The University of Reading Museums and Special Collections is inviting applications for the John and Griselda Lewis Postdoctoral Fellowship starting in March 2019.

The University of Reading is a public university located in Reading, Berkshire, England. It was founded as a University of Oxford extension college in 1892 as University College, Reading. It has four major campuses both in the United Kingdom and internationally.

John Lewis (1912-1996) was one of the most influential figures in the study of printed ephemera, who combined his role as a lecturer in graphic design at the Royal College of Art with the authorship of several publications on printing and book design.

Project details

  • The role of the fellow will be to complete in draft a project funding bid focused on the John and Griselda Lewis Collection, to be submitted to one of the UK Research Councils.
  • They are seeking an exceptional postdoctoral researcher with an ability to exploit this opportunity to build on the legacy of the Lewis’s pioneering work in relation to the history and development of type and letter forms. They will have a demonstrable interest in printing history, ephemera or the history of typographic design and preferably a strong track record of archival and collections research experience in a relevant area.
  • The successful candidate will be part of the University’s growing interdisciplinary community of scholars working with its distinctive collections and will be supported and advised by colleagues from the Departments of Typography and Graphic Communication, the Department of English Literature, and the HCIC (Heritage and Creativity Institute for Collections). The Fellowship will be based at the University Museums and Special Collections Services.

Worth of Award

The Fellowship is available from March 2019, or a mutually agreed date and for a period of up to 12 months (they estimate this would equate to 2-3 months full time equivalent) and will attract a stipend of £5,000.

Eligibility

  • They are seeking an exceptional postdoctoral researcher with an ability to exploit this opportunity to build on the legacy of the Lewis’s pioneering work in relation to the history and development of type and letterforms.
  • The applicants will have a demonstrable interest in printing history, ephemera or the history of typographic design and preferably a strong track record of archival and collections research experience in a relevant area.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit:

  •  A CV
  • Written proposal (of up to 1,500 words) indicating how you would approach this project and apportion time to developing the bid and other related research.
  • Applicants should also ensure that references have been provided by two referees by the submission date
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that references reach Kate Arnold-Forster ([email protected]) by the closing date of 28th February 2019.
  • References should be submitted by email, with the applicant’s name added clearly to the subject line.
  • Applicants should ensure that referees are familiar with the content of their proposal and are able to comment directly on their ability to deliver the work outlined.

Deadline: Application closes 28th February, 2019.

 

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