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No 6172

Wednesday 16 December 2009

Vol cxl No 13

pp. 421–444

Vacancies, Appointments, etc.

Vacancies in the University

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University Lectureship in Islamic Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Assistant Directorship of the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Lectureship in Islamic Studies. It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment on 1 October 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will specialize in any aspect of Islam and Muslims in the modern world, including the UK and Europe, and have a good knowledge of Arabic. Preference will be given to candidates who also have some expertise in Islamic Studies more generally.

The successful candidate will also be expected to act as Assistant Director of the newly established HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University. As Assistant Director, the successful candidate will work with the Director on advancing the research and outreach agendas of the Centre, assisting in running Centre research projects, and in generating external funding for her or his research projects.

The successful candidate will be expected to have or to develop a world-class research profile commensurate with the standing of the Department and the Centre. Teaching responsibilities will include contributing to undergraduate courses, supervising final-year undergraduate dissertations, and supervising graduate students.

The appointment will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance. The current pensionable scale stipend is in the range of £36,532 to £46,278 a year.

Further particulars and an application form may be obtained from the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies website ( Applications should be sent to the Faculty Administrator, Mary Howe, no later than Friday, 8 January 2010. They should include a completed application form, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a brief statement of research and teaching interests, future research plans, and relevant administrative experience.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Yasir Suleiman (email

Please quote reference GU05474 when applying. Interviews will take place between 1 and 3 February 2010.

AHRC Studentships in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), University of Cambridge, invites applications for two AHRC Postgraduate Research Studentships to support three years of Doctoral research at the University of Cambridge to start in October 2010. The Project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Home/EU applicants only are eligible for this funding.

The Doctoral research will form an integral part of a new AHRC award to the project ‘The Board of Longitude 1714–1828: science, innovation and empire in the Georgian world’ (AH/H015914/1). This is a joint project of the HPS Department, University of Cambridge, and the National Maritime Museum (NMM), Greenwich.

The project will result in the first comprehensive history of the Board of Longitude, examining its changing role as an influential player in Georgian culture. The project is keen to encourage applicants for the Doctoral Studentships from a range of historical disciplines, including economic, political, administrative, and legal history, maritime and naval history, and the history of science and scientific instruments. The aim of these Studentships is to use approaches from such disciplines to understand the Board’s work as a case study.

The successful candidates will be supervised by Simon Schaffer in HPS at the University of Cambridge. In addition to pursuing their own Doctoral research, the holders of the award will form part of a seven-person research team and join in a range of activities to promote research on the study of the Board’s history. The limit of tenure is three years.

Full details of the project, the scope of the Studentships, and conditions of eligibility are available at Interested candidates are encouraged in the first instance to contact Simon Schaffer ( for informal discussions about their suitability and research plans.

The closing date for applications is 1 February 2010. Interviews will take place before 15 February 2010. The successful candidates will be required to make a separate application for admission to the University of Cambridge by 15 February 2010 and will be nominated as candidates for AHRC support. Please quote reference JN06066 when applying.