Post-Doctoral Researcher (Part time, fixed term)

Part Time: 28 hours/week (80%FTE)

Fixed Term: Two year, fixed term

Salary: £23,746 for 28 hours/week (FTE £29,683)

Plus: 3% pension contribution and other benefits

Location: Leeds city centre: The Henry Moore Institute

This is an excellent opportunity that will enable a recent PhD graduate or Early Career Researcher to gain experience in a thriving cultural and research institution, as well as the opportunity to develop their own research portfolio in a supportive and well established research environment.  We particularly welcome applications from black and ethnic minority candidates who are under-represented within the organisation.

The successful candidate will be a pro-active and knowledgable post-doctoral researcher, whose expertise in the histories of sculpture will complement that of the Henry Moore Institute’s current Research Team and will form a key element of our public programme. Candidates will be able to demonstrate a range of research, writing and communication skills, and will be comfortable working both as part of the Research Team and independently. A current institutional affiliation is not necessary for this post.

The candidate will be based within the Henry Moore Institute’s Research Team, and will contribute to the development and delivery of our public programme of exhibitions, lectures, conferences and seminars.  The candidate will be expected to deliver a specific research project within the two-year term relating to the post-holder’s area of specialism, which we anticipate will form part of the Institute’s public programme.  The candidate will make full use of the resources available in the Institute’s Sculpture Research Library and Archives, and the Leeds Sculpture Collection.  It is expected that the candidate’s project will engage with under-represented areas of research, expanding both academic and non-specialist understanding of the histories of sculpture.

Our successful candidate will have completed or be due to submit a PhD in Art History or a related subject.  They will have a detailed knowledge of sculpture and its histories and will demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusivity.  They will have excellent organisation and communication skills and a good level of IT skills.  They will be able to organise their workload and remain calm under pressure.

If you are excited by this opportunity and, having read the job specification, you have the skills and experience to meet the requirements of the role, we would be pleased to receive an application from you along with a complete research proposal including the project rationale, timescale and research schedule which should be submitted with the application form. Proposals should detail both the project outcomes and expected legacies in the form of publications, grant applications or research networks.

A recruitment pack, equal opportunities monitoring form and application form are available on our website: .  For an informal discussion about this research opportunity, you are welcome to contact Dr Clare O’Dowd at the Henry Moore Institute (Leeds) (

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 10am, Friday 11 November 2022

INTERVIEWS: Thursday 24 November 2022 at The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

We are an equal opportunities employer.

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