Research Associate at Seven Stories

Job Title: Research Associate – Collection and Exhibitions

Salary: £24,700 to £28,300 per annum plus substantial training package
Closing date for Applications: 13 August 2015
Interviews to be held 24 August 2015

Full details of the job and application process are available at https://vacancies.ncl.ac.uk/ViewVacancyV2.aspx?enc=mEgrBL4XQK0+ld8aNkwYmBllShm1IJp/PBp3bN1wXZKEcPUzCX6CdOrPHtJG3v8tbu22zQRuqsG9vRYUlE/3wlqKbzQSRiinOx4jhFJPzmbPtX6SztrRe+RcEH8IY24V.

Based within the Collection and Exhibitions Team at Seven Stories, you will lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project to create and embed a research dimension to the development of exhibition concepts and content at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. You will contribute first to the curation of a major temporary exhibition exploring the work of writer Michael Morpurgo (exhibition launching July 2016), and second to the development of concepts for a semi-permanent exhibition, drawing exclusively on material in the Seven Stories Collection, which will tell the story of British children’s books from the 1930s to the present day. Your role will be to research, identify and interpret content, setting it in a wider historical and literary context. A key business objective of the project is to increase visitor income by enabling Seven Stories to extend audience reach and engagement, in particular by appealing to a broader adult audience.

KTP is one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment schemes, http://ktp.innovateuk.org.

Candidates with a PhD in Contemporary Literature, ideally with a specialism in Children’s Literature are preferred. Experience of research in archives including reading and working with visual images is desirable. Suitable candidates with an Masters Degree will be considered.

The position comes with benefits including a £2,500 individual training budget and excellent management training. With the support of academic experts and a KTP Adviser, this is an excellent opportunity which will present an extremely interesting, varied and challenging role providing the potential for career development.

Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s Books (registered charity 1056812) welcomes around 70,000 visitors per annum, to attend exhibitions, learning programmes and events at its visitor centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Its Collection of artwork, archives, manuscripts and books, represents the work of around 200 leading British authors and illustrators, from the 1930s to the present day, and is of national and international significance. For further details see http://www.sevenstories.org.uk.

This position is fixed term for a duration of 15 months.

For further details about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please visit our Research and Enterprise Service web page at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/res/knowledge/ktp/index.htm.

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