Postdoctoral Researcher (606)

Postdoctoral Researcher

This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to join the core team of the new Wellcome Trust-funded Investigator Award, SHaME (or Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters). The successful candidate will work on some aspect/s of ‘Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry’.

Salary range
38,594 rising to 44,113
Contract type
Fixed term
Full time
Business Unit (dept)
Department of History, Classics & Archaeology
Closing Date
Ref No

This project, led by Professor Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck), brings together an interdisciplinary team to investigate the medical and psychiatric 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 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. You will send a one-page description of the individual research project you intend to work on if you are appointed.

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. We welcome applications from scholars working in any relevant area, but particularly welcome applications focussing on the global south and Asia

This is a full-time, fixed term post from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2023.


Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £38,594 rising to £44,113 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 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: You are encouraged to look at our website:

If you have technical issues or difficulties using the recruitment portal please contact, providing your name and the job reference number of the position.

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 and pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London.

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

Interview date: 8th June 2020