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Research Associate x 3 (Fixed Term)

CRASSH is seeking to appoint three postdoctoral Research Associates to join the ERC-funded project, Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science (based at CRASSH), led by Dr Alexander Marr (History of Art, Cambridge). This five-year project examines notions of unique talent, heightened imagination and extraordinary creativity in art and science by exploring the language, theories, practices and products of ingenium (ingenuity) ca. 1450-ca. 1750. Research in years 1-3 addressed the 'Language of Ingenuity', 'Conceptualizing Ingenuity', and 'Ingenuity in the Making'. The project is now in it's final phase, which is concerned with 'Ingenious Images'.

Duties and Requirements of the Role. The successful applicants will hold a good first degree and a PhD in a field of research directly related to early modern ingenium, which must have been awarded by the start of the post. Research experience with early modern texts and/or archives, and/or visual and material culture is desirable; familiarity with current digital humanities research and technology is desirable; experience in researching, sourcing, and managing digital images in a scholarly context is also highly desirable. Fluency in English and excellent reading proficiency in modern languages relevant to the project's research (German, Dutch, French, Italian or Spanish) are required and reading proficiency in Latin is desirable. Applicants should also provide evidence of their ability to organise and participate in collaborative research initiatives/projects and to present research findings to a scholarly audience. The successful applicants are expected to conduct the majority of their research in Cambridge, but must be willing to travel to European and US libraries and archives where relevant to the project's research/dissemination of research results.

Preferred start date from 1 September 2018 Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2019 in the first instance.

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The closing date for applications is 10 June 2018. Interviews are planned on Monday 2 July 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

Please quote reference VM15516 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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