Research Associate in the Department of International Development

King's College London

Job id: 068286. Salary: £41,386 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 05 June 2023. Closing date: 11 June 2023.

Business unit: Social Science & Public Policy. Department: Department of International Development.

Contact details:Professor Jelke Boesten. [email protected]

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Research.

Job description

The Research Associate will work on an ESRC-funded project Visual and Embodied Methodologies (VEM) for Imaging Intersectional Gender-Based Violence. The aim of the project is the exploration and use of VEM in and for the social sciences.  

The Research Associate is expected to work with the research team on the realisation of four work packages across different aspects of gender-based violence. This will involve the conceptualisation of VEM in working with young people, including students, migrants in London, policymakers, and artists. In addition, the RA is expected to contribute to the development of several research papers, including a book, at least one exhibition, and a PGR training package.

The RA must have a PhD in the social sciences or humanities and have experience with the arts as method, both in person as well as online. They must have knowledge of and sensitivity towards intersecting forms of oppression and gender-based violence.

The RA is directly responsible to the project lead, Professor Jelke Boesten, and will be part of a wider interdisciplinary research team including Prof Cathy McIlwaine, Prof Rachel Kerr, Dr Suzanne Hall, and a project administrator.

While the RA will be based in the Department of International Development, they will be affiliated with the VEM Network, an inter-departmental network of social scientists interested in and/or using arts-based methods, led by the above team.

This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract until 30 June 2025.

Key responsibilities

  • Liaise with research team to develop a work plan 
  • Work with research participants to develop co-productions of knowledge
  • Help create arts-based processes and outputs in collaboration with the Arts Cabinet and the Science Gallery, both online and in person 
  • Co-write journal articles and a book 
  • Co-develop a VEM toolkit 
  • Co-develop a doctoral training package 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria  

1.       PhD in the Social Sciences or Humanities 

2.       Experience with visual and embodied methodologies in the social sciences 

3.       Experience with digital ethnography 

4.       Ability to communicate and work with young people, including students 

5.       Sensitivity towards and understanding of intersecting inequalities 

6.       Sensitivity towards and understanding of gender-based violence 

7.       Ability to work as part of a team 

Desirable criteria

1.       Experience with public engagement/impact activities;  

2.       Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively; 

3.       Experience networking nationally and internationally; 

4.       Experience with project administration 

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.

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