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Collaborative PhD Research Studentship: Chronometry and Chronometers on British Voyages of Exploration, c.1815–c.1872

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    Prof C Withers
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Project Description


Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD: Applications are invited for a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship, held jointly by the University of Edinburgh (Institute of Geography) and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, part of the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Thames Consortium, for research on ‘Chronometry and Chronometers on British Voyages of Exploration, c.1815-c.1872’. The studentship, which is full-time and funded for 3 years, will begin in October 2015 and will be jointly supervised by Dr Richard Dunn (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) and Professor Charles W. J. Withers (University of Edinburgh).

The Studentship: The focus of the PhD will be to examine the ways in which nineteenth-century British voyages of exploration used chronometers in their routine navigation and more specialised expeditionary activities. The aim is to cover the period that saw chronometers becoming standard on naval vessels (by about 1830), but before the advent of more science-based oceanic exploration from the early 1870s, and to explore how on-board practices changed and developed in this period of significant exploratory activity. The project will use archival evidence, the world-leading collections of the National Maritime Museum, and primary material in other leading repositories. The successful student should expect to spend periods of Year 1 and extended amounts of Year 2 in Greenwich and in associated repositories. The student will be integrated into and supported by the research community at the NMM and be part of the UK-wide CDP scheme which provides opportunities for networking, dissemination, and advanced research training.

How to Apply: Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree and a relevant Masters in history of science, history, or geography. You will have experience of relevant research methods (NB: research training is a required element in each year of the studentship). For details on eligibility criteria, including UK residency, applicants should check the AHRC website.

Applicants should submit a summary curriculum vitae (max 2 pages), an example of recent academic writing (e.g., MSc chapter) and a short statement (1 page) outlining your qualification for the studentship, and the names and contact details of two academic referees to: Professor Charles W. J. Withers, Institute of Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP
([Email Address Removed]) by Friday 10 APRIL 2015. (Late applications will not be considered). Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13 May 2015. For further information, contact Professor Charles W. J. Withers (details above), or Dr Richard Dunn ([Email Address Removed]).

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