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Alwaleed Early Career Teaching and Research Fellow – Contemporary Muslim Societies in Southeast Asia
Vacancy Ref: : 053050 Closing Date : 07-Oct-2020
Contact Person : Tom Lea Contact Number :
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The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint a Fellow in Contemporary Muslim societies in Southeast Asia to implement its research activities and contribute to its teaching and outreach programme, to commence on 5th January 2021.

The Fellow will conduct research in connection to Islamist political actors and/or Muslim movements in contemporary Southeast Asia. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates who demonstrate expertise in conducting comparative research in different countries and who engage with the wider international/transnational dynamics of the Muslim world.

The Fellow will undertake course organisation and teaching as part of a new MSc programme on the Globalised Muslim World which is scheduled to run for the first time in the 2021/22 academic year. The Fellow will also develop her/his own research on contemporary Muslim societies in Southeast Asia and contribute directly to the research activities and outreach programme of the Alwaleed Centre.

This is a full-time position, on a 2-year fixed-term non-renewable basis. This post would be ideal for a recent PhD graduate. The purpose of this post is to provide a career opportunity for a person recently qualified to PhD level in a relevant subject. Therefore, the contract is limited to 2 years.

Salary scale is Grade UE07, £33,797 to £40,322 per annum.
Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on 7th October, 2020

Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of Mr Tom Lea, Alwaleed Centre General Manager, to

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to addressing an equalities, diversity and inclusion agenda.

1. Job Details

Job title: Alwaleed Early Career Teaching and Research Fellow: Contemporary Muslim Societies in Southeast Asia
School/Unit: LLC – The Alwaleed Centre
Line manager: Director of the Alwaleed Centre

2. Job Purpose

This two-year fixed term appointment is ideal for an early career scholar with a PhD in a relevant subject obtained within the last 3 years. The Fellow will contribute to the development of the Centre’s research profile as well as to its teaching and outreach activities. The Fellow will undertake course organisation and teaching as part of the Alwaleed Centre’s new MSc Globalised Muslim World programme, as well as contribute to teaching and supervision in other departments as appropriate. The Fellow will work with the Centre’s Director on a research project investigating interactions between Muslim societies in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The Fellow will also develop her/his own research on contemporary Muslim societies in Southeast Asia.

3. Main Responsibilities and percentage of workload

The post holder is expected to:

  1. Undertake course organisation and teaching in the MSc Globalised Muslim World, and set and mark assignments and examinations (30%).
  2. Contribute to the project on interactions between Muslim societies in Southeast Asia and the Middle East led by the Director of the Centre (30%)
  3. Undertake research leading to publication and contributing to the research activities of the Centre (30%)
  4. Undertake administrative and outreach activities at the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre (10%)

4. Planning and Organising

The postholder is expected to:

• Organise and carry out their work supervised by their line manager
• Liaise closely with other colleagues within the Centre and other relevant departments
• Contribute to research projects as part of the Centre team
• Develop and carry out a plan for specific research and grant applications

5. Problem Solving

The postholder is expected to:

• Liaise with staff to resolve student issues and matters relating to course administration
• Improve teaching practice
• Help and advise students as appropriate
• Identify gaps in knowledge and searching information to fill these
• Use professional expertise and exercise good judgement of possibilities and risks

6. Decision Making

The postholder is expected to:

• Be responsible for running their teaching commitments on a day-to-day basis and for decisions involved in so doing
• Demonstrate autonomous decision-making in consultation with the Centre’s Director
• Provide specialist advice and recommendations to support effective decision-making
• Participate in team meetings within the Centre to determine future priorities and activities

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

• Director of the Centre and the members associated with the Centre
• Support staff in Teaching and Student Support Offices.
• Academic units across the university

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• A recent PhD on a relevant topic
• Evidence of quality research outputs
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent time management skills
• Ability to work as part of a team and to communicate well with students
• Ability to design and deliver course materials and assess student performance, including online
• Ability to work to deadlines and to prioritise tasks and conflicting deadlines


• Qualification in teaching or training
• Relevant experience of teaching in this field
• Administrative experience of course organisation
• Social sciences or area studies background
• Knowledge of a relevant regional language
• Ability and willingness to travel internationally, potentially at short notice
• Experience of working with (new) media

9. Dimensions

The postholder will be a member of the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

10. Job Context and any other relevant information

Teaching and Academic Careers

Training and support on department- and course-specific procedures will be provided. In addition, the School also offers a number of events on various aspects of learning and teaching throughout the year.

Further information on the University’s project on Teaching and Academic Careers can be found at the following link:

This is a full-time position, on a 2-year fixed-term non-renewable basis.

This post would be ideal for a recent PhD graduate. The purpose of this post is to provide a career opportunity for a person recently qualified to PhD level in a relevant subject. Therefore, the contract is limited to 2 years.

Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of Mr Tom Lea, Alwaleed Centre General Manager, to

The HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World is an interdisciplinary centre of the University of Edinburgh most closely associated to the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre is committed to encouraging a better understanding of contemporary Islam and the globalised Muslim world through ground-breaking research and innovative outreach projects. The Edinburgh Centre is part of a unique network of Centres at prestigious universities around the world; four in the UK and the USA (Edinburgh, Cambridge, Harvard, Georgetown) and two in the Middle East (Cairo and Beirut). For more information visit:

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to addressing an equalities, diversity and inclusion agenda.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 7th October, 2020.

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Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,797 to £40,322 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

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