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Research Associate (Fixed Term)


The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Sanskrit Studies. This is a fixed term post of two years. The post will be funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Grant from September 2022 until August 2024.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work in the research team of the Leverhulme-funded project "An Intellectual History of Late Vedanta (1750-1900)" under the direction of Professor Vincenzo Vergiani. This project, which began in September 2021, is the first large-scale investigation of the late history (1750-1900) of Advaita Vedanta, a long-lived and influential tradition of Sanskrit philosophical theology whose development has continued up to this day in India. It combines the philological analysis of selected manuscript sources and editions with a historiographical approach in order to reconstruct the scholarly networks sustaining the late production and circulation of Advaita Vedanta works and ideas, and identify its key figures, centres of learning, and topics of speculation and debate.

Key activities associated with the role include:

  • contribute to the survey of late Advaita Vedanta works undertaken in the project and input data into the project's database of works and authors;
  • participate in the project team's readings of late Advaita Vedanta works;
  • read and transcribe manuscripts;
  • conduct independent research on one or more prominent late Advaita Vedanta scholars, and publish this in the form of academic papers in peer-reviewed journals

Applicants must have:

  • A PhD in the field of Sanskrit Studies.
  • Expertise in Sanskrit Sastric literature, preferably in the field of Vedanta.
  • Expertise in Indian philosophy and in South Asian intellectual history generally.
  • Basic IT skills (Microsoft Office etc.) and the ability to acquire other technical skills quickly where necessary.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills, including initiative and ability to maintain a high level of research productivity.
  • A demonstrable commitment to working in a team.
  • Knowledge of modern Indian languages (Neo-Indo-Aryan and/or Dravidian) and some familiarity with the social history of the region would be an advantage

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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Please upload a CV, Covering Letter and the contact details of two referees. For further information on how to apply, please see the Further Particular document below.

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Monday 13 December 2021. We expect to hold interviews in the week commencing 10th January 2022 (subject to change). Please quote reference GU28900 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Molly Carrick at sahhr@admin.cam.ac.uk. For any questions about the role and the project, please contact Professor Vincenzo Vergiani on vv234@cam.ac.uk.

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