24/02/2017
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Post-doc position within the ERC Starting Grant Project “Narrating the Mesh.”

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Ghent University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Communication sciencesJournalism
    Language sciencesLinguistics
    Language sciencesPhilology
    Psychological sciencesPsychology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    05/06/2017 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Gent
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Last application date: Jun 05, 2017 23:59
Department: LW07 - Department of Literary Studies
Contract: Limited duration
Occupancy rate: 100%
Vacancy Type: Research staff

Job description

We invite applications for a post-doc position within the ERC Starting Grant Project “Narrating the Mesh.” The envisioned start date is 1 October 2017, but a later date can be negotiated. The initial contract will be for two years, with the possibility of renewal up to four years in total. The position includes an internationally competitive salary and social security coverage.

Profile of the candidate

Project background

The “mesh” is Timothy Morton’s metaphor for the interrelation between humans and a large gamut of “nonhuman” realities, from the bacteria in our guts to macro-entities such as climate change. “Narrating the Mesh” (NARMESH in short) is a multidisciplinary research project interrogating contemporary narrative and its potential for staging, challenging, and expanding the human imagination of the nonhuman. How can narrative, in both literary fiction and oral storytelling, capture the ways in which humans are dependent upon the climate or the geological history of our planet? How can we narrativize entities that elude the human scale? How can stories undercut anthropocentric ideologies and foster a sense of respectful coexistence with realities beyond the human?

NARMESH addresses these questions by bringing together literary studies, narrative theory, and narrative approaches in the social sciences. The 1.1-million-euro project is funded by the European Research Council and based at Ghent University in Belgium, whose Literary Studies department hosts a wide range of innovative research projects, including two other ERC grants. The Principal Investigator is Marco Caracciolo (marco.caracciolo@ugent.be), who is Assistant Professor in English and Literary Theory at UGent.

The team will include the PI, a post-doc, two PhD students, and two student assistants.

Applicants are encouraged to visit http://www.narmesh.ugent.be/about.htmlfor further details on the project, including the submitted proposal.

Job profile

The post-doc will focus on oral narratives of personal experience. He or she will have a track record of research in fields such as sociolinguistics, social psychology, or ethnography, and specific expertise in qualitative research and narrative interview methods. Ideally, the candidate will have an interest in—and basic knowledge of—key questions and methods in literary scholarship. Additional expertise in quantitative research is desirable.

The post-doc will carry out a series of interviews in an English-speaking context. The details of the interviews, such as location, methodology, and choice of participants, will be defined by the post-doc in collaboration with the PI. The objective is to study how participants relate episodes of their lives in which they experienced a connection with the nonhuman world, and later to compare these oral narratives to contemporary fiction.

Preliminary time line

5 June 2017: Application deadline
19 June: Shortlisting is complete, applicants are notified of the result
Week of June 26: First round of interviews takes place via video conferencing
Week of July 10: Finalists are invited to UGent
About Ghent University

Ghent University is one of the foremost institutions of higher education in the Low Countries. Every day over 9,000 staff members and 41,000 students strive to realize its motto “Dare to Think.” Ghent University’s mission is to wed high-quality education with internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility.

Ghent University conducts an equal opportunities policy and encourages everyone to apply. Ghent University also strives for a gender balance. Applications from female candidates are thus especially welcome.

How to apply

Applications should consist of the following materials:

CV, with list of publications and contact details for at least two recommendation letters.
Digital copies of university degrees.
Cover letter of maximum 2,000 words, detailing (1) how the applicant’s expertise and past work contribute to the overall goals of NARMESH; (2) how they would go about eliciting personal narratives about human-nonhuman interactions in interviews; (3) what methodology they would adopt to analyze such narratives; and (4) how they would conceptualize and investigate the relationship between oral narratives and contemporary fiction. Please address each of these points in the cover letter.
Please send these materials in a PDF file to narmesh@ugent.be, with the following subject line: “*Last name* Application Post-doc position.”

More Information

Web site for additional job details

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Communication sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Language sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Language sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Psychological sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Ghent University
Belgium
Gent
9000
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33

EURAXESS offer ID: 184936
Posting organisation offer ID: 97795

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