Assistant Professor in Politics and Islam

Durham (GB)
15 Sep 2017
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03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor in Politics and Islam (Grade 7 or 8)

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place in which to define your career and enjoy a high quality work/life balance.  Benefitting from a fantastic location just 90 minutes south of Edinburgh, and less than three hours away from London, this historically rich city is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century and is within close proximity of the beautiful Durham Dales.  With a welcoming student body that numbers more than 17,000 and over 3,000 members of staff, this centre of academic excellence looks forward to welcoming your application.   

About us:

Durham University is listed 4th in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and is widely lauded for the exceptional talent it harbours.  Featuring in the top 100 World University Rankings 2017-2018, our students and academics are at the heart of our world-leading research and teaching capabilities, shaping the future with their ground-breaking work. The needs of our staff are taken care of too, with generous pension plans, assistance with childcare facilities, the option for flexible working and a Relocation Manager who can help settle you into this fantastic city. 

The role: 

With interdisciplinary research groups supported by a high calibre academic body, it comes as no surprise that 71% of research coming from the School of Government and International Affairs has been classed as either internationally excellent or world leading – something that has led to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes becoming so sought-after by students.  Making the most of this dynamic, you will therefore work collaboratively with our research community in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies to further our knowledge and understanding of the contemporary interaction between politics and Islam.  Teaching modules and supporting the studies of our students, you will therefore focus your work on one or more of the following areas: The politics of at least one of the principal Muslim-majority states; the role of major Islamic non-governmental factors; or the international relations of the MENA region, South Asia or South East Asia.

Making the most of research leave (potentially one term for every seven worked), your innovative teaching methods and academic endeavours will have the scope to make an international impact and shape our understanding of this intensely complex topic. 

You’ll need: 

  • A good first degree with a PhD in Politics, International Relations or a similar subject.
  • A clear research focus on politics and Islam, supported by world-class outputs and evidence of these outputs having made an impact beyond your institution.
  • A three year research plan that includes the ability to generate income via research project proposals. 
  • Exceptional communication skills with the ability to guide early career researchers and research groups. 
  • The confident ability to supervise PhD students. 
  • Solid teaching skills, with the ability to adapt content to groups of differing sizes. You will also have (or be able to achieve) HEA status. 

Candidates who have recently completed their PhD but don’t have the relevant experience are encouraged to apply for this position at grade 7 if they feel they have the potential to achieve our high standards.

How to apply:

We value and promote an inclusive and diverse working environment at Durham and we welcome applications from all individuals.

We prefer to receive applications online.  For this role we are working with our partner organisation TMP (UK) Limited and your application will initially be submitted to TMP (UK) Limited via our website.

Please carefully read the job description for this post which outlines the documents which you will be required to submit, information about referees, contact details should you require further information and next steps including an indication of when interviews will take place.

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Closing date : 03rd  November 2017