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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £35,211 up to £39,609 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th May 2019
Closes: 31st July 2019
Job Ref: P67492

The above full time post is available 1st October 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter, for a period of 18 months) in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, College of Social Sciences and International Studies (SSIS) at the University of Exeter. 

Summary of the role

Combining world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction the University of Exeter a member of the Russell Group and now have over 19,000 students. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) Exeter was ranked 16th nationally with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. 

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), in which this post is located, has the strongest REF2014 results of any Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department in the UK, establishing Exeter as the leader in the field in terms of research quality, impact and environment. Our international profile as a pioneering and multidisciplinary institute continues to grow. For details: www.exeter.ac.uk/iais

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in “A Sorcerer’s Handbook: Medieval Arabic Magic in Context,” awarded to Dr Emily Selove. This Leverhulme Trust funded post is available 01/10/2019. The successful applicant will transcribe and create draft translations of manuscripts of Sirāj al-Dīn al-Sakkākī’s Arabic grimoire, write scholarly articles about this subject, and aid the PI in editing a co-authored volume of essays about Sakkākī’s work. 

The post will include dealing with Arabic manuscripts, analysing Persian-language translations of and influences on these manuscripts, creating draft translations, writing scholarly research articles and presenting conference presentations related to these manuscripts and their contents, co-editing a volume of essays, and participating in an interdisciplinary workshop. 

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events. 

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in medieval Arabic literature, history, culture, or science, and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. 

The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will be able to read Arabic and Persian with near-fluent proficiency, navigate Arabic manuscripts and catalogues, develop original research questions, and work collaboratively with the PI. 

Applications must completed online through: 

  • an accurately completed online form
  • A single PDF attachment, consisting of a CV (maximum 4 pages), a letter of application (maximum 2 pages) and a project proposal (maximum 2 pages).

The project proposal should demonstrate how your prior experience will allow you to undertake the proposed work as well as your plans for developing research questions, essays, and presentations related to the work of the project. 

For further information please contact Emily Selove, e-mail e.selove@exeter.ac.uk.

The closing date for completed applications is July 31, 2019. Interviews are expected to take place on September 02, 2019.

   
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