Post-Doctoral Researcher in Islamic Studies, University of Chester, UK – closing date 6 August 2015

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Islamic Studies – FTC until 30/09/2016. Closing Date: 6 August 2015.

Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher in Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester. The Department is currently expanding in the area of Islamic Studies and has appointed Oliver Scharbrodt as first Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Chester with the strategic aim to turn the Department and its new Chester Centre for Islamic Studies (CCIS) into one of the prime centres for the academic study of Islam in the UK.

The post provides an exciting opportunity to develop Islamic Studies at the University by contributing to both research and teaching. The post-doctoral researcher will be part of a research project that examines transnational religio-political networks in contemporary Twelver Shiism operating between Iraq, Iran and Britain. Professor Oliver Scharbrodt is the principal investigator of the project which is funded the Gerda Henkel Foundation, a private foundation that supports research across the Humanities and Social Sciences. The post-doctoral researcher will also contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Department.

Successful applicants will have a PhD in Religious Studies or other related discipline in the areas of Shia Islam, modern Islam, Muslims in Europe and/or gender and Islam. They must be able to conduct research in Arabic. Proficiency in Persian and experience of ethnographic research are desirable.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Oliver Scharbrodt, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ, Tel: 01244 511000, email o.scharbrodt@chester.ac.uk

Candidates can apply through our website at www.chester.ac.uk/jobs/ and applications should be made via our Online Recruitment Website quoting reference number HR14429.