Job title: Postdoctoral researchers X2
Department: Politics and International Studies
Contract Type: Fixed-term, 36-month
Salary: Grade 7 – £40,291.82 per annum (inclusive of London allowance)
Location: Bloomsbury, London
Hours: Full time
We are looking for two Postdoctoral Researchers in ‘Regional Security in Africa’ and ‘African and Caribbean identities in the UK’ at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London.
This is an exciting opportunity for ambitious and talented early career researchers to establish their careers. They will be given significant scope to design and pursue their own programme of research as part of a talented team working on the project. Along the way, they will develop innovative fieldwork skills, write articles and policy papers, and generate other kinds of relevant publications both independently and in collaboration with other members of the team, and establish broad-ranging networks with scholars and policymakers working on Africa and the diaspora across a range of disciplines.
About the project
Pan-African frontiers is a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary project led by Dr Daniel Mulugeta, exploring contemporary intellectual and policy discourse around pan-Africanism. The project intends to understand how we ought to approach ideas from Africa and African diasporas. The research involves in-depth fieldwork in multiple counties, as well as engagement with policy stakeholders and partners in Africa and the UK over the whole period of the post. The project will be hosted by a new Centre for Pan-African Studies at the Department of Politics and International Studies.
About the Postdoctoral Researchers
The two postdoctoral researchers will be a core part of a team and will each carry out independent research programmes under the direction of the PI, involving substantial periods of fieldwork in Africa and/or the UK. Due to the multi-country and collaborative nature of the project, the postdoctoral researchers must be prepared to undertake international travel. They will be responsible for organising workshops, seminars and conferences in Africa and/or the UK. They will be expected to contribute to the design, conduct and dissemination of research, contribute to any work that increases the impact of the project, and co-lead the monitoring and evaluation of the project’s research impact.
The two roles are described below. Applicants are encouraged to develop further and new ideas within the broader remit of the project.
Postdoctoral Research 1 (Regional Security in Africa)
The project focuses on transnational security challenges facing African states. We are particularly interested in scholars with expertise in cases of regional security issues in Africa. The research will explore questions around transboundary conflict, institutionalised conflict resolution mechanisms, peacekeeping interventions, and the impact these have on continental and regional cooperation efforts. Your research could cover West Africa and the Sahel, the Great Lakes, the Horn of Africa or case studies from different regions/countries of Africa. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the broader project objectives of developing pluralist theoretical and conceptual accounts of African continental and diaspora politics. Working within these broad parameters, they will be encouraged, in consultation with the PI, to refashion and push the project in their own direction.
The researcher will have a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. Security studies, International relations, Social anthropology, Political science, Development studies etc.), and a track record of research in Africa, including fieldwork experience. They will have begun to establish an academic career through activities such as publishing and/or organising workshops/conferences, and they should be able to show clear potential for academic excellence. Skills in French, Portuguese or any African language are desirable.
We particularly welcome applications from candidates who are based in or come from Africa. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.
Postdoctoral Research 2 (African and Caribbean identities in the UK)
The project focuses on diaspora politics, exploring the varied manifestations of African and African-Caribbean identities in Britain. The research will explore questions about historic and ongoing social justice movements, patterns of pan-racial, multi-local or cosmopolitan identity claims and affiliations, and the question of what it means to be Black in Britain today