The Paul Mellon Centre is a small organisation committed to hiring and nurturing excellent people. Professional opportunities are listed here.

The Paul Mellon Centre (PMC) is looking for two energetic, creative and collegial doctoral students to lead its successful Doctoral Researchers Network (DRN). This one-year role involves putting together an original and stimulating series of research and training events for the DRN, and fostering an inclusive spirit of scholarly community amongst its many participants. The successful applicants will work closely with the with the convenors of the PMC’s Early Careers Researchers Network (ECRN), and the Director’s Assistant who acts as facilitator to the DRN and ECRN.

Applicants should be prepared to commit approximately 1–2 hours per week, and in addition will be expected to attend DRN activities and events. Applicants can be based anywhere in the UK.

There is a fixed fee of £1,000 for each of the two freelancers for the duration of the role which is 12 months from October 2020 to September 2021. There will also be pre-agreed travel expenses for this role.

Person Specification


  • Be studying for a PhD on a British art-related topic, of any period (including the fields of fine art/architecture/visual culture/film & media)
  • Evidence of an entrepreneurial approach to research
  • Ability to self-motivate and to work collaboratively
  • Knowledge of current debates in art history


  • Effective database management skills
  • Experience of managing social media accounts
  • Demonstrable experience in organising events
  • Experience of managing the administration of a project
  • Experience creating an events programme

Application Process

Download and complete the application form at the bottom of this page. Please email your completed application form to recruitment@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk.


Queries about the role can be sent to Bryony Botwright-Rance at bbotwright-rance@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 12pm, Friday 25 September 2020.


Interviews will be held week commencing 28 September 2020.