Freelance Early Career Researchers Network Convenors

£1,000 fixed fee
1 - 2 hours per week between December 2020 - July 2021
Position Type
The role-holder will work remotely. When we begin in-person events, they will be expected to attend these.
Closing Date
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Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Main Duties

The Paul Mellon Centre (PMC) is looking for two energetic, creative and collegial early career researchers to lead its successful Early Career Researchers Network (ECRN). This one-year freelance role involves putting together an original and stimulating series of research and training events for the network, and fostering an inclusive spirit of scholarly community amongst its many participants. The successful applicants will work closely with the PMC’s ECRN facilitator and with the convenors of the PMC’s partner network, the DRN (the Doctoral Researchers Network).

Organisational responsibilities

• Maintain the network as a thriving platform for sharing research, learning about best professional practice, and developing professional skills

• Develop a varied and responsive events programme to sit alongside the PMC’s academic activities programme

• Liaise with the DRN in developing collaborative events

• Liaise with event speakers

• Attend all network events and manage the events onsite

• Prepare promotional material and publicity for the PMC’s website, including image selection, copyright clearance and copy

Administrative responsibilities

• Recruit and retain new members

• Work to encourage a diverse membership

• Manage the network’s social media channels and internal communications, as well as mailshots

• Liaise between the ECRN facilitator and members to reimburse the latter for travel to network events

• Endeavour to enhance the visibility and scholarly profile of the network

• Manage the membership database and ensure that it is General Data Protection Regulation compliant. Ensure it is kept up to date

• Manage the network mailing list, and ensure that it is GDPR compliant (GDPR training will be provided)

• Maintain the network’s relationship with university departments, museums, galleries and other scholarly and artistic organisations

Skills and Experience

Essential skills and competences:

  • Have completed a PhD on a British art-related topic within the last five years
  • Be researching in the field British art history
  • Ability to self-motivate and to work collaboratively
  • Knowledge of current debates in art history

Desirable skills and competences:

  • Effective database management skills
  • Experience of managing social media accounts
  • Demonstrable experience in organising events
  • Experience of managing the administration of a project
  • Experience creating an events programme