Vacancies and Opportunities

Research Assistant

Job Reference : 00755

Closing Date : 26/03/2017

Salary : £29,783 to £31,406 per annum

Employment Type : Fixed Term

Hours Per week : 35 hours per week

The Warburg Institute (part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London) are now recruiting for a full time, one year Research Assistant for the BIAS Project. The BIAS project, led by Professor Manos Tsakiris, is funded by the NOMIS Foundation and hosted at the Warburg Institute. The post will start on 1st May 2017 or soon thereafter. 

The Role 

The main aim of the Research Assistant post is to assist in the timely development of the research conducted as part of the BIAS Project. You will undertake research including data collection and analysis and lab management and will contribute to the organisation of dissemination activities (e.g. workshop and seminars) and overall assistance to the activities of the BIAS team. 

“Body & Image in Arts & Sciences Project” (BIAS)

The BIAS project aims at addressing timely research questions at the intersection of sciences and humanities with a particular focus on the biological mechanisms and cultural factors that shape our relations to other people in a culture powered by images. The research aims will be addressed by a range of research activities, including experimental work, seminars, workshops, conferences, and, involving a network of international research partners in humanities, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.

The ideal candidate must have academic qualifications (BSc, MSc in Psychology and/or Cognitive Neuroscience). He/she will have access to a newly-formed psychophysiology laboratory at the Warburg Institute, and will assist mainly with participant recruitment, data collection, data analysis and preparation of scientific publications, presentations and the digital dissemination of the key findings and activities. 

The Warburg Institute 

The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. Initially concerned with the survival of classical antiquity in Renaissance art, its range swiftly expanded. It is dedicated to the history of ideas, the dissemination and transformations of images in society, and the relationship between images, art and their texts and subtexts, of all epochs and across the globe. As its motto - Mnemosyne - and its Library make clear, it was the forerunner of current concerns both with memory and material culture.

Founded by Aby Warburg in Hamburg at the end of the nineteenth century and exiled from Germany in 1933, the Warburg Library was initially concerned with the survival of classical antiquity in Renaissance art but its range swiftly expanded. It attracted the greatest humanist scholars and philosophers of the time - from Erwin Panofsky and Edgar Wind to Ernst Cassirer and Walter Benjamin - and became one of the leading centres in Germany for the understanding of the interactions between images and society across time and space. It transformed the histories of art, literature, and music, and in emphasizing fields such as astrology and magic anticipated many of the developments in the modern understanding of the history of science.

The post will start on 1st May 2017 or soon thereafter. 

Further Information 

To apply for this role, please click here and submit, in one document, your CV and Covering letter where you explain how your research experience to date meets the essential and desirable criteria for this post. The role closes at midnight on Sunday, 26 March 2017. 

Interviews are due to take place on Wednesday, 5 April and Thursday, 6 April 2017 and candidates are recommended to have availability. 

Further Particulars 2017;  Research Assistant, BIAS project - JD ;  


Warburg Library Fellowship Travel Grants 

Job Reference : 00726

Closing Date : 31/03/2017

Salary : Fixed sum of £1,000

Employment Type : Fellowship - Stipendiary

Department : School of Advanced Study

Division : The Warburg Institute (WI)

Hours Per week : Not Specified

About the Library

A research library providing support for students, academics and a national and international scholarly community, the Library is open-access and consists of around 370,000 volumes, which are arranged thematically in a unique subject-order designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research. There are four main divisions:

Action: social and political history
Orientation: religion, history of science and philosophy
Word: literature, books, libraries and education
Image: history of art including classical art and archaeology.

Sub-divisions include for example the history of festivals and pageantry, the idea of Empire, historiography; the history of cosmology and astrology and their pictorial expression; ritual and myth, papacy, liturgy and religious orders; Platonic and Aristotelian traditions and Islamic and Judaic philosophy; theory of language and literature, emblematics, medieval Greek and Latin and neo-Latin literature, the reception of classical literature, classical and medieval themes in literature; Greek and Roman art and post-classical art to c. 1800, with special emphasis on iconography and the survival of ancient art; early Christian and Byzantine art (first floor and basement). There are c. 2,500 runs of periodicals, about half of them current. The electronic resources are currently expanding.

