Research Assistant (Impact Manager: Programming Historian) Ref 2753

School/department: School of History, Art History and Philosophy  
Hours: Part time hours considered up a maximum of 14.6 hours per week. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)
Contract: Fixed term for 2 months
Reference: 2753
Salary: Starting at £30,046 to £33,797 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 18 November 2019
Closing date: 3 December 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 

Job description

The University of Sussex is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on the ESRC Impact Accelerator funded project ‘The Programming Historian: developing and sustaining impact in the Global South’. The successful candidate will work alongside a team of global team who publish open-access, novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching. Published in three languages, the Programming Historian is a volunteer run project that reaches 1.2 million readers each year, with substantial audiences in the Global South.

The Research Assistant’s primary role is to deliver a roadmap for outreach and impact and outline a pathway for making the role of Impact Manager sustainable. To achieve this successful candidate will leverage existing partnerships (for example, RedDH, African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education, Talarify), identify potential new partnerships, and working closely with both the Programming Historian Global Team and Communication Team.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelors-level qualification in a related subject area and a demonstrable interest in open publishing, community outreach, and research impact. They will be based in the Department of History within the School of History, Art History and Philosophy (HAHP) at the University of Sussex.

For an informal discussion of the post, please contact Dr James Baker, in the first instance by email at:

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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