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Researchers - European Research Council Project at Kenyatta University

3 full-time Project Researchers in Humanities/Social Sciences required for a 5-year European Research Council project at Kenyatta University

General Description

This is an exciting opportunity for outstanding, ambitious researchers in the humanities and social sciences to work as part of a large research team on an international Cultural Studies project. The project has received research funding from the European Union.

Three Project Researchers in (1) Public Health, Urban Sociology and/or the Environment; (2) Media and Communications; (3) Education are required to generate data and reports for a European Research Council (ERC) project on ‘The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa, 1880-present’.

This five-year project follows four key themes—colonialism, the environment, sexuality and ethnicity—and examines everyday urban practices in Nairobi and Lagos, with particular attention to the ways in which urban encounters and identities are represented and interpreted through English and local-language categories denoting dirt.

Three teams of researchers—one in the UK, one in Lagos and one in Nairobi—will conduct interviews, gather data, and undertake media studies and content analyses in a variety of urban settings.

The successful candidate for each post described below must be an outstanding researcher with a proven track record of excellence within their discipline.

He/she will require exceptional organisational, communication and research skills, and he/she must be able to meet strict fortnightly project deadlines.

The post brings opportunities for travel and professional training in the UK.

Duration: to be appointed and employed full-time from 1st January 2014 to 31st August 2017, and half-time from 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2018.

Salary range: Details to be discussed during the interviews, second week of January, 2014.

The appointment is for a fixed-term contract for four years full time and one year (Year 5) half time starting 1st February, 2014.

Closing date for applications is 21st December 2013 and successful candidates will be contacted by 30th December 2013.

Contact for the full project description.

Application letters should be sent to the same address.

The European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained in this document.

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