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Vacancy: Political Science and International Affairs (John Cabot University, Rome)

Full-time tenure track faculty position in Political Science and International Affairs.
John Cabot University, a four year, fully-accredited American liberal arts college in Rome, Italy, invites applications for a full-time faculty position in political science and international affairs at the assistant or associate professor rank. We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in Political Science, demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, commitment to academic service, and interested in the development of programs in a growing department.

The ideal candidate will be expected to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in international relations and global public policy with a load of three courses per semester. Ability to teach classes in American politics and foreign policy is an asset.

The ideal candidate should have extensive experience in the American liberal arts educational tradition. The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of tenure.  Candidates are expected to be fluent in English, which is the language of instruction. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcript, three letters of recommendation, one or two research papers or journal publications, and evidence of teaching excellence to: politicalSciSearch@johncabot.edu. John Cabot University is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2017. Only short-listed applicants will be notified.


Vacancies: John Cabot University - Rome

The John Cabot University, based in Rome, has opened the following positions in the field of political science:

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
John Cabot University, a four year, fully-accredited American liberal arts college in Rome, Italy, invites applications for a full-time faculty position in political science and international affairs at the assistant professor rank. We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in Political Science, demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, and commitment to academic service.
The ideal candidate will be expected to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in international relations and global public policy with a load of three courses per semester. Ability to teach classes in American politics and foreign policy is an asset.
The candidate should be a graduate of an American university or have extensive experience in the American liberal arts educational tradition. The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of tenure.  Candidates are expected to be fluent in English, which is the language of instruction. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcript, three letters of recommendation, one or two research papers or journal publications, and evidence of teaching excellence to: politicalSciSearch@johncabot.edu. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2015. Only short-listed applicants will be notified.

Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
John Cabot University, a four year, fully-accredited American liberal arts college in Rome, Italy, invites applications for a visiting faculty position in political science and international affairs at the assistant or associate professor rank. We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in Political Science, demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, and commitment to academic service. The candidate will be expected to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in political science and international relations. The ideal candidate should be a graduate of an American university or have experience in the American liberal arts educational tradition. The search is open to all subfields.
The appointment is for one year, from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Candidates are expected to be fluent in English, which is the language of instruction and have permission to work in the EU. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, one or two research papers or journal publications, and evidence of teaching excellence to: plsearchvisiting@johncabot.edu. The position will remain open until filled. Only short-listed applicants will be notified.



Ph.d. and post-doc fellowships - University of Oslo

Ph.d. and post-doc fellowships at the University of Oslo, Norway:

1. Two Doctoral research fellowships in Politics and Society in the Middle East http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1207849/62042?iso=no

2. Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship - Ideological and cultural development in the Middle East after ca 1850 http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1207979/62042?iso=no

3. Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the study of central aspects of the development of Islam as a religious tradition http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1207991/62042?iso=no

4. Doctoral research fellowship in Semitic Studies with emphasis on language, religion and societal changes http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1207899/62042?iso=no


Vacancy: Post-Docs at ELIAMEP

The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) is seeking four postdoctoral researchers to work with Dr. Effie Fokas and a 16-member broader research team on the ERC (European Research Council) funded research project entitled 'Directions in Religious Pluralism in Europe: Examining Grassroots Mobilisations in Europe in the Shadow of European Court of Human Rights Religious Freedom Jurisprudence' (GRASSROOTSMOBILISE). Each postdoctoral researcher will undertake one country-based case study (on the cases of Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey). The 5-year-long project began on 1 January 2014, and the postdoctoral researchers are required for two years, from early January 2015 to end 2016.


Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey, respectively, with quarterly to bi-annual research meetings in Athens


The role of postdoctoral researcher will entail, amongst other things: preparation of a background report on religion-state relations in the national context, and on religious freedom issues in the courts at the national level; preparation of a database on media coverage of mobilisations related to religion in the national context; conducting of qualitative interview-based fieldwork research in selected research locale(s) in the country; assisting the drafting of proposals for related parallel projects; drafting of project reports based on the fieldwork; and authoring (and co-authoring, where applicable) of articles and books based on the research.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated capacity for teamwork and the ability to work independently and to take initiative. They will be encouraged to be active members of the research team in proposing and taking the lead in new areas for research.


1. PhD in political science, law, religious studies, social anthropology or sociology (awarded after January 2008 and before January 2015).

2. Strong organisational, research and writing skills; previous interdisciplinary research experience in the areas of religion, law and human rights will be beneficial

3. Previous experience in applying for grants is of advantage

4. Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and in the language of the country study undertaken


Applications should include a cover letter in English including a detailed statement of research interests, a CV, and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Please also send an electronic copy of PhD thesis or a relevant writing sample (published or unpublished), in English; these will be treated confidentially. Send application via email, with GRASSROOTSMOBILISE Postdoctoral Researcher and the relevant country in subject line, to: grassrootsmobilise@eliamep.gr

Oral interviews will be conducted in the shortlisting process in Athens and via telephone or skype as needed.


Vacancies: Coventry University

We are looking to recruit four full-time permanent contract postdoctoral research associates to work on the 'Clash Narratives in Context: Uncovering the Social and Cultural Drivers of Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates' project within the newly created University Research Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. We welcome applications from experienced, enthusiastic and creative humanities and social science early career researchers.

This large scale multidisciplinary project will build an empirical and theoretical understanding of what social and cultural factors have driven, and are currently driving, the narrative in the public domain that there is a necessary clash between religious belief and belonging and acceptance of evolutionary science. It will employ four intersecting approaches: qualitative social science field research; oral history, historical and media discourse analysis; social psychology experimental research; and a large scale quantitative survey of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation in the UK and Canada.

Post 1: Qualitative Social Sciences Research Associate

Post 2: History, Philosophy or Social Studies of Science Research Associate

Post 3: Social/Experimental or Psychology Postdoctoral Research Associate

Post 4: Quantitative social studies Postdoctoral Research Associate

Closing date: 28th April 2014

Interviews: 6th-9th May 2014

We are looking to recruit an experienced three-year research assistant to assist with the overall delivery, communication and management of the project.

Post 5: Project Research Assistant

Closing date: 28th April 2014

Interviews: 6th-9th May 2014

We are also looking to recruit two PhD studentships exploring contemporary debates surrounding ‘science and religion’ by undertaking relevant research in:

PhD 1: Social Sciences/Humanities;

PhD 2: Social/Experimental Psychology.

Closing date: 25 April 2014.

Interviews in May 2014.

In addition the university will offer two competitive two-year postdoctoral follow on research positions dependent on the successful submission of PhD thesis within three years/by September 2017 to enable successful PhD students to be retained and develop further as early career professionals in this field of research.

Coventry University will lead this 3-year research project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust in partnership with York University (Canada) and National Life Stories at the British Library and British Science Association. The research team is led by Principal Investigators Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry) and Prof. Bernard Lightman (York, Canada), and Co-Investigators Dr Carola Leicht (Coventry) and Dr Rebecca Catto (Coventry). The project will commence 1st October 2014.

Applicants should apply online, making explicit reference to how they meet the person specification provided. Specific questions can be directed to Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker by email only (Fern.Elsdon-Baker@coventry.ac.uk)


Vacancy: Post-doctoral Position - Religion and Politics in the EU


This is a call for applications for one full-time post-doctoral position in European studies and politology of religion, based at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The researcher will work in the framework of a project funded by the Belgian scientific agency (FNRS), under the supervision of the principal investigator François Foret. Prospective candidates are hereby invited to submit their application as described below. The deadline for submitting applications is 15/5/2014, for a start on the 1/7/2014.

