Postdoctoral Research Fellow - LIDC Migration Leadership Team

SOAS University of London - Department of Development Studies - The School of Oriental and African Studies

Salary Range - £35,775 - £38,777 pro rata per annum inclusive of London Allowance
Part time (22 hours per week – 0.60 FTE)
This post is fixed-term until 31 October 2019.

The role and its responsibilities

The School of Oriental and African Studies is appointing a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of the London International Development Centre’s Migration Leadership Team (LIDC-MLT), a research and advisory body supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The LIDC-MLT aims to develop a strategy informing ESRC-AHRC migration and displacement funding that builds on existing achievements, addresses persistent gaps, and speaks to relevance in policy, practice, and/or public engagement and awareness. The project entails extensive engagement with global and national policymakers, practitioners and academics. It seeks to ensure that the strategy is forward looking, anticipating areas in which information is likely to be needed to help frame policy responses and involves key stakeholders to ensure that the Councils' agenda reflects a global consensus.

Skills and experience

The post holder should have a PhD in a social science or humanities field, and must have research expertise related to migration or displacement. He/she must have extensive experience of conducting qualitative research; experience of liaising and networking with high level stakeholders at national and international levels; knowledge and experience of ethical procedures and guidelines in research and of securing ethical clearance for research. Experience in project or programme management and organising and facilitating high level stakeholder events are desirable. The post holder should have strong communication skills, be able to work well both independently and in a group, be able to manage work effectively and to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Further information

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Dr Laura Hammond,

Competitive benefits package

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and additional School closure days (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket and IT equipment
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial support for childcare

To apply for this vacancy or download a job description, please visit 

Closing date:  27 February 2018

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing: 19th March 2018

Please note that it will not be possible for SOAS to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as the pro-rata salary will not meet the minimum threshold set by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.  

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