Research Assistant in the Department of Digital Humanities


Job description

The Department of Digital Humanities is seeking a part-time research assistant to work with Dr Vita Peacock on the European Research Council Grant SAMCOM. The project investigates how and why people are using monitoring technologies to advance social goods in the comparative contexts of Germany and Britain. Using the perspectives and methods of anthropology, the team is exploring the role that digital monitoring technologies are now playing in the domains of care, health, safety, and citizenship.

The research assistant will work together with the four-person team, to facilitate the communication of the project and its ongoing management. We are looking for a highly organised individual with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both on and offline. The candidate should have previous experience of activities that support the production of funded research, including website management. The successful candidate will work closely with the Principal Investigator as well as independently.

This post will be offered on a part-time (20%FTE), fixed term contract until 30 June 2025.

Key responsibilities

  • Liaise with the project’s internal and external partners  
  • Liaise with research colleagues and support staff on routine matters 
  • Update the project website and social media feeds 
  • Edit and publish network podcasts 
  • Manage and contribute to the production of research reports  
  • Collect, coordinate, and manage data related to the project to the standards required 
  • Coordinate the transcription and/or translation of research interviews 
  • Coordinate project dissemination activities such as workshops 

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.       BA in relevant discipline or equivalent

2.       Excellent written and oral communication skills 

3.       Fluency in English

4.       Experience creating content for social and traditional media

5.       Ability to edit and publish podcasts

6.       Ability to update websites using WordPress CMS 

7.        Experience in data organisation and management 

8.        Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and multitask effectively

Desirable criteria

1.       Experience assisting collaborative research projects 

2.       Experience in research reporting 

3.       Ability to design posters  

4.       Experience organising research workshops 

5.       An interest in anthropology and/or surveillance 

6.       German language skills 

Further information

CVs alone will not be considered as part of the selection process. You must also include a supporting statement which demonstrates how your qualifications, experience and skills meet the requirements of the role. 

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