Presentation of the project "Importing God, exporting secularism? How the European Union deals with religion"

The European Union is commonly presented as an exceptionally "godless" part of a world where religion still matters very much. However, under external pressures (from diplomatic crises to migrations), the EU would have to take religion back in by entering a post-secular era. The project aims at discussing these assumptions. The purpose is to see whether the resurgence of religion on the European agenda is internally- or externally-driven, what are its incentives and outcomes. Three working packages investigate the notion of European secularism; and how this European secularism is challenged from outside and within two EU policy sectors, foreign affairs and immigration.

Workloads linked to the post-doctoral mandate will include various contributions to the project, among others: state of the art of the debate about European secularism and « multiple modernities »; organizational analysis of political and policy structures of the EU dealing with migration and foreign affairs; interviews with civil servants, political representatives and members of civil society; management of online surveys; supervision of parliamentary debates and qualitative case studies.

The post-doc will be considered as a full member of the team and will co-sign some publications in peer-reviewed supports. He/she will have to fulfil the requirements but will also have opportunities for self-development in order to prepare subsequent steps in a scientific career. Experience in teaching will be considered. Management and communication tasks are also included.

Work environment and conditions The research will be developed at the Centre d'étude de la vie politique (CEVIPOL), the main political science research unit of the ULB, and at the Institut d'études européennes (IEE), one of the oldest Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence in Europe. It will rely on a supportive interdisciplinary environment made of political scientists, internationalists, lawyers and historians working on European integration and interactions between religion and politics. The post-doc will evolve in a dynamic international network of collaboration with other universities (Cambridge, Georgetown, Geneva…). Travels and short research stays may be included in the activities. The hired person will have an office and relevant resources at the IEE-ULB. Living in Brussels for the two years period is required. The working contract will be managed by the university according to Belgian standards, in the conditions defined by the FNRS.

Following these conditions, "postdoctoral researchers must hold, since at the most 7 years on the date of the hiring, a doctoral academic degree obtained after the defense of a thesis". The successful candidate must be in "international mobility", meaning that he/she should not have lived or worked in Belgium more than 24 months in the last three years. According to the experience of the candidate, the net salary will be around 2200 euros per month plus social security.

Your Profile: - Ph.D. in political science or a directly related field (international relations, sociology…) with a focus on religion and politics - Proved expertise in EU politics at doctoral level - Strong record in qualitative research and fieldwork (interviews, observation, documentary analysis…). Quantitative skills are an extra asset. - Experience with working in an international environment - Very good command of English and preferably French - Ability to work in a team, to meet deadlines and to combine autonomy with respect of guidelines

How to apply The candidate will be selected on the basis of the quality of his/her CV, research achievements, motivation and congruence with the project. The following application documents are to be consolidated into a single PDF file sent per email to: Michela Arcarese (marcarese@ulb.ac.be) - a one-page motivation letter explaining the candidate's interest in collaborating to the project - a curriculum vitae listing all academic qualifications, relevant research experience and previous publications - name, mail and phone number of three referees to be contacted if necessary - a copy of the PhD and master diploma The position is for two years, from July 2014 to end of June 2016.

A phone or face-to-face interview may be organized if necessary Applications are welcome till 15/5/2014. Short-listed candidates will be informed in the second half of May and the final decision will be taken in early June. For further inquiries, please contact Prof. François Foret (fforet@ulb.ac.be).


Vacancy: Research Associate in Islamic Studies

The University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a Research Associate in the Centre of Islamic Studies. Start date by mutual agreement but no later than October 2014. The post is a two-year, fixed-term position.

The successful candidate will design and conduct original research into Islam or Muslims in the UK or Europe. The postholder will support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. S/he will carry out research at a similar level to that undertaken by lecturing staff; this will provide substantial scope for academic judgement, originality, interpretation and presentation of results. The postholder will work with colleagues in the Centre of Islamic Studies and beyond to contribute to the Centre's public engagement activities, and to spread a critically informed understanding of their research topic beyond the Academy.

