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Migration, mortality and medicalisation: investigating the long-run epidemiological consequences of urbanisation 1600-1945.

We are looking for a full time Research Associate to undertake an investigation of the geography and chronology of burial patterns in English parishes between c.1600 and 1870. The project will utilise c.7 million individual burial records collected as part of a Wellcome Trust-funded Senior Investigator award to Prof. Richard Smith. The post-holder will use time series and spatial analyses to evaluate whether the data provide evidence of the progressive endemicisation of infectious diseases. S/he will also utilise a range of other datasets created by the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure on occupational structure, welfare expenditures and transport networks, together with other geographical datasets, to investigate the effects of urbanisation and economic integration on mortality patterns, including seasonality of mortality, in the English population.

The work is funded under a Wellcome Trust-funded Senior Investigator award to Prof. Richard Smith, Migration, mortality and medicalisation: investigating the long-run epidemiological consequences of urbanisation 1600-1945. The post-holder will work under the supervision of the Senior Research Associate Dr. Romola Davenport, in the Department of Geography.

We are seeking an individual with research experience in the fields of quantitative history or historical geography, with expertise in Geographical information Systems (GIS) analysis, and experience of working with large datasets. The candidate must have an excellent command of at least one statistical software package (R, STATA, SPSS or similar), and be willing to deploy a range of statistical approaches. The candidate will be required to take responsibility for the direction and dissemination of the research, and to direct certain of the data management tasks of the Research Associate, Gill Newton. Experience of independent research is an advantage.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr Romola Davenport by email, rjd23@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The post is available immediately, for a one year fixed appointment. Funds are available until 30th September 2019.

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