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The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on 'Museum affordances: activating West African ethnographic archives and collections through experimental museology', a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, led by Professor Paul Basu (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), Dr Chris Wingfield, and Professor Nicholas Thomas. The three-year project, which commences in 2018, is particularly focussed on collections made by the anthropologist Northcote Whitridge Thomas (1868-1936) in southern Nigeria and Sierra Leone between 1909 and 1915. For further detail, see https://re-entanglements.net.

Candidates should hold a PhD in Anthropology, Museum Studies, Art History, History or a related discipline. Prior experience of working with ethnographic collections and archives, research experience in Nigeria, and competence in a relevant Nigerian language (e.g. Igbo or Edo) would be highly advantageous. Candidates should be self-motivated, organised and able to work effectively as a member of a team. The post-holder, to be based in Cambridge, will be expected to conduct collections-based research at one or more of the project's partner institutions, undertake ethnographic fieldwork in Nigeria, contribute to the project's exhibition and public engagement programme, liaise with other team members and project partners around the organization of linked workshops, exhibitions and public engagement activities, and undertake other related tasks as required. They will also be encouraged to develop their own research interests within the scope of the project. Strong computer skills are essential.

This is a fixed-term appointment for the duration of the project only and will terminate on 31 December 2020.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries about this vacancy and queries about the application process may be addressed to the Museum Administrator on wmb24@cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 14 March 2018. It is anticipated that short-listed candidates will be interviewed on Thursday 22 March 2018.

Please quote reference JU14554 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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