Warburg Library Travel Grants 

The Warburg Library is a research library providing support for students, academics and a national and international scholarly community.

The collection, arranged thematically in a unique subject-order designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research, makes it an essential resource for the history of the classical tradition in the Middle Ages and Early modern time and Renaissance studies.

Short-Term Library Fellowships are available to scholars at all levels and all nationalities, including PhD candidates. The stipend will be a fixed sum of £1,000. 

Recipients will be required to attend the Library daily (Monday to Friday) for the duration of their award, where they will be allocated a desk, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and focus their research on the Library’s collections. Fellows will also have access to resources available in the University of London, including the Senate House Library, the Institute of Historical Research and Institute of Classical Studies libraries, and the London library.

Please note: Persons living in London or nearby (less than 70 miles) will not be considered for the award of a Fellowship. 

Method of application

Applications will be reviewed by the Warburg Librarian, members of the Warburg Library staff and the Warburg Institute Deputy Director for Research. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, 1 May 2017 and will have up to one year to use their award. They must submit a brief report upon the completion of their visit.

To apply, please send the following by clicking here:

·         A personal statement describing how the library collections will be beneficial to the applicant’s research (no more than one page)

·         Current curriculum vitae

·         Letter of recommendation from an academic advisor if the applicant is a student

·         Applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address

The close date for this role is midnight on Friday, 31 March 2017.  If you have any queries, please contact the Recruitment team on 

Note: Successful candidates will not be employees of the University of London but will receive the stipend of £1000 to cover travel and expenses. 


The Fritz Saxl Doctoral Studentship

The Warburg Institute invites enquiries and applications for the award of the Fritz Saxl Doctoral Studentship for the period from October 2017 to September 2020.  

Applications are welcome from candidates of any nationality. Applicants should possess, or be about to receive, an MA degree or equivalent. The Fritz Saxl Studentship will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic performance, the quality of the research proposal and promise of scholarly excellence.

The Fritz Saxl Studentship has been established to support an outstanding PhD applicant who wishes to conduct their research at the Warburg Institute and has applied to register for a PhD at the Institute.  The successful applicant will have an outstanding research proposal and a genuine and demonstrable interest in being supervised by a member of the Warburg Institute faculty.  The award will be made for entry in Autumn 2017 and will include:

The full payment of tuition fees at Home/EU levels (worth up to £6,240 per year at 2017/18 rates) for three years.

A maintenance stipend worth £16,000 at 2017/18 rates for a period of three years.

The Warburg Institute offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:

Art History, visual and material culture

Cultural and Intellectual History

Humanism and the history of scholarship

Renaissance philosophy and the history and transmission of ideas

History of Science

History of the Book

Arabic and Islamic influences in Europe

Folk Practice

Further information about the Institute, staff and research interests and current PhD topics can be found at


Applicants for the Fritz Saxl Doctoral Studentship must have submitted an application for registration as a PhD student at the Warburg Institute to commence in October 2017.  The Fritz Saxl Doctoral Studentship is only open to new applicants for a PhD and not for continuing PhD students.

How to apply

There is no application form. Applications should be made by signed and dated letter addressed to Ms C E Charlton, Associate Director (Administration), The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB.  Your letter of application should contain a clear and comprehensive statement setting out your reasons for applying for the Studentship and a copy of your research proposal should be supplied with the letter. You should also indicate clearly in your on line PhD application form that it is your intention to apply for the Fritz Saxl Studentship.

Candidates must submit their application for the award of a Fritz Saxl Studentship at the same time as they submit their application for registration as a PhD student at the Warburg Institute.  Applications must be submitted by no later than 23 June 2017.


LAHP Studentships

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership has up to 80 cross-institutional studentships per year available for postgraduate research students studying arts and humanities disciplines at King’s College London, School of Advanced Study (Warburg Insitute et al) or University College London. Your research topic must be within the subject areas covered by the AHRC.
Subject to availability, these awards will cover:
    •    Tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate
    •    Annual maintenance grant or allowance (stipend)
    •    LAHP has a limited number of full awards (fees and stipend) for EU students designated `fees-only’ by the AHRC

: the deadline has now closed for 2017.