Applicants should hold a PhD or be about to complete one (applicants must hold a PhD by the date of interview). They will demonstrate genuine interest in the work of the Centre of Islamic Studies; and demonstrate outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and flawless spoken and written English. Applicants should have the right to work in the UK.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications should include a CHRIS 6 application form (parts 1 and 3 only) and curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a 3-page research proposal, indicating the contribution of the proposed research to broader scholarly debates, and envisaged publication outputs. Applicants should also send a schedule of public education and outreach activities as part of their application, explaining how their research will inform these.

Applications should be sent to Professor Yasir Suleiman, Centre of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, or by email tocis@cis.cam.ac.uk

Copies of the CHRIS 6 form can be found at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6/. References will be taken up in advance of interviews unless candidate states otherwise.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 3 March 2014.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held in March or April 2014.

Informal enquiries and requests for Further Particulars may be addressed to Professor Yasir Suleiman or Dr Paul Anderson at the Centre of Islamic Studies: cis@cis.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference VN02646 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


Fellowships: Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS)

Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Research Fellowships for 2014 – 2015, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS)

These Fellowships are offered to support research in any area of the arts, humanities or social sciences that has relevance to the study of Islam or the Muslim world, particularly anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, law, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology.

• Applicants would normally be scholars or writers at the postdoctoral or equivalent level, but senior researchers are also eligible.

Deadline for applications 6 December 2013. Information http://www.oxcis.ac.uk/ and at http://www.oxcis.ac.uk/fellowships.html.


Vacancy: Director, Muslim Studies Program (Michigan SU)

Office of International Studies and Programs Michigan State University

Director, Muslim Studies Program

Position Description

Michigan State University's Office of International Studies and Programs (ISP) seeks applications for a Director of MSU's Muslim Studies Program to begin spring or fall 2014. MSP is a cross-college and cross-regional program that promotes a large and diverse set of research and educational operations. MSP involves faculty from across the university, including but not limited to the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Social Science, James Madison College, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. Unlike Middle East Studies programs, MSP is distinguished by its geographic breadth with respect to associated curricula, research, and outreach. Reflecting MSU's overall commitment to internationalization, MSP facilitates academic and programmatic excellence and linkages between the Muslim world and MSU's faculty, students, other educators, non-governmental organizations, the media, and state and regional leaders in government and business. For more information on MSP, see: http://muslimstudies.isp.msu.edu/

Qualified applicants must: (1) be an advanced Associate Professor or a full Professor in a major discipline, preferably in the social sciences or the humanities; (anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, sociology or religious studies); (2) have an established research focus devoted to some aspect of Islamic/Muslim studies and a general expertise of the Muslim world; (3) possess a distinguished record that includes research and publications, teaching and advising, and grant acquisition; (4) be fluent in at least 1 non-Western language spoken in the Muslim world; and, (5) demonstrate a proven record of administrative experience and leadership in the higher education context. The Director's appointment will be 50-75% in the Muslim Studies Program and 25-50% in an academic department (the tenure home). Exact percentages are subject to a mutual agreement between the successful candidate, the Dean of ISP, and the home academic department/college. The directorship will be an annual (12 month) appointment for a period of five-years, with a possibility for renewal. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.

The MSP Director provides intellectual and programmatic leadership to advance and promote MSU's related research, teaching, and engagement missions. Relevant duties include: (1) advancing knowledge of Muslim studies; (2) promoting offerings of relevant languages and courses; and, (3) building and strengthening relationships among MSP's constituent and stakeholder groups (i.e., faculty, administrators, students, academic programs, K-12 institutions, local Muslim communities, governmental and policy organizations, alumni, and others in the U.S. and in key countries). Additional duties pertaining to MSP's educational mission entail: (1) coordinating Program activities and representing MSP at MSU, across the nation, and around the world; (2) developing and sustaining strategic partnerships in higher education with institutions around the world to advance collaborative research, teaching, and engagement; (3) overseeing current and new partnerships in the Middle East (including North Africa) and Central, South, and Southeast Asia; (4) facilitating and catalyzing collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and cross-college research among social sciences, arts/humanities, and STEM/health faculty; (5) initiating proposals for external funding both for research and for MSP activities. To accomplish these functions, the Director is also required both to travel internationally to augment MSU's strategic partnerships and interests and to report regularly and directly to the ISP Dean.

