Research Assistant/Research Associate in Law: Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature

The Faculty of English and CRASSH are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant / Research Associate in Law to join the ERC funded project, Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature, led by Dr Subha Mukherji (English).
This project uncovers the interface between imaginative literature and epistemology in its wider sense in early modern England (1500–1700). It examines intersections between literary forms and apparently disparate areas of thinking about ways of knowing, while remaining attentive, at the same time, to the internal thresholds between these more explicitly epistemic disciplines. Research is to be organised along the four disciplinary strands (theology, national philosophy, economic thinking and law) in the first four years, with literary intervention as a running thread. But it is expected that the strands will enmesh increasingly as the project progresses.
Fifty percent of the RA’s time will be spent on research tasks directed by the PI, the remaining fifty percent will be spent on individual and collaborative publications related to the wider project. The RA will be expected to participate in weekly reading groups and work-in-progress meetings, and in all project events. They will take an active role in the organisation of project activities such as conferences, colloquia, hosting visitors, and the exhibition. They will be expected to share in the responsibility of editing project outputs, to contribute relevant content for the project’s website and databases, and to have completed a draft of their monograph and/or articles by the project’s end date.
The RA on the legal strand should have expertise in early modern law or legal history, possibly including the tradition of judicial rhetoric, or the interface between law and literature more generally. S/he should in addition have an interest in the relationship between the law and early modern cultures of knowledge. The project is focused on England, but a familiarity with Continental developments would be welcome.
If the successful applicant has not been awarded their PhD at the time of appointment, he/she will be underappointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD).
Applicants must possess
–  A good first degree and a PhD in a relevant field of research, which should have been submitted and, ideally, awarded by the start of the post.
– Research experience in 16th-17th-century legal history with a focus on epistemology and an interest in literary engagements.
– Familiarity with current digital humanities research and technology
– Fluency in English and reading proficiency in Latin
– Evidence of ability to organise and participate in collaborative research initiatives/projects.
– Evidence of ability to present research findings to a scholarly audience.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years in the first instance. The project runs from 1 October 2014 until 30 September 2019.
Further Information and Project Description
Applications should be made via the CRASSH website ( by 12pm on Tuesday 5 May 2015. Two references are required for this post, and candidates should ask their referees to submit their references via the CRASSH website by the closing date.
How to apply:
To access the online system, register on the right.  Applications should include the following:  (Please note that If you send any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application).

  • Curriculum vitae, uploaded as a PDF file.
  • In the field DESCRIPTION: A Proposal for research carried out under the Cambridge strand of the project of no more than 2000 words that provides a detailed explanation of how your existing research profile relates to our project and a plan of how you will develop your future research in relation to our project.
  • A Sample of Writing, uploaded as a PDF in the field indicated, of no more than 10,000 words.  This should be the work that best indicates the candidate’s suitability for this project. The writing sample may be published work, a chapter from the applicant’s thesis, or an unpublished essay/article.
  • Completed form CHRIS 6, Parts 1 & 3 only, uploaded as a PDF in the Additional Material field.
  • The names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with applicant’s work, and who must submit confidential academic references via the online system by the closing date. It is the candidates’ responsibility to ensure that letters of reference are received by the deadline.

Interviews are planned for Tuesday 23 June 2015.
Shortlisted candidates invited for interview will be informed by Wednesday 27 May 2015. We regret that we will only contact shortlisted candidates. Enquiries concerning the work of the project and the specifics of the job role may be directed to Dr Subha Mukherji ( Enquiries concerning the appointments procedure and related matters may be made to the English Faculty Administrator, Ms Marina Ballard ( Information about the application process may be directed to
Please quote reference GG05603 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
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