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Post-doctoral Research Fellow: GCRF Drugs and (dis)order - Research Coordination and Collaboration

SOAS University of London - Department of Development Studies (DEV)

Location: London
Salary: £36,699 to £43,110 per annum incl. London allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st August 2019
Closes: 22nd September 2019
Job Ref: 001757

Full time (35 hours per week – 1.0 FTE)

This post is fixed-term for 24 months

The role and its responsibilities

The post holder will support the delivery of research and policy-oriented outputs for a GCRF/ESRC funded research project. The project looks at the role of illicit/drug economies in transitions from war to peace in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar. It brings together UK institutions and southern research partners with a view to: a) developing a robust and new evidence base b) strengthening the research capacity of southern partners c) changing prevailing policies towards drugs, development and peacebuilding. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will work closely with the PI to deliver high-quality, comparative and inter-disciplinary research and policy outputs. This post will have a strong coordinating role across the project team.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track-record of writing and editing material for academic and policy audiences, conducting, coordinating and managing research and working in inter-disciplinary and multi-partner research environments. They should have a good understanding of some of the themes underpinning the research – illicit economies, drugs, conflict and peace-building.

This post will be based in the UK but will involve some overseas travel. You will work closely with the SOAS team led by the PI, Professor Jonathan Goodhand, and including other post-doctoral and senior researchers.  The role will also involve developing strong working relationships with the wider project team and collaborating organisations.

There will be opportunities to interact with other researchers in SOAS and you will be encouraged to attend and contribute to relevant research meetings, seminars and training/staff development opportunities within and beyond SOAS.

Skills and experience

The post-holder will require a PhD with experience of working on multi-partner research projects. We would also strongly encourage applicants with experience of working in policy-focussed and/or NGO environments.

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

About the Department

The Department of Development Studies is a world-leading research-led department. Its academics and research students work across a wide spectrum of development-related issues including poverty, inequality, income-generation, agrarian relations, neoliberalism, globalisation, migration, conflict, and environmental sustainability. Its research combines a critical approach to the major development issues and themes of the today, with an in-depth expert knowledge of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Its research is recognised globally for its challenge to development orthodoxies, innovative methods, contribution to cutting-edge theory and debate, and relevance to policy-makers and those planning and managing interventions.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please visit our website to apply online.

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing: 30 September 2019

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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