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Research and Outreach Associate (Fixed Term)


The University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a Research and Outreach Associate in the Centre of Islamic Studies, to begin in January or February 2018. The post is a two-year, fixed-term position.

The successful candidate will design and conduct original research into into Islamic art, aesthetics and/or material culture. The postholder will support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in research and public engagement. S/he will carry out research at a similar level to that undertaken by lecturing staff; this will provide substantial scope for academic judgement, originality, interpretation and presentation of results. Alongside their research, a central part of the postholder's role will be to generate innovative public engagement activities, in order to spread a critically informed understanding of their topic beyond the Centre. In order to achieve this, s/he will propose and implement a defined programme of activities in order to raise the profile of their subject and engage communities beyond the bounds of the University. Cambridge is currently developing an Islamic art initiative, which aims to generate new research, establish world-leading partnerships with scholars and institutions across the globe, bring Islamic art collections to life for global audiences, and make new discoveries. The post-holder will be expected to engage closely with the academic champions for this initiative and to contribute to its continued growth and development. The postholder may also contribute some teaching in the field of their expertise to the appropriate department/faculty, and may assist in the presentation of seminars.

The successful candidate must have been awarded their PhD or be in the final stages of completion of their PhD by the date of employment. They will demonstrate genuine interest in the work of the Centre of Islamic Studies; and demonstrate outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and flawless spoken and written English. Applicants should have the right to work in the UK. If you do not have the right to work in the UK already, any offer of employment we make to you will be conditional upon you gaining it.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available from January 2018 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list) and a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

CHRIS 6 application form (parts 1 and 3 only) and curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a 3-page research proposal, indicating the contribution of the proposed research to broader scholarly debates, a 2-page schedule of public engagement activities outlining the vision and rationale, and specifying target audiences, partner institutions and proposed activities.

Copies of the CHRIS 6 form can be found at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6/. References will be taken up in advance of interviews unless candidate states otherwise.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 22 October 2017. It is anticipated that interviews will be held by the end of November 2017.

Informal enquiries and requests for Further Particulars may be addressed to Dr Paul Anderson at the Centre of Islamic Studies: cis@cis.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference VN13430 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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