Student Research Assistant

Position Overview

Student research assistants will form a team to support the creation of a new scholarly edition of William Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost. Students will work with Professor Jonathan P. Lamb to edit the text, create glosses and notes, collate historical editions, research performances of the play, and more. Students will be able to launch their own research projects from their work as research assistants.

Job Description

Creating this edition is a five-year process, which will culminate in 2026. Like a scholarly book, a critical edition requires serious time and effort—hence the yearslong timeline. Not simply a “copy” of the earliest version of Shakespeare’s play, an edition requires a huge amount of research to prepare the text, add glosses, notes, and longer scholarly notes, write the long scholarly introduction, and more.

10% - Student research assistants will work in support of this long-term effort: work to edit the text
10% - Research and document historical editions
15% - Research and document the play’s performance history
25% - Research and document information for glosses and notes
25% - Create an annotated bibliography about the play
15% - Perform other duties as needed

Required Qualifications

  1. Research assistants must be undergraduate or graduate students in English.
  2. Research assistants must have basic computer skills, including searching, navigating a web browser, using Microsoft Word, and inputting information into a database.
  3. Research assistants must be available for group meetings every two weeks.
  4. During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must: 1) have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or 2) be pre-enrolled in upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or 3) be enrolled in summer session or 4) be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Exceptions granted for GRA/GTA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly)

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Research assistants should be interested in William Shakespeare’s plays and willing to learn about the editing process.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes a cover letter and a resume or CV. Apply online and submit a letter describing your qualifications for this position. Only complete applications will be considered.

Contact Information to Applicants

Jonathan P. Lamb,

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

5 hours/week

Anticipated Start Date

Saturday July 1, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  24902BR
  • Department:  English
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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