University of Portsmouth -Department of Geography, Faculty of Science
Employment type: Fixed-term contact (two years)
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.