AHRC-NEH Funded Research Associate Scholarship, Lancaster University, UK

Postdoctoral Position in UK United Kingdom

AHRC-NEH Funded Research Associate: Embark on a transformative journey into the history of the Spanish American Slave Trade with Lancaster University’s Department of History. We are offering a unique opportunity for a talented historian to join our AHRC-NEH funded project, ‘Towards a Digital Archive of the Atlantic Slave Trades: Unlocking the Archives of the South Sea Company.’ Dive deep into archival research, digitization, and interpretation, contributing to a groundbreaking initiative aimed at revolutionizing access to crucial historical materials.

AHRC-NEH Funded Research Associate Scholarship in the History of the Spanish American Slave Trade

Study Area: History of the Spanish American Slave Trade

Location: Lancaster, United Kingdom


  • Hold a doctorate in history with expertise in researching Spanish language historical manuscripts, preferably related to Atlantic slavery.
  • Proficiency in using Handwritten Text Recognition software (e.g., Transkribus), spreadsheets, Omeka-S or Zotero, and text mining software is desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake archival research and contribute to scholarly publications.
  • Strong communication skills and a commitment to collaborative interdisciplinary research.
  • Applicants from Black, Asian, and/or Minority Ethnic backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Description: Lancaster University’s Department of History invites applications for the position of Research Associate in the History of the Spanish American Slave Trade. This full-time, fixed-term appointment for 12 months offers an exciting opportunity to work on the AHRC-NEH funded project aimed at unlocking the archives of the South Sea Company (SSC) and transforming how the Atlantic slave trades are accessed and understood.

As a Research Associate, you will collaborate with an international and interdisciplinary team, including scholars from Rice University and partners from prestigious libraries such as the British Library and the Huntington Library. Your responsibilities will include conducting archival research at the Archivo de Indias in Seville and other relevant archives, digitizing and transcribing materials, and assisting in the creation of an online portal for public access. Additionally, you will contribute to the translation of Spanish documents, generate interpretative content, and participate in scholarly dissemination activities such as conferences and workshops.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for two referees to Dr. Nicholas Radburn via email at n.radburn@lancaster.ac.uk. Please ensure to include “Research Associate Application” in the subject line.

For more information about the position and the Department of History at Lancaster University, visit our website at www.lancaster.ac.uk/history.

Last Date: April 12th, 2024 Apply now to embark on a journey of discovery and contribute to reshaping our understanding of the history of the Spanish American Slave Trade. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this groundbreaking research initiative. Applications close on April 12th, 2024.



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