Postdoctoral Researcher on ‘Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry’ (Birkbeck University of London)

Deadline: 01/05/2019

Salary range £37,912 rising to £43,333

Contract type Fixed term

Mode Full time

Grade 7

Business Unit (dept)

Department of History, Classics & Archaeology

Closing date for applicants


Ref No 278


Recruitment Pack - Postdoctoral Researcher.pdf

This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to join the core team of the new Wellcome Trust-funded Investigator Award on ‘Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry’.

This project, led by Professor Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck), brings together an interdisciplinary team to investigate the medical and psychiatry aspects of sexual violence, including rape and sexual abuse. Working in close collaboration with the team, the postdoctoral researcher will undertake research on any aspect of sexual violence that involves the medical and/or psychiatric professions. The Fellow’s research should be linked to at least one of five research streams: medicine and the law or the medical jurisprudence of sexual violence; the role of medical professionals (including police surgeons, FMEs, nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, forensic scientists, and so on); psychiatric classification systems (sexual violence as conceptualized in psychiatric texts); psychiatric aftermaths of abuse; and child sexual abuse.

You will have a background in a relevant social science or humanities discipline such as history, medical humanities, law, sociology, philosophy, political science, psychology, psycho-social studies, or anthropology.

The minimum requirements for selection are a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area, or evidence that the PhD will be completed prior to the start date of the post.

You will be based at the College’s Bloomsbury site, or other Birkbeck campuses or satellite sites in the Greater London area.

This is a full-time, fixed term post from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2023.


Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £37,912 rising to £43,333 per annum.

The salary quoted is on the College's London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area.


Informal enquires on the role can be made by email to Professor Joanna Bourke (PI), Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London:

While we are happy to respond to all informal enquiries, only formal applications through the online system will be considered.

Birkbeck offers a competitive salary & pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements & some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London with access to all its facilities.

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender & cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award, membership of WISE, operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.

Interviews will take place on 18 June 2019.

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