Supporting research and women

1st October 2014

News

Wadham is delighted to announce the appointment of six new Junior Research Fellows, five of whom are women.

  • Clockwise from top left:  Esther Becker, Justine McConnell, Sara Motta, Lydia Gilday, Jasmine Fledderjohann, Jonathan Service

In the sciences, Wadham welcomes Esther Becker (Medical Sciences), Lydia Gilday (Inorganic Chemistry) and Sara Motta (Astrophysics); in the humanities Jasmine Fledderjohann (Social Sciences),  Justine McConnell (Humanities) and Jonathan Service (Japanese Studies). Their research interests range from brain disorders such as autism, black holes, and halogen-bonding for molecular recognition to economic shocks and child health, contemporary African poetics and the transformation of Japanese musical culture.

Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdonald commented: “I’m delighted to offer a warm welcome our new Junior Research Fellows. Wadham College has long been known for internationally acclaimed research, and these new posts are testament to our continuing commitment to outstanding young academics in the early stages of their careers.”

Wadham College is committed to maintaining a vibrant and internationally excellent research and teaching environment. In addition to the new JRF positions the college has three existing JRFs and a number of fixed-term Fellows by Special Election. In making this substantial expansion the College is signalling its support for individual researchers, and its contribution towards the University’s strategic goals in research and teaching.

Wadham College provides a convivial and lively atmosphere conducive to interdisciplinary exchange and support in addition to research support, in the form of funding and contact with a wide range of experienced researchers and lecturers.

Junior Research Fellowships are designed to support career development, primarily through the support of his/her research. JRFs are encouraged to participate in the educational activities of the college through paid tutorial teaching, acting as advisers to graduate students and involvement in admissions.

Wadham College has long been known for internationally acclaimed research, and these new posts are testament to our continuing commitment to outstanding young academics in the early stages of their careers.

Ken Macdonald QC, Warden of Wadham College

Fields of research

Follow the links below to discover more about the exciting research being carried out by our Junior Research Fellows.

Esther’s research focuses on the cerebellum and aims to understand the genetic and molecular mechanisms that lead to brain disorders such as ataxia and autism. Find out more

Lydia's research interests are in the area of supramolecular chemistry and include exploiting halogen-bonding for molecular recognition and anion templation. Find out more

Sara's research focuses on black-holes. She is particularly interested in the physics of accretion around stellar-mass black holes and on the observational evidence of General Relativity effects in the strong-field regime. (Sara will arrive at Wadham in March 2015) Find out more

Jasmine’s research interests lie in the intersection of family demography, health and well-being, and social inequalities. She is currently examining the links between economic shocks, food prices, and maternal and child health in India. Find out more

Justine’s research has focused on the reception of classical literature since the nineteenth century, and her current project explores contemporary African, Afro-Caribbean, and ancient Greek poetics, with a particular focus on the transitions from orality to literature in each. Find out more

Jonathan studies the transformation in musical culture and the evolution of the "soundscape" in Japan during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Find out more