Durham University

Department of Geography

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Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Post: 005122

(21 February 2017)

The Department of Geography at Durham University wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a period of 24 months. The post is associated with an eight-year research project entitled Hearing the Voice, which is currently supported by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award in Humanities and Social Science. The project is investigating the phenomenon of voice-hearing (hearing a voice in the absence of any speaker). Usually interpreted as a sign of severe mental illness, voice-hearing figures in the experience of a wide range of people, including many who do not seek psychiatric help. Hearing the Voice aims to achieve the fullest possible account of this experience by examining it from a range of perspectives including linguistics, philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry and the medical humanities. The project involves researchers from all three faculties of Durham University, along with clinicians, academics and experts-by-experience from national and international partner institutions.

Working closely with Dr Angela Woods, the Hearing the Voice team and local, national and international collaborator networks, the post-holder’s principal responsibility will be to apply insights and methods from the social sciences to the study of voice-hearing and associated experiences, including studies which are already planned or underway. Applications from researchers with experience in qualitative mental health research, participatory methods, service-user research, phenomenological and/or medical humanities approaches are particularly encouraged. The research fellow will produce high quality publications on voice-hearing and closely related topics, most of which will be interdisciplinary and/or collaborative. He/she will also attend a regular project research group, present papers at project events, and work with several other members of the research team to organize events, co-edit publications, and assist in the development of on-line resources.

The fellow will be associated principally with the GoHWell (Geographies of Health and Wellbeing) research cluster. She/he will also work closely with colleagues based in the Psychology, English and Theology Departments, as well as the Centre for Medical Humanities. Please note that this post will be based within the Caedmon Building at Durham University, alongside other Hearing the Voice colleagues.

This is a fixed-term post tenable for a 24 months full time equivalent from the date of starting. A fractional appointment of at least 50% full time equivalent, tenable for up to 48 months, is possible by negotiation.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Angela Woods, Co-Director, Hearing the Voice.

Email: angela.woods@durham.ac.uk

Closing date: 12:00 noon, 23rd March 2017