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Research Associate (Fixed Term)



Research Associate, Grade 7, Salary range £29,301 - £38,183

The University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint up to two Research and Outreach Associates in the Centre of Islamic Studies, to begin in September 2018. The posts are two-year, fixed-term positions.

The successful candidates will each design and conduct independent and original research into themes relating to Islam in the global age. Proposals relating to Islam or Muslim life in Europe and the United Kingdom are particularly welcome. The post-holders will support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in research and public engagement. They 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.

The successful candidate will be expected to apply for additional external research funding.

Alongside their research, a central part of the post-holders' roles will be to generate innovative public engagement activities, in order to spread a critically informed understanding of their topics beyond the Centre. In order to achieve this, they will propose and implement a defined programme of activities in order to raise the profile of their subjects and engage communities beyond the bounds of the University. The post-holders 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 candidates 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.

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.

Applicants should send the following material:

A 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, potential external funders and proposed activities; names and contact information of two referees; and a CHRIS 6 application form (parts 1 and 3 only). Copies of the CHRIS 6 form can be found at

The deadline for applications is midnight on 20 June 2018. It is anticipated that interviews will be held by the end of July 2018.

Informal enquiries and requests for Further Particulars may be addressed to Dr Paul Anderson at the Centre of Islamic Studies:

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Please quote reference VN15312 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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