Assistant Professor in Politics and Islam

Durham University - School of Government and International Affairs

The role:

With interdisciplinary research groups supported by a high calibre academic body, it comes as no surprise that 71% of research coming from the School of Government and International Affairs has been classed as either internationally excellent or world leading – something that has led to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes becoming so sought-after by students. Making the most of this dynamic, you will therefore work collaboratively with our research community in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies to further our knowledge and understanding of the contemporary interaction between politics and Islam. Teaching modules and supporting the studies of our students, you will therefore focus your work on one or more of the following areas: The politics of at least one of the principal Muslim-majority states; the role of major Islamic non-governmental factors; or the international relations of the MENA region, South Asia or South East Asia. Making the most of research leave (potentially one term for every seven worked), your innovative teaching methods and academic endeavours will have the scope to make an international impact and shape our understanding of this intensely complex topic.

You’ll need:

  • A good first degree with a PhD in Politics, International Relations or a similar subject.
  • A clear research focus on politics and Islam, supported by world-class outputs and evidence of these outputs having made an impact beyond your institution.
  • A three year research plan that includes the ability to generate income via research project proposals.
  • Exceptional communication skills with the ability to guide early career researchers and research groups.
  • The confident ability to supervise PhD students.
  • Solid teaching skills, with the ability to adapt content to groups of differing sizes. You will also have (or be able to achieve) HEA status.

Candidates who have recently completed their PhD but don’t have the relevant experience are encouraged to apply for this position at grade 7 if they feel they have the potential to achieve our high standards.


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