Now recruiting a Post-doctoral Fellow

This full time, fixed term post (24 months) will be based at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris.


In keeping with the scientific objectives of CHROMOTOPE which explores the literary and artistic impact of the 19th century ‘chromatic turn’ brought about by the invention of aniline dyes, the researcher chosen for this position will investigate the key role played by the CNAM alongside similar institutions, like the Gobelin Dye Works, in the way the new synthetic colours were named, taught and experienced by the actors of the expanding textile industry across Europe. The reception of these new colours in the press and fashion world will also be of interest to the Fellow.

While he/she will primarily work on the documentary archives of the CNAM and the related collections of the Musée des Arts et Métiers, the Fellow will be required to travel to other key institutions in France and abroad for his/her research. He/She will join an existing interdisciplinary team of international researchers with whom he/she will liaise regularly. The candidate will also be expected to communicate his/her results widely to academic and non-academic audiences and co-organise 5 seminar sessions at Sorbonne Université and at the CNAM.

Required documents:

1. Cover letter in English addressed to the project’s principal investigator (Charlotte Ribeyrol) explaining the candidate’s interest in the project and presenting what skills he/she will contribute to ensure its successful completion
2. CV containing detailed information about the candidate’s academic career, including:
– publications
– participation in or organization of conferences and seminars
– experience of working with an interdisciplinary team and/or for a major research project (if applicable)
3. A copy of the document confirming the doctoral degree (or evidence of its imminent completion – date of viva, composition of committee etc.)
4. A copy of one significant publication
5. The names and email addresses of three referees (national and international)

Selection criteria:

1. A doctoral degree to be completed before October 2021
2. A specialist knowledge of colour history, and/or the industrial history of the 19th century
3. Excellent communication skills
4. Experience in student and/or public engagement
5. Excellent written and spoken English, proficiency in French and if possible, German
6. A scholarly record of research publications
7. High level of organisational skills and of time management

Terms and conditions of employment:

– workplace: Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Paris)
– start date: October 2021
– type of contract: full-time, fixed term contract (24 months)
– salary: approx. 29,000 euros, depending on the experience of the candidate

Selection process:

The required documents should be submitted electronically to the email address of the project as well as to its PI, Charlotte Ribeyrol: and mentioning ‘Application for Post-doctoral position’ in the object of the email.

All documents should be submitted by May 9, 2021.

Required documents should be attached in PDF format. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Candidates will be informed by email of the outcome of their application by May 30, 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in interviews held in Paris or remotely in early July 2021.

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