Job Opportunity: Research Fellow in European Crime Fiction at Queen’s University, Belfast

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Research Fellow

Queen’s University Belfast – School of Arts, English and Languages

The Research Fellow will be an active member of the European-funded project “DETECt: Detecting Transcultural Identity in European Popular Crime Narratives”, by assisting in the development of research proposals and the planning and delivery of the research activity within a specified area so that the overall research objectives of the project/school are met.

The successful candidate will form part of a cross-disciplinary research team working with staff in Film, English, French and Geography.

The post relates primarily to the Work Packages “Creative Industries” and “Creative Audiences”, one of eight sections of the project, specifically focusing on the study of the production, distribution and consumption practices of European crime narratives in the fields of the film and television industries.

Working alongside thirty post-doctoral and experienced researchers hosted at the other twelve partner universities, the post holder will be expected to provide quantitative and qualitative data, data and textual analyses to be used in the project publications and online outputs.

The researcher may use or acquire their skills in data visualisation to produce maps and graphs to be included in the project portal, reports and research outputs. The post holder will also contribute to dissemination activities including the organisation of workshops, screenings and other public events, as well as supervision of the project social media account.

This post is available until 31 July 2021.

Assuming that popular culture plays a decisive role in circulating representations that constitute a shared cultural asset for large sectors of the European society, DETECt examines examples of crime fiction, film and TV dramas from 1989 to present, to learn how mobility strategies such as co-production, serialisation, translation, adaptation, distribution, and more, have influenced the transnational dissemination of European popular culture. Researching the contemporary history of the crime genre in Europe, DETECt aims to identify the practices of production, distribution and consumption that are best suited to facilitate the emergence of engaging representations of Europe’s enormously rich, plural and cross-cultural identity. The knowledge acquired through a detailed research programme will be used in cultural, learning and public engagement initiatives designed to prompt the elaboration of new transnational formats for the European creative industries. These activities will profit from a set of experimental research and learning resources and innovative collaborative tools, aggregated and organised on DETECt Web portal.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD.
  • At least 3 years’ relevant research experience
  • Research experience on European film and media industries
  • Demonstrable experience of data collection and analysis using Microsoft Excel/various other techniques
  • Sufficiently relevant understanding and demonstrable application of both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Ability to contribute to broader management and administrative processes
  • Contribute to consortium research by links with industry, community groups etc.

Further information about the School can be found at

Anticipated interview date: Monday 11 February 2019

Salary: £33,199 per annum

Closing date: Tuesday 8 January 2019

For full criteria and to apply online, visit

You must clearly demonstrate how you are meeting the criteria on your application.

For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN.

Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.

It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.


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