MSP operates under the auspices of MSU's Office of International Studies and Programs (ISP) which is headed by its own Dean. In administering MSP, the dean of ISP works closely with the Office of the Provost and the deans of the College of Arts and Letters, James Madison College, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, and the College of Social Science. ISP incorporates MSU's extensive study abroad programs and international student and scholar services, and MSP actively partners with other ISP units including the African Studies Center; Asian Studies Center; Center for the Advanced Study of International Development; Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; Center for International Business, Education, and Research; Center for Language Education and Research; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and the Center for Gender in Global Context. Several of these centers are currently U.S. Department of Education designated and funded Title VI resource centers.

To Apply:

A complete application must include: (1) a letter indicating interest, qualifications, and how research, administrative, and teaching experiences support the candidate's application; (2) a current vita; (3) a list with the names of 3 references who can address the candidate's scholarly, instructional, and administrative skills (applicant must also arrange for their references to submit letters directly and confidentially); (4) samples of scholarly writing (e.g., peer-reviewed articles or book chapters); and, (5) a teaching portfolio that includes sample syllabi from previously-taught classes, a statement of teaching philosophy, and associated evaluations. The position is posted online at MSU's employment website under posting #8473. Except for letters of reference, all application materials must be uploaded at: http://jobs.msu.edu. Letters of recommendations must be mailed directly to: International Studies and Programs, Attn.: Muslim Studies Program Director Search, International Center, 427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 207, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035. The deadline for receipt of complete applications (including letters) is October 31, 2013. Late applications will be considered until the position is filled. For questions regarding this search contact Dr. Assefa Mehretu, Chair, Search Committee, Muslim Studies Program Director. Dr. Mehretu can be reached at the mail address above or at mehretu@msu.edu or (517) 353-5921.

MSU is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.


Vacancy: Associate Professor in Religion and Society/Interreligious Studies (University of Oslo)

The University of Oslo and The Faculty of Theology has a vacancy for a full-time Associate Professor with a particular obligation to engage in research, teach and supervise in the field of religion and society/interreligious studies. Thematically, methodologically and theoretically, this field is still under development. It involves broad interdisciplinary collaboration between the faculty’s own teaching staff and colleagues from other relevant areas at the university. Several PhD candidates work in the field. In addition to forming the basis for the Religion and Society study programme and for the continuing education programme in interreligious studies, the field also has an important role in the university’s inter-faculty research network, PluRel (Religion in Pluralistic Societies).



Fellowships: Asia Research Institute, University of Singapore

The Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore is now inviting applications for the various research fellowships:

- Research Fellowships/Senior Research Fellowships - One-Year Visiting Research Fellowships/Senior Research Fellowships - Postdoctoral Fellowships - Three-Month Visiting Senior Research Fellowships

More details about the fellowships and their application procedures can be found on the ARI website at: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/article_view.asp?id=6.

Applications will close on 1 September 2013. For enquiries, email joinari@nus.edu.sg.


Vacancy: Postdoctoral Fellow--Indian Religions (Universität Göttingen)

Universität Göttingen, Center for Modern Indian Studies

Postdoctoral Fellow--Indian Religions

Institution Type: College / University Location: Germany Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

The Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen seeks to fill the position of

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Indian Religions

This position will begin on Oct. 1, 2013. The position is full time; regular working hours are 39.8 per week. We offer a two-year fixed-term contract. Remuneration will be according to E13 TV-L (the German public sector pay scale).

