Call for Applications for two Research and Outreach Associates, commencing in the academic year 2024-25

The Centre of Islamic Studies wishes to appoint two Research and Outreach Associates, commencing in the academic year 2024-25, one in each of the following subject areas:

  • Islamic art, aesthetics and/or material culture
  • Islam or Muslim life in Britain

CIS Research and Outreach Associates are expected to be outstanding early-career researchers who will make a major contribution to both the research and outreach aims of the Centre and thereby support and maintain the University’s national and international reputation for excellence in research and public engagement. Each Research and Outreach Associate is expected to carry out an independent research project on a topic relevant to the post’s remit. In addition, they are required to develop integrated and innovative public engagement activities to spread understanding of their research topics beyond the University and the academic community. Applicants are therefore encouraged to propose a research project and a defined programme of outreach activities aiming at raising the profile of their academic research and engaging non-academic communities.

Examples of successful research proposals with a strong outreach component are Dr Ryan William’s Reimagining Citizenship project, and Dr Mehrunisha Suleman’s Perspectives on End of Life Care project.

If appropriate, CIS Research and Outreach Associates are also encouraged to contribute some undergraduate teaching in their field of expertise in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies or other Faculties or Departments. Posts are full-time and post-holders will be based in the Centre of Islamic Studies, which is located in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Attendance at and participation in CIS weekly seminars and events during term-time, and annual conferences or symposia, is expected.

CIS Research and Outreach posts are intended primarily for early career researchers. Applications are therefore invited from researchers who have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. Those wishing to make a case for a career break should present the case for interruption by a period of maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances. Please note that time spent working outside academia does not qualify as a career break. Candidates must hold a doctorate by the commencement date of their employment.

In addition to showing genuine interest in the work of the Centre of Islamic Studies, applicants will be expected to demonstrate i) outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, ii) the ability to work independently and as part of a team, iii) excellent spoken and written English.

Both Research and Outreach Associate positions are tenable for three years with effect from 1st October 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Apply via the University’s jobsite here. TBC

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 15 November 2023.

The deadline for receipt of academic references from shortlisted candidates is 12 January 2024.

It is expected that interviews will take place in late January or early February 2024.


Any questions on these applications can be addressed to