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Institute of Advanced Studies Junior Research Fellows Program 2017-18, University College London, UK

Publish Date: Apr 27, 2017

Deadline: May 25, 2017

Institute of Advanced Studies Junior Research Fellows 2017-18

Duties and Responsibilities

The Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, together with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, established a UCL Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2015. The IAS is a research-based community of scholars comprising colleagues and doctoral students from across UCL as well as visiting fellows and research collaborators/interlocutors from the UK and internationally. It is committed to critical thinking and engaged enquiry both within and across conventional disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and aims to provide a creative and generative context in which to question and dislodge habitual practices and modes of thought.
The IAS is seeking to appoint four Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) starting on 1 October 2017. Candidates should have recently completed a PhD in one of the subject areas of either the Faculty of Arts and Humanities or the Faculty of Social and Historical Science. The post-holders will carry out research and collaborate with academic colleagues in the relevant field, and complete an ambitious but feasible research programme. They will develop and organise specific activities relating to their particular research theme (see job description) with which they are associated. They will also participate and contribute to seminars aimed at sharing research outcomes and public engagement activities appropriate to their research topic.

These appointments are funded for 12 months each in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent with expert knowledge within their chosen area of research and the ability to contribute to one of the research themes stated in the job description, which should be reflected in the authorship of one or more high quality publications.   They will be required to conduct their own research but also facilitate wider disciplinary research on the theme, and be able to demonstrate how their research fits into a broader understanding of the theme.  Candidates should also have the ability to give public presentations, work collaboratively and have previous experience of active involvement in research at a university level.

Further Details

You do not need to complete the online application form. A job description and person specification can be accessed below. To apply for the vacancy, please click on the 'Apply now' button. Please upload the following documentation as PDF files:

1. A CV of no more than two pages, including the contact details of two referees

2.  A research proposal of no more than 500 words outlining the project, its relationship to the recently completed PhD and the envisaged outcomes (conceivably a couple of articles OR a significant and well-grounded research application in a new area of research, OR a book of the thesis OR other relevant outcome such as an edited volume)

3. A 250-word statement on how the candidate's research relates to their chosen theme plus a proposal for activities based in the Institute of Advanced Studies that the JRF will generate: ideas for a series of seminars/workshops that will continue throughout the fellowship; an idea for one conference/event that will take place towards the end of the fellowship; one public engagement activity that will attract new publics/audiences.

Applications will be assessed on the quality of the research proposal AND the nature of the research based activities proposed. Owing to an anticipated high volume of applications, we regret that we are unable to provide feedback to applicants who are not shortlisted.

The post holder will maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety regulations and will actively follow UCL policies, including Equal Opportunities policies. 

It you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Catherine Stokes at or +44(0)20 7679 3596.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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