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Grade 7: Salary £29,099 – £35,788 p.a.

The University of Oxford proposes to appoint two full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistants from 1 October 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter for a period of four years.

These are temporary appointments to work on a major research project funded by the European Research Council entitled “From Late Medieval to Early Modern: 13th to 16th Century Islamic Philosophy and Theology” (IMPAcT) under the direction of the Principal Investigator, Dr Judith Pfeiffer. The principal duties of the posts are to contribute to the project and conduct independent research, the details of which can be found in the further particulars (see below).

Applicants should, by the time of appointment, hold or expect to hold a doctorate or equivalent qualifications in Islamic Studies, Middle or Near Eastern Studies or another relevant field of study; have a primary expertise in Islamic philosophy and/or theology or other relevant areas of Islamicate intellectual history, preferably with a focus on the later middle/early modern periods of Islam; have a high command of at least two Islamicate languages from among Arabic, Persian, or Ottoman Turkish, and of two European working languages in addition to English; have experience in or be willing to attend requisite IT training courses; have sufficient palaeographical skills to work with Islamic manuscripts; be able to demonstrate that their research output will be of the highest order; be willing to travel to, and live and carry out research for extended periods in, the Middle East, Europe, and/or North America; and be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a small team.

Informal enquires are encouraged and may be made to Dr Judith Pfeiffer (email:

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

Applicants are also asked to arrange for three letters of reference to reach the faculty by the closing date for applications, which is 12.00 noon on Monday 27 June 2011.

Interviews will be held in Oxford as soon as possible after the closing date and not later than Friday, 15 July 2011. It is expected that all short-listed candidates will be interviewed on the same day, and the interview will include a presentation to the selection committee. All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed, and accommodation will be arranged by the faculty if necessary. Applicants requiring a visa to enter the UK are urged to make visa appointments with the UK Border Agency Visa Services early on to ensure that they are able to travel to Oxford by the time of the interview. For further information, see Should you experience any difficulties using the online application system, please email In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to submit the application material by other means; please direct enquiries to

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