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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

As a result of a generous donation from the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, invites applications for an Early-Career Postdoctoral Fellowship tenable for four years from 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants should be completing or have recently completed a doctorate and intend to pursue research on one or more of the societies or cultures of the area covered by the Unit (see further particulars) with a preference for the western part of the Mongolian cultural area.

The Early-Career Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to pursue learning and research in their chosen field and publish the results. The Fellow will also be expected to play a full role in the MIASU's research activities, including seminars, workshops, conferences and developing future grant applications. The fellow may also be asked to contribute to the teaching of the Department and Unit.

Candidates should have specialist knowledge of one or more of the societies or cultures of the area covered by the Unit (the Republic of Mongolia, some areas of China [Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang] and Russia [Buryatia, Tuva, Altai, Kalmykia), and the areas of the Himalayan region [including Sikkim, parts of Nepal, and Bhutan]). Preference will be given to candidates with a plan for research on the western part of the Mongolian cultural area.

The salary for the Research Associate starts at £32,816 to £40,322 per annum. If you have not yet received your PhD you will be appointed as a Research Assistant and the salary will be starting at £26,715 to £30,942 per annum until the PhD is awarded. This includes those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded).

Applicants should provide: (i) a curriculum vitae with details of the applicant's education record, any publications and a brief statement of eligibility for this early-career post; (ii) academic transcripts of undergraduate degree and for any higher degrees awarded; (iii) a statement of not more than 1,000 words outlining present and proposed research; (iv) A sample of the candidates writings in the English language of between 10,000 and 20,000 words in length e.g. selected chapters of a doctoral dissertation or publications; (v) the names and contact details of two referees familiar with the applicant's work. The referees of short-listed candidates will be contacted and asked to supply a reference by the end of May 2020.

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The closing date for applications is Wednesday 15 April 2020.

Enquiries may be addressed to: Libby Peachey, MIASU Administrator e-mail:

The selection process will be by interview, and it is anticipated the interviews will take place during the two weeks commencing 1 June 2020.

Please quote reference JB22592 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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