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Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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Reference:TG2572 

Opportunity type:Fixed-term, Part-time 

Working hours:28.8 hours per week 

Salary:£26,485 per annum (i.e pro rata to the full-time equivalent of £33,106 per annum) 

Location:London - Tate Britain, Millbank 

Closing date:29 January 2020 at 17:00 

This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled researcher and project manager to support a team working across three Independent Research Organisations to deliver a ground-breaking research project. Provisional Semantics: Addressing the challenges of representing multiple perspectives within an evolving digitised national collection focuses on how museums and heritage organisations can engage in decolonising practices to produce search terms, catalogue entries and interpretations fit for purpose for an evolving digitised national collection. The project is a collaboration between Tate, The National Trust (NT), the Imperial War Museum (IWM) and the Decolonising Arts Institute (DAI) at the University of the Arts London. It is one of eight Foundational Projects that have been funded under the ambitious UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund Programme Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World that is exploring what is needed to create a digitised ‘national’ collection.

As part of Tate’s Learning and Research division, you will provide full project management support for the project and be key to its successful delivery. The role is multifaceted as you will work with the research team to convene and deliver the series of workshops and the study day that are key to the three case studies at Tate, the NT and the IWM. You will also undertake a literature and practice review to map and compare key historic developments and current debates regarding decolonising and diversification initiatives in heritage organisations, archives and libraries and contribute to the final ‘state of the art’ report.

The role will involve being the co-ordinator and first point of contact for the project, liaising with project partners, monitoring and updating budgets, compiling reports, supporting project planning, and producing material to communicate the project to people both within and outside of Tate.

You will be highly organised with a methodical approach to prioritising and coordinating tasks. Your relevant expertise, excellent research and project management skills and professional approach in dealing with colleagues within and outside of the organisation will ensure that you can deliver the highest standards of support.

To be successful in this role you will have proven administrative and project management experience and a relevant postgraduate degree (or demonstrable equivalent experience). You will also have a grasp of the debates relating to the decolonising of museums, libraries and archives and knowledge and experience of working with collections and the cataloguing of collections.
Numerate, articulate and computer literate, your flexible approach and ability to work collaboratively will be supported by strong communication, organisational and time management skills as well as excellent attention to detail.

Fundamentally you will enjoy contributing to and supporting the work of a team of researchers, utilising your skills and knowledge to ensure the successful delivery of a high-profile research project.

At Tate, we value and respect all differences (seen and unseen) in people. We strive for inclusive working practices and spaces that reflects the communities we serve, ensuring all opportunities are accessible, voices are heard and considered, and contribute to our future. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups within our organisation, in particular BAME and disabled candidates.

Many of our staff work flexibly and we will consider all requests for flexible working reasonably.

This position is offered on a fixed-term contract of 18 months

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