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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Data-driven Libraries)

Vacancy Details

Salary: £32,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 28/05/2018
Date Posted: 11/05/2018
Reference: 01991


Full Time, Fixed Term for 1 year

This exciting postdoctoral position is to establish a new area of collaborative research between the British Library and the Alan Turing Institute, focusing on the modelling of the UK libraries data in order to create a new data-driven understanding of the sector and the new directions for its development.

The post will be based at the Alan Turing Institute at St Pancras, but will also be formally linked to the British Library’s work in this area.

The ideal candidate will be a person that has recently completed a PhD, or awaiting a completion of PhD following submission, and with strong understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodology and methods of data collection and analysis.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.

More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.

 More about the Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Five founding universities – Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick – and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council created The Alan Turing Institute in 2015 as the national institute for data science. In 2017, as a result of a government recommendation, artificial intelligence was added to the Institute’s remit. Eight new universities – Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Queen Mary University of London, Birmingham, Exeter, Bristol, and Southampton – have now also joined the Institute.

The Alan Turing Institute is headquartered in the British Library at St Pancras in London.

Closing date: 28 May 2018

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.

In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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