University of Leeds, Faculty of Arts, School of Humanities, Centre for History & Philosophy of Science

In partnership with the Thackray Museum, Leeds.

AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship

Project: Patently Innovative? Re-interpreting the history of industrial medicine.

University Grade 6, Fixed Term Full Time

Full time, 12 months, starting from 3 October 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Reference Number ARTHM0007

About the post:

The position is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to enable the results on patent history from Professor Graeme Gooday’s previous AHRC research project ‘Owning and Disowning Invention’ to be shared with the Thackray Museum in Leeds. You will work closely with the Museum to enhance its use of patented artefacts in the Museum’s exhibitions, online resources, staff training, educational activities and outreach work. Work undertaken for this post will make a substantive contribution to the Impact of the “Owning and Disowning Invention” for the 2014 REF Exercise.

You will have a BA/Masters in a topic relating to the history of science, technology, and or medicine as well as experience of working in a museum context.

Details of the ‘Owning and Disowning Invention’ project can be found at

For information on the Thackray Museum

University Grade 6 (£24,370 – £29,099 p.a.) Due to funding limitations it is likely that the post will be at a maximum of £25,854

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Graeme Gooday, tel +44 (0)113 343 3274 email [email protected]

Enquiries about the Thackray Museum should be directed to Ms Joanne Bartholomew tel +44 (0)113 2056528 email: [email protected]

Closing date 18 August 2011

Interview are expected to be held w/c 1 September 2011

Job Description

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Deliver project outcomes as specified in the grant application by working in close liaison with Prof Gooday and Joanne Bartholomew, Curator of Exhibitions at Thackray Museum
  • Produce 3 examples of revised object narratives based on the existing research as specified in the grant application
  • Communicate existing project work in patent research to key curatorial staff at Thackray Museum by organising and delivering two training sessions
  • Produce new object research for use in potential exhibitions by applying principles and methodologies from existing research to up to 20 museum objects of potential interest for public display, to be agreed with museum staff
  • Produce 2 documents for online publication targeted at the general public and academic researchers on the significance of patented devices and methods in patent research
  • Organise, deliver and write-up 2 audience consultation events for the general public and medical industry representatives to obtain audience input on the potential interest value of patented technologies
  • Share lessons learned about public engagement and impact by disseminating project outcomes to peer group audiences specified in the grant application, by organising events, delivering presentations, and publishing articles in journals, on Thackray Museum website and in professional newsletters

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