Applications from scholars representing all subfields in the study of religions in India are welcome; preference will be given to candidates whose research and writing addresses one or more of the following topics: minority religions, law, conversion, gender, social inequality, religion and empire, and religion and democratic practice. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field, such as Religious Studies, History, Anthropology, Sociology, South Asian Studies, or Political Science. In addition to pursuing a postdoctoral research project, the fellow will assist in the design and organization of conferences and workshops on Indian religions, and in the teaching of religion courses at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies. The scholar will be based at the University of Goettingen in Germany, but may spend a portion of the fellowship period conducting field research, in consultation with the Indian Religions research group leader. Applicants from all countries are encouraged to apply. English proficiency is expected; German is not required, but would be welcome.

The University of Göttingen is an equal-opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured.

Please send your application with the usual documents (a writing sample, a 1000-word proposal for a postdoctoral research project, and three letters of reference, to be sent directly by the referees). Materials should preferably be sent by email to iris.karakus@cemis.uni-goettingen.de no later than the 25th of April, 2013.

Alternatively you can send your application by post to:

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Centre of Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) Frau Iris Karakuş Waldweg 26 D-37073 Göttingen

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Rupa Viswanath, e-mail: rviswan@uni-goettingen.de.

For more information on CeMIS and the Indian Religions Research Group please visit: .

Contact: Prof. Rupa Viswanath rviswan@gwdg.de


Vacancy: Lecturer in Politics/International Relations and Religion, Lancaster University

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Politics/International Relations and Religion Politics, Philosophy and Religion Salary: £31,948 to £52,706 Closing Date: Thursday 07 February 2013 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: A597


The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University seeks to appoint a Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in Politics/International Relations and Religion. All major areas of Politics/International Relations and Religion will be considered.

You are expected to be research active and have sustained research funding experience, excellent teaching abilities at both UG and PG levels and relevant administrative skills. Candidates whose teaching and research crosses over between the fields of Politics/International Relations and Religion are particularly encouraged. In terms of teaching, the you would be expected to contribute to some of the core departmental teaching areas of US and British politics, International Relations and/or Political Theory and also teaching in their specialist area.

You should state on their supporting statement which grade of post you are applying for and base your application on the relevant job description and person specification.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of Department, Professor Robert Geyer, r.geyer@lancaster.ac.uk


Vacancy: Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers (Max Planck Institute)

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity) is seeking to appoint

1. up to four researchers (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/innen) at the doctoral and postdoctoral level

Applicants should have a degree in anthropology, sociology, political science, or geography. Applicants for the postdoctoral positions should have an excellent PhD, publications and envisage a research career. Their research experience and publications should be relevant to the research areas of the department.

Applicants for a doctoral position should have a research project in mind for their PhD (and send a brief description of about one page), but need not have a fully developed proposal. Advanced PhD students may also apply for one- or two-year writing-up scholarships. Please note: the Max Planck Institute does not award doctorates; PhD students should independently enroll in universities. Presence at the Göttingen institute is required.

Very good spoken and written English is required.

The successful applicants will contribute to the department’s research relating to

- social interactions in contexts of diversity, - organisations, institutions and diversity (including e.g. cities or NGOs), - superdiversity and its consequences.

Initial contracts will be for two years and are renewable to up to 4 years (for PhDs) and up to six years (for postdoctoral fellows). Salary will be based on the German public service scale TVöD, level E 13 (50% for PhDs). The envisaged starting date is 1 June 2013.

The deadline for electronic (one file please) or postal applications is 6 February 2013.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a list of publications, and the names and contact details of two potential referees. PhD applicants in particular should send a record of university courses and performance.

Interviews will be held in the first half of March 2013.

2. two one-year postdoctoral researchers

Scholars whose research relates to the substantive concerns of the department’s research programme and whose PhDs have been submitted by 1 June 2013 are eligible to apply. The fellowship is intended to provide the basis for developing a new research project or writing the PhD thesis into publications. The fellowship holders are expected to take part in the academic life of the institute.

