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Location:   London
Salary:   £33,748 to £39,800 p.a inclusive of London Allowance
Hours:   Full Time
Contract Type:   Contract / Temporary


Placed on: 9th July 2015
Closes: 6th August 2015
Job Ref: 000857

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Near and Middle East Department

Fixed Term until September 2018


Seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to work as part of the ‘Re/presenting Islam on campus’ project, a major three year research project funded by AHRC and ESRC, based in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures and the Centre of Islamic Studies led by Professor Alison Scott-Baumann. This appointment will commence on 1 October 2015 or shortly thereafter.

You will be required to have a good understanding of one or more of the key research areas in the study of contemporary Islam, and Islam in Britain: Islam with regards to gender, interreligious understanding and radicalization; together with understanding the range and scope of Islamic Studies as taught on UK university campuses and in Islamic colleges. This is a complex and volatile area: media outlets are saturated with discussions about Islam, the research field has become highly politicized and the higher education sector is coming under unprecedented pressure.

The work therefore requires skilled research underpinned by a good understanding of how to see beyond ideologies and stereotypes and collect useful data in an atmosphere of collegiality and trust and following ethical guidelines. This in turn requires excellent working knowledge of appropriate research methods and relevant software. The post holder will work closely with a multi-site team and will also be expected to undertake fieldwork at 8 campuses in England, Scotland and Wales.  Research impact will be measured and recorded from the outset by the PDR who will also facilitate prompt production of outputs during the project and at the end, in the form of books, academic papers and data visualization artefacts.

In addition to project management, the research post involves applying qualitative and quantitative research methods to a range of interventions, including questionnaires, focus groups and interviews. Statistical competence and knowledge of relevant software will be required, for data collection.

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Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held during week commencing: 31 August 2015

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