University of Exeter

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of History (Cornwall Campus)

AHRC-funded Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow on ‘Connecting Cornwall: Telecommunications, Locality and Work in West Britain, 1870-1918’ (Ref. R06N1779)

This full-time post is available from 2 February 2009 on a fixed-term basis until 31 July 2010

The post forms a key part of a major collaboration between the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus (near Falmouth) and the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum (near Land’s End). Funded by a large award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, ‘Connecting Cornwall’ will explore the social, cultural, geographical and economic aspects of telecommunications in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Cornwall. The project focuses primarily on activities of the cable and wireless telegraphic stations at Porthcurno and Poldhu, and the themes of local impact, technological innovation, employment and health. The postholder will be required to locate, interpret, and help digitally image relevant material in the archives at the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, as well as elsewhere in Cornwall, and in London and Oxford. Working in a team of academic historians, museum professionals and information technologists, the postholder will help disseminate the research in the form of scholarly publications, conference papers, an electronic database and website, a museum exhibition, and educational resources.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in nineteenth and/or twentieth century history with special reference to one or more of the following areas: business, the physical sciences, technology, and medicine. They should have a record of excellent research publications or evidence of strong publishing potential, as well as expertise in producing and processing digital images, and experience of website and museum design. They will be spending most of their time in the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum but will also be required to travel to the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus, as well as make frequent research trips to other archives in Cornwall, and to London and Oxford. They will be required to interact with colleagues working on other sites via webcams and videoconferencing, and will be required to work effectively as part of a team and to tight deadlines.

The University of Exeter is a Founding Partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a multi-million pound initiative aimed at expanding Higher Education opportunities in Cornwall. The new £100 million campus near Falmouth, shared with University College Falmouth opened in September 2004.

The starting salary will be £23,577 to £30,763 per annum subject to knowledge, skills and experience.

Application packs are available from or e-mail: [email protected] quoting reference number R06N1779.

The closing date for completed applications is 7 November 2008 (12 noon).

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer and promotes diversity in its workforce and, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, is particularly keen to consider applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

——————- Dr. Richard Noakes, Lecturer, Department of History, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9EZ United Kingdom

email: [email protected] tel: +44 (0)1326 253759