wish to appoint to a fixed term, non-renewable, fellowship in Digital Social Science/ Humanities.

The Research Fellow is expected to contribute directly to the development of substantial new projects undertaken by the SHL team, and to contribute in an advisory capacity to other SHL-supported projects. They will also be developing their own projects aligned to SHL interests.

The person appointed will have a specialism in one or more of the following areas: everyday digital cultures, digital childhoods/youth cultures and digital sexualities, as well as experience of developing and implementing digital techniques, tools, approaches, and methods in research. They will understand the intersection of technical skills, sociological thinking and methodological awareness that constitutes successful research projects and be able to co-design and produce projects from inception to completion.

You should have a track record in grant development, collaborative interdisciplinary working and participatory research design.

The Research Fellow would be aligned with the Digital Lives/ Digital Memories Strand. This strand explores how digital technologies and their affordances form part of the fabric of everyday lives, creating new logics of practice that may be realised in different and unexpected ways. A core element of this Strand is the theme of ‘digital childhoods’, involving documenting and analyzing contemporary childhoods and exploring the interplay between dynamic processes of technical and biosocial maturation.

Digital temporalities are also an analytic focus, and the use of longitudinal, cross generational and archive based methodologies are used to explore cultural transitions between analogue and digital environments. A third focus is on forms of ‘context collapse’ (boyd) afforded by digital technologies, which disrupt many of the cultural boundaries of modernity and associated forms of expertise - e.g. those between public and private, home and the school, professional and the client, the developed and underdeveloped world, and the old and the young.

The Lab is designed to break down the boundaries between individual fields, and to facilitate radically trans-disciplinary work. In particular, the programme is designed to bring together Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM researchers; combining art with code, history with informatics, aesthetics with statistics.

The Programme is led by Professor Caroline Bassett. She is supported by a Core Management Team (CMT) including Co-Directors Tim Hitchcock, Rachel Thomson, and David Weir. The programme of activities associated with SHL began in September 2015 and will run to September 2019.

The candidate will be appointed at post-doctoral level. They should have a specialism in Digital social science/ humanities. They may hold an MA, MSc, or doctorate with clear links to the digital social sciences/ humanities. Or you may be a computer scientist, engineer, information science specialist.

We welcome applications from candidates from any of the above backgrounds with a knowledge base in Digital Social Science/ Humanities practice and theory.

For an informal discussion of the post, please contact either Rachel Thomson, Professor of Childhood & Youth Studies or Liam Berriman, Lecturer in Childhood & Youth Studies

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