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The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

The Post-doctoral Research Fellow will develop and conduct research on the ‘Interpreting Perpetrator Voices’ project, supported by Pears Foundation. The Fellow will engage with the ‘Final Account: Third Reich Testimonies’ archival collection, ensuring its wider impact and long-term legacy.  The post is funded for 14 months, in the first instance. 

Using the ‘Final Account’ collection as a starting point or incorporating it into a new or existing wider project, the fellowship will address one or more of the following challenges posed by testimonies from the ‘perpetrator side’: truth, authenticity, and witnessing in accounts from the ‘perpetrator side’ and their reception writing history: new insights into the history of National Socialism, the Holocaust, and their legacies, as well as mass violence elsewhere, both in the past and the present challenges and opportunities for education and public history

The duties and responsibilities of the role are:

To undertake your own research into ‘perpetrator voices’, with a defined research plan To write and prepare for publication journal articles and/or complete a monograph on their own research To prepare and present the findings of research activities to colleagues and wider audiences as relevant.

To assist in the planning, organisation and implementation of seminars, workshops, conferences, public events and other relevant impact activities related to the above projects.

To liaise with the project partners of the ‘Final Account’ archival collection to promote it and ensure its legacy, and to take a lead in developing and running the activities of the UCL Centre for Collective Violence and Genocide Studies, based in the IAS.


Expertise in 20th-century history and/or its representation, with particular reference to one or more areas of Europe during and/or after the Nazi era.

PhD in a relevant subject area (NB the thesis must have been successfully passed and award of PhD confirmed by no later than 18 July 2022 Theoretical expertise and knowledge relevant to analysis of material concerning perpetrators, processes of historical discrimination, and/or oral testimonies Demonstrable interest in/experience of public history, education, or ethics in relation to ‘contested pasts’

Experience of working in a research environment Proven ability to analyse and write about complex material Effective written and verbal communication skills Fluency (written and spoken) in English and a language relevant to the ‘Final Account’ archival collection (predominantly German, but also French, Dutch, and Spanish) Ability and willingness to travel within the UK and overseas for archival research as relevant.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you have any other questions about the post, please contact the IAS Administrator, Catherine Stokes: [email protected].

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

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