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The British Institute of Persian Studies is seeking two new Directors to launch a new series of collaborative research projects in the areas of Ancient Iran and Modern Iran for the years 2014-17. Our research strategy is divided into three broad programmes, to which most of the Institute’s income is dedicated; each programme comprises a lead project headed by a Programme Director for a period of three years. Summaries for the three current Programmes can be found below. Prospective candidates should contact the Dr. Lloyd Ridgeon, Chair of the Research Committee, with any questions.

ANCIENT IRAN PROGRAMME

   Should have a good publication record in any period of the pre-Islamic archaeology of the Persianate world;

   Should hold a permanent position in a university or other higher education establishment, museum or research institute in the UK;

   Should ideally have directed or co-directed at least one significant fieldwork project in the Persianate world before;

   Should have a clear vision for a core research programme with a prehistoric or early historic focus, up to the mid-7th century AD at the latest, and submit a research proposal;

   Should be committed to support from the remaining funds other promising research projects, from prehistory to the Sasanian era, without bias for or against any particular period. 

MODERN IRAN PROGRAMME

   Should have a good publication record in any period of Iran from 1501 to the present in the Persianate world;

   Should hold a permanent position in a university or other higher education establishment, museum or research institute in the UK;

   Should have a clear vision for a core research programme with a modern focus, from the 13th century AD onwards, and submit a research proposal;

   Should be committed to supporting from the remaining funds other promising research projects. 

Deadline for applications: 27 July 2014. Please send applications to Research-Committee@BIPS.ac.uk.

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