Ludic Geopolitics – 2 RA posts at Portsmouth and Exeter

Following an ESRC award involving Tara Woodyer (Portsmouth), Sean Carter (Exeter) and Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway) for a project entitled ‘Ludic geopolitics: children’s play, war toys and re-enchantment with the British military’, we are delighted to announce the following opportunities to join the project – two research posts at Portsmouth and Exeter universities respectively. 

For further details on the project please contact the PI Dr Tara Woodyer (tara.woodyer@portsmouth.ac.uk) and see this link which gives a sense of the project. 

Research Associate
University of Portsmouth -Department of Geography, Faculty of Science

Reference: 10009737

Employment type:  Fixed-term contact (two years)

Employment basis:
Full-time
Salary: £24,766 to £27,047

Closing date:  6th November 2013
 


The department wishes to recruit a Research Associate to support the work of Dr Tara Woodyer. This ESRC funded post is available from January 1st 2014 for a period of 24 months and will be based at the University of Portsmouth. The successful applicant will assist in the completion of fieldwork, data analysis and dissemination activities associated with an ESRC-funded research project entitled ‘Ludic Geopolitics: Children’s Play, War Toys and Re-enchantment with the British Military’. Led by the University of Portsmouth, this project is in collaboration with the University of Exeter, Royal Holloway University of London, and the V & A Museum of Childhood.    



The post holder will contribute to trade-based research concerning the British ‘action figure’ toy (broadly 1960s to the present day), undertake qualitative research with toy industry representatives and using trade press, conduct participant observation at toy industry events, and support ethnographic research conducted with children. Working with the rest of the project team (Dr Sean Carter, Exeter, Prof Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway, and an Associate Research Fellow based in Exeter), the post-holder will contribute to project meetings, data analysis, event organisation, presentations and drafting of journal articles and user reports.  



Applicants will possess a relevant postgraduate qualification and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in one or more of the following disciplines: Human Geography (especially Political Geography), Politics, Childhood Studies, or Sociology. They will also possess sufficient knowledge of qualitative research methods and techniques. Knowledge of current academic research relating to one or more of the themes of the project (geopolitical cultures, militarisation, and war play) would be desirable, as would experience of generating qualitative data via archival work, visual and textual analysis, participant observation and/or interviews.  



For further information please contact Tara Woodyer either via e-mail tara.woodyer@port.ac.uk or telephone 023 9284 2510.  

To apply, please visit Vacancies at our website: http://www.port.ac.uk/vacancies/

 

Associate Research Fellow
University of Exeter – Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Ref. No – P45795
Salary: £24,766 up to £26,476 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.

The College wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow to support the work of Dr Sean Carter. This ESRC funded post is available from November 11th 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a period of 24 months and will be based at the Streatham Campus, Exeter.

The successful applicant will assist in the completion of fieldwork, data analysis and dissemination activities associated with an ESRC-funded research project entitled ‘Ludic Geopolitics: Children’s Play, War Toys and Re-enchantment with the British Military’. Led by the University of Portsmouth, this project is in collaboration with the University of Exeter, Royal Holloway University of London, and the V & A Museum of Childhood.

The post holder will contribute to the analysis of geopolitical climates spanning the history of the British ‘action figure’ toy (broadly 1960s to the present day), undertake archival research with the MoC, and conduct museum-based research with the MoC’s travelling exhibition ‘War Games’. Working with the rest of the project team (Dr Tara Woodyer, Portsmouth, Prof Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway, and a Research Fellow based in Portsmouth), the post-holder will contribute to project meetings, data analysis, event organisation, presentations and drafting of journal articles and user reports.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in one or more of the following disciplines: Human Geography (especially Political Geography), International Relations, Politics or History. They will also possess sufficient knowledge of qualitative research methods and techniques. Knowledge of current academic research relating to one or more of the themes of the project (geopolitical cultures, militarisation, and war play) would be desirable, as would experience of generating qualitative data via archival work, visual and textual analysis, participant observation and/or interviews.

For further information please contact Sean Carter, e-mail s.carter@ex.ac.uk or telephone (01392) 724473.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.  

The closing date for completed applications is Sunday 3rd November 2013.

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive about Disabled People’. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

How to apply for this position:

Please send your completed application and equal opportunities form along with your CV, covering letter and the details of three referees, to Kath Buckell, College Administrator  (K.M.Buckell@exeter.ac.uk) quoting the reference number P45795 in any correspondence.

To download the application and equal opportunities form please follow the below links;

 http://www.admin.ex.ac.uk/personnel/jobs/app_form.rtf

 http://www.admin.ex.ac.uk/personnel/jobs/EO_form.rtf    

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