Research Fellow in History
University of Warwick Department of History
United Kingdom

Research Fellow (101376-059) 



Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only




£30,395 - £39,609 per annum


University of Warwick

Vacancy Overview

Full time (36.5 hours per week), fixed term contract for 3 years.


The Warwick University History Department is one of the largest history departments in the UK, with teaching and research notable for its disciplinary range and geographical scope. The Department is comprised of 53 academic staff, 17 postdoctoral staff, 10 support staff, ~1,000 undergraduate students, and ~100 postgraduate students. The Department has a strong international reputation and high rankings in university guides and surveys, and was ranked first in the UK in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the proportion of world-leading research activity (4*) in the Department. The Department is committed to maintaining and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion amongst its staff and student community.


We are seeking to appoint a full-time Research Fellow for the fixed-term period of thirty-six months to conduct research as part of the Wellcome Trust funded project, What’s at Stake in the Fake? Indian Pharmaceuticals, African Markets and Global Health, under the direction of Dr Sarah Hodges.


You will have a first degree or equivalent, a PhD in History, Anthropology or a related field, and experience of conducting archival, oral history and/or ethnographic research. You will have the ability to conduct research in Gujarati and/or Kiswahili. Applicants may be given preference who have research expertise in any of the following areas: Indians in Africa, trade networks, or the history and anthropology of health and medicine.


All applications must be accompanied by a CV and covering letter. Short-listed candidates will be required to provide names of two referees as well as a writing sample (of not more than 10,000 words).


Please direct all informal inquiries to the project PI, Sarah Hodges, at


Interview date: 12 August 2019.

Job Description



To undertake research, administration, and other activities supporting the Wellcome Trust funded project, What’s at Stake in the Fake? Indian Pharmaceuticals, African Markets and Global Health and the Department of History, University of Warwick.




1. To conduct research as part of the Wellcome Trust funded project, What’s at Stake in the Fake? Indian Pharmaceuticals, African Markets and Global Health.


2. To keep in regular contact with the PI on the progress of the research, to attend regular meetings with the PI, and to alert the PIs to any problems that may arise in the conduct of the research.


3. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may reasonably be required by the PI or Head of Department, including attendance at departmental meetings and participation in other committees and working groups within the Department, the Faculty and the University.


4. To engage in continuous professional development, including participation in relevant professional activities.


The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but rather to provide guidance on the main aspects of the post. The post-holder will be required to be flexible in their duties.


Person Specification


The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

An honours degree or equivalent in Anthropology, History or a cognate discipline (a)

Essential Criteria 2

PhD or equivalent in History, or an analogous field (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Ability to carry out high quality anthropological and / or historical research and analysis, both independently and collaboratively (a,c)

Essential Criteria 4

Ability to contribute to the research culture of the Department (a,c)

Essential Criteria 5

Competency in IT and familiarity with a computerised environment (a,c)

Essential Criteria 6

Excellent organisational and time-management skills, particularly with reference to archival research, conference organisation, and public engagement (a,c)

Essential Criteria 7

The ability to work effectively with fellow academics and with other staff as a member of a team (a,c)

Essential Criteria 8

Engaged in continuous professional development (a,c)

Essential Criteria 9

Excellent command of spoken and written English, effective communication skills (a,c)

Essential Criteria 10

Excellent command of spoken and written Gujarati and / or Kiswahili (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 1

High quality research published (or in press) and evidence of other scholarly activity, such as conference presentations and funding applications (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience of event organisation, such as conferences and workshops (a,c)

Further Particulars

The University

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.


The Department of History

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.


The department values diversity, aims to challenge discrimination and promotes equality. We are committed to strengthening our equality and diversity agenda in relation to our community (students and staff), our research, and our curricula. Applications are welcome from under-represented groups, including people who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, women, people with disabilities and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We also strongly encourage those who have studied or worked at post-92 institutions. We welcome all applications that speak to our equality and diversity commitments in regard to the applicant's background and experience and/or the applicant's area of research.


Research Project: What’s at Stake in the Fake? Indian Pharmaceuticals, African Markets and Global Health

Today, the idea that fake drugs threaten global health has become almost common-sensical. Often, these concerns are voiced in relation to how, for example, Africans’ already poor health is further imperilled by fake Indian drugs. Yet when we looked closely at the scientific literature backing up these claims, we found that they were based on unexpectedly weak evidence. This project responds to this puzzle by critically re-examining our collective common-sense about fake drugs and global health. Initial research suggests that, addition to the world of pharmacology, worries about fake drugs may be based in social worlds. When the world’s supply of live-saving drugs is beset by worries about safety, governments and citizens face difficult decisions about how to allocate scarce resources. Our project’s historical and ethnographic enquiries seek to understand the emergence and circulation of worries about fake drugs for global health, as well as to understand these worries’ effects. For further information about the project, please visit the project website at:


Right to work in the UK

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system

please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2.


If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£29,515). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,395 pa).


Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy


As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Other Information

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Closing Date

15 Jul 2019

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