Research Assistant/Associate

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Created: October 28, 2012


Job Purpose

To contribute to an RCUK-funded project - Copyright and Risk: Scoping the Wellcome Digital Library Programme - by undertaking a scoping study that establishes the scale and nature of copyright issues in the digitisation of archival collections. Uncertainty over the copyright status of archival material is a major barrier to digitisation and the exploitation of these collections for research and commercial purposes.

Specifically, this project will assess and report upon the implications of adopting a risk-based approach to copyright compliance within a large-scale, multi-partner digitisation initiative. By conducting in-depth interviews with key personnel involved in the establishment of the Wellcome Digital Library programme, as well as an analysis of other cognate digitisation projects, you will make a significant contribution to advancing understanding of the copyright problem for archival digitisation. By contributing to the project's dissemination activities you will help set the agenda in this field for researchers and practitioners alike.

The outcome of this research will help inform a competitive PhD Scholarship from Oct 2013 for which the successful candidate would be eligible to apply.

Salary: Grade 6 £26,004 - £29,249 / Grade 7 £31,948 - £35,938 pro rata per annum
Part Time - 0.75 Full Time Equivalent, 26.25 hours per week

Main Duties and Responsibilities

For appointment at Grade 6:

1. To undertake a literature review relevant to the project

2. To identify and report upon other cognate digitisation initiatives

3. To contact and negotiate access to a sample of respondents for interview

4. To develop, with the research team, interview schedules and to conduct interviews

5. To identify and organise for the transcription of key themes arising from the interviews

6. To work with the research team in its dissemination programme, including presenting one conference paper, co-authoring the final project report as well as any publications arising out of the project

7. To assist with the planning and organisation of a national Copyright and Archives Advocacy Event, in conjunction with the research team and the Wellcome Trust

8. To undertake any other research-related activities relevant to the project as requested by the PI and/or the Co-I

For appointment at Grade 7:

9. To take a leading role in the planning and conduct of the project research

10. To contribute fully to the dissemination programme and enhancing the research profile of the project

11. To identify and develop and external network of key individuals in related projects, activities and organisations

12. To contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, Glasgow 2020 - A Global Vision

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade 6 £26,004 - £29,249 or Grade 7, £31,948 - £35,938 pro rata per annum.

This post is part time: 26.25 hours per week.

Funding available until 31 August 2013.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial)

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