Research Associate

Aga Khan University (International) in the UK

The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (‘the Institute’) based in London, United Kingdom is looking to recruit a Research Associate for its European Research Council-funded Digital Humanities project (KITAB). The incumbent will undertake and support work on a corpus of Arabic texts within the project and will also engage in bibliographic research on Arabic books. The responsibilities of the role will also involve project coordination and administrative work to support the Principal Investigator (PI) in effective delivery of the project’s objectives. The role is initially offered for a duration of 3 years, with a possibility for extension subject to availability of funding.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake and support work on a corpus of Arabic texts; including annotation of texts
  • Bibliographic research relating to the Arabic textual tradition and related fields
  • Act as project coordinator and liaise with all participants, including subcontractors, partners, and users
  • Organise group meetings with participants, as required, take notes and follow up on action items
  • Provide general administrative support to the PI
  • Draft correspondence including funding applications, if required
  • Assist with tracking expenses for the grant

Required skills, knowledge and experience

  • MA or PhD in Humanities or social sciences or a subject relevant to the KITAB project
  • Proficiency in reading Arabic
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in related work
  • Excellent organisation and numeracy skills with ability to work on budgets
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office packages including MS Word, Excel and project management tools
  • Willingness to learn new skills to support development of the project
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English

To Apply

Interested candidates should send their CV and completed application form to by 4th April 2018. Application form available through AKU-ISMC Vacancies Page: Research Associate  

Note: Due to the large number of applications expected, we will only contact candidates short-listed for interview. If you have not heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, please presume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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