Jobs: Academic Director, Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute

Academic Director, Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations

The Woolf Institute -Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

The Woolf Institute, which specialises in the study of relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims, invites applications for the position of Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations.

The successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of excellence in and commitment to teaching at postgraduate level, specifically in the preparation and teaching of two modules for the University of Cambridge MPhil Middle Eastern Studies (Specialisation: Muslim-Jewish Relations) based in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The candidate will also be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as direct and teach on the Institute’s e-learning course, Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter, in conjunction with the American University in Washington.

As the Director of the Centre, the successful candidate will be responsible for raising its academic and public profile and maintaining a reputation for balance and rigorous scholarship. The candidate must be able to demonstrate a commitment to research-led initiatives leading to publication, and to secure funding.

The candidate must be able to work collegially within a small team and work jointly with the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations Academic Director on various initiatives in building the academic reputation of the Woolf Institute. They will also represent the Centre for the media and in other public venues, direct the activities of the Centre, including running conferences and seminars, and manage the Centre budget.

The appointment will commence in the summer 2013, the exact date to be negotiated with the candidate.

The candidate must have a PhD and preferably postdoctoral experience. The successful candidate will be expected to know at least Arabic and preferably another relevant Middle Eastern or European language. The field of interest and academic specialisation are open but the candidate must demonstrate expertise in some aspect of Muslim-Jewish relations. We would welcome candidates engaged in one or more of the following areas of research: medieval, Ottoman or Mediterranean history; multiculturalism in contemporary Europe; the politics of the Middle East; and the comparative study of law, culture, and religion. Practical experience in dialogue, reconciliation, and co-operation would also be welcomed.

The salary will be £41-44,000 plus pension depending on experience.

A cover letter, CV, two sample publications, and names of three referees should be submitted to Tina Steiner at bs411@XXXXX [click link for email]. The deadline for applications is February 22, 2013, with first-round interviews to be held during the week commencing March 11, 2013. The position is initially for three years, with potential for renewal.

Questions are welcomed and should be addressed to Dr Shana Cohen at sc736@XXXXX [click link for email].


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