Fellowships will begin on 1 September or 1 October 2013.

The deadline for electronic (one file please) or postal applications is 1 June 2013. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a list of publications, a research/writing plan for the period of the fellowship and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Please also send an electronic copy of the PhD-thesis or sample chapters. These will of course be treated confidentially.

Based on the guidelines of the Max-Planck Society, fellowships entail a monthly stipend of approximately € 1.468 to € 1.621 (German nationals) or € 2.100 to € 3.000 (foreign nationals). Stipends are not subject to income tax or obligatory social security contributions.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome.

Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society also especially encourages handicapped persons to submit their applications.

Applications should be sent to: Frau C. Albern, Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, D-37073 Göttingen (per post), or electronically to VWE@mmg.mpg.de

For further details about the positions contact Prof. Dr. Karen Schönwälder at schoenwaelder@mmg.mpg.de Call: http://www.mmg.mpg.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Stellen/2012_Ausschreibungen_researchers_postdocs.pdf


Vacancy: Academic Director, Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations

Academic Director, Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK

The successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of excellence in and commitment to teaching at postgraduate level, specifically in the preparation and teaching of two modules for the University of Cambridge MPhil Middle Eastern Studies (Specialisation: Muslim-Jewish Relations) based in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The candidate will also be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as direct and teach on the Institute’s e-learning course, Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter, in conjunction with the American University in Washington. The appointment will commence in the summer 2013.

The candidate must have a PhD and preferably postdoctoral experience. The successful candidate will be expected to know at least Arabic and preferably another relevant Middle Eastern or European language. The field of interest and academic specialisation are open but the candidate must demonstrate expertise in some aspect of Muslim-Jewish relations. We would welcome candidates engaged in one or more of the following areas of research: medieval, Ottoman or Mediterranean history; multiculturalism in contemporary Europe; the politics of the Middle East; and the comparative study of law, culture, and religion. Practical experience in dialogue, reconciliation, and co-operation would also be welcomed.

The deadline for applications is 22 February 2013. The position is initially for three years, with potential for renewal. Information https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46022


Cardiff University Jameel MA Scholarships

Jameel Scholarships, Cardiff University, 2013-14

The Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University is pleased to invite applications for the Cardiff University Jameel Scholarships for 2013-14.

The Islam-UK Centre works towards the promotion of better understanding of Islam and the life of Muslims in Britain, through high quality teaching and research. Its activities address issues which are central to the situation of Muslims in contemporary Britain. The Centre provides unique training and research opportunities for those seeking onward employment in a range of academic and non-academic careers.

The following fully funded scholarships are available from September 2013:

Cardiff University Jameel PhD Scholarships – 1 scholarship (starting 2013/14 academic year)

We are seeking exceptional UK resident applicants with a first class, or upper second class honours degree or Masters degree. Research proposals in the following areas are particularly welcome: Education, Religious Leadership, British Muslim Arts and Heritage and Inter-Generational and Family Relations. Other research themes will be considered but must demonstrate exceptional academic merit, potential and relevance to Muslims or Islam in the UK.

Cardiff University Jameel MA Scholarships – 4 scholarships available for the MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain (September 2013 start)

We are seeking exceptional UK resident applicants with a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject, and demonstrated enthusiasm for working with or for Muslim communities in Britain.

Funding Package

Each successful Cardiff University Jameel Scholar has full UK/EU tuition fees paid and receives a generous stipend equivalent to an AHRC stipend plus access to a travel & conference allowance. Full-time PhD awards will provide funding for three years; full-time MA awards will provide funding for one year.

How to Apply

Full application instructions are available online at www.cardiff.ac.uk/jameelscholarships

Closing date for MA Scholarship applications: 22 January 2013

Closing date for PhD Scholarship applications: 15 March 2013

For all enquiries, please contact us by email to jameelscholarships@cardiff.ac.uk