Academic Job: Post-Doctoral Research Associate (OWRI)

Deadline for Applications: July 6, 2016

Job Title : Post Doctoral Research Associate
Company : Durham University
Department : School Of Modern Languages And Cultures
Position Type : Research
Grad 7: £31,656 – £37,768

We are seeking a highly qualified, independent and talented Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join a Durham-based research team, led by Dr Andy Byford and Professor Anoush Ehteshami, contributing to the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) programme titled “Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community” (CLDRC). CLDRC is a large interdisciplinary and multi-institutional project, led by Professor Stephen Hutchings of the University of Manchester and funded by a £4m grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project is delivered by a consortium composed of three core institutions – the University of Manchester, Durham University, and the School of Advanced Studies in London. Each of the partners is responsible for one of the project’s three strands: the multilingual, the transnational, and the translingual, respectively.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post for 2 years. The successful applicant is expected to start on 1st October 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter and no later than 31st January 2017. S/he will be based at Durham University’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC) and will be working under the supervision of Dr Byford on the following research topic.

The Language Border: Russian in Former Soviet Union (FSU) Migration

The project focuses on Russian as a language of transnational interethnic communication in the context of migration from the former Soviet space to the Russian Federation. The successful applicant will be expected to: a) study Russian government regulations regarding language skills for migrants and to follow up on the Russian authorities’ implementation of relevant policies; b) analyse media and online debates concerning the issue of language among FSU migrants in Russia; c) carry out interview-based ethnographic research in Russia, focusing on the migrants’ experiences of and views on Russian as a medium of communication in migration; d) study ethnographically the development of language-related infrastructure targeting migrants, such as Russian language courses and translation agencies.

The successful applicant will be embedded in the CLDRC consortium and is expected to contribute actively to its activities and agenda. During the period of tenure, the Post-Doctoral Research Associate is expected to co-author with Dr Byford a minimum of two high-quality articles on the above topic and to independently disseminate the findings of this research in other ways to academic and non-academic audiences, through further papers, briefing reports, conference presentations, and online materials, such as project blogposts. S/he is also expected to assist Dr Byford in the organisation of any events related to the above research and in the presentation of the outcomes of this research online and through social media. It will be essential for the post-holder to be able to spend time carrying out fieldwork in the Russian Federation and possibly other parts of the Former Soviet Union.

MLAC, where the post-holder will be based, is one of the most successful Schools of Modern Languages and Cultures in the UK. It has a strong research culture, bringing together staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduates in interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations through an evolving structure of research centres and groups, backed up by a university-wide research infrastructure. The School is home to the Russian World Centre, set up in 2013 as a joint project of the Russian World Foundation and Durham University. The Centre’s mission is to serve as a facilitator of interdisciplinary research in Russian Studies and a hub supporting Durham’s educational mission in this area.

Durham University and the CLDRC consortium are both strongly committed to supporting the career development of its postdoctoral researchers. The successful applicant will benefit from ongoing mentorship, additional training and career development courses, some teaching opportunities, active participation in Durham University’s research environment, as well as from direct exposure to the running of a large collaborative research project across the CLDRC consortium.

For more information, and to apply for the position, click here.