Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (The Psychic Life of the Poor) (Full-time)

Salary: £31,076 - £32,928 per annum (pro rata)

This full-time post is offered from 1 January 2018 (or as soon as possible after this date), for a fixed term of 6 months.

Following the award of a research grant from the AHRC, the Faculty of English Language and Literature invites applications for the post of Research Assistant to contribute to the project ‘The Psychic Life of the Poor: A City Unseen in Mumbai, London and New York’. This examines the institution of psychoanalysis in its inadequate engagements with urban poverty, race, and migrancy, as seen in the specific context of six global cities (Mumbai, London, and New York primarily, with references in the Mumbai chapter to Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi).

The postholder will be responsible for carrying out research on behalf of the PI, Professor Ankhi Mukherjee, in the archives of the Wellcome Library and the London Clinic of Psychoanalysis, and for carrying out independent research which will lead to a publication in this area. They will also be required to assist in the organisation and leadership of two graduate workshops, and in arranging a major international conference to be held in Oxford in June 2018.

Applicants should possess a doctorate in English literature or a related discipline (which must have been awarded by the time the individual takes up the post), and should have expertise in interdisciplinary humanities scholarship involving the history of medicine and/or psychoanalysis; experience of working on printed sources and in researching these sources in archives as well as online; and a high level of organisational and administrative skills.

Further particulars (which all applicants must consult) are available online at:

Applications (which should include a CV and supporting statement) should be made online by 12 noon on Wednesday 30 August 2017. In addition, applicants should request two referees to send their letters of reference by this date to  

Interviews will be held in Oxford on Wednesday 14 September 2017. 

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