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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The Department of Social Anthropology is pleased to invite applications for a full-time, Research Associate position in the ethics of asylum and non-religion, to begin on 1 October 2021 for a period of 42 months. This is an excellent opportunity to join a vibrant and growing Department at Cambridge.

The successful applicant will join a multi-country research project, 'Religion and its Others in South Asia and the World' (ROSA), funded by the European Research Council, that uses an anthropological approach to investigate the forms in which individuals and communities raise, in the open or in more hidden transcripts, questions over the dominant religious norms in South Asia. The project is led by Professor Jacob Copeman at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and includes a consortium of researchers based at Cambridge, Zurich, Lyon and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle.

The post holder will be expected to manage their own research independently but also to contribute to the joint activities of the project team, the Centre and Department. They will be responsible, in consultation with the PI and local mentor Dr Perveez Mody, for the planning of the research, carrying out data collection (including field research), analysing data, as well as the writing and editing of research publications. The post holder will be required to contribute to seminars, conferences and workshops organised and supported by those involved in the Centre, wider Department and project team.

The applicants will have a PhD in Social Anthropology. They will have experience of carrying out ethnographic fieldwork. They will also have an excellent command of written and spoken English. Fluency in one or more South Asian language would be an advantage - in particular Bengali, Hindi, Urdu or Punjabi. Initiative, motivation, effective teamwork and liaison with other team members and collaborators in the UK and abroad are crucial to the role.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 42 months in the first instance.

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The closing date for applications is: 8 August 2021. Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.

If there are any queries about the application process please contact Faculty HR at

Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Jacob Copeman ( or Dr Perveez Mody (

Please quote reference JB27356 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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