Research Associate: Pluralist Agreement and Constitutional Transformation (PACT), the Quill Project

Research Associate: Pluralist Agreement and Constitutional Transformation (PACT), the Quill Project

Salary: Grade 7 1-3: £36,024- £38,205 per annum

Start date: As soon as possible


About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a 12-month full-time, fixed-term research appointment, with a core focus on the constitutional history and development of India. The appointee will work as part of the Quill Project team in Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

Quill is a digital humanities research project based in Pembroke College, Pembroke Square, and the Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford. Its online platform is designed to model the negotiation of texts within formal processes such as parliamentary-style debates. The work of the project includes the digitization and transcription of archival material, editing, analysing, and modelling the process of negotiation, and communicating the results of that research to a wide variety of audiences.

To date Quill has had a particular focus on the founding documents of the United States, but in 2022, the History Faculty was awarded funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to apply the Quill methodology and technology to the drafting of the Constitution of India.

This post is part of a collaboration with SOAS.

The successful applicant will manage their own independent academic research and administrative activities in the area of Indian Constitutional Law. This will involve small-scale project management to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines. They will represent the research network at external meetings/seminars; carry out collaborative projects with colleagues at partner institutions, including SOAS and the National Law School of India, and add relevant introductory material and annotations to the Quill PACT collection.

About you

You will hold a doctorate in a relevant field or evidence that a doctorate is close to completion, together with relevant experience. You will also possess an excellent academic track record, with outstanding written communication skills, evidenced in publications, reports, and other academic writing, and an up-to-date knowledge of the Indian Constitution. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary, international team is essential. Experience working with archival materials in a digital context and assisting with an editing, metadata, or annotation project would be desirable.

Application process

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Lauren Davis Jarnach, PACT project manager and senior documentary editor, at . All practical and procedural queries should be sent to our recruitments team: All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.

As part of the online application process, you should provide a supporting statement setting out how you meet the selection criteria, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees.

Only applications submitted online and received before noon Wednesday 17th January 2024 will be considered.

Please note that you will receive an automated email from our online recruitment portal to confirm receipt of your application. Please check your spam/junk mail if you do not receive this email. You may also receive updates on the status of your application via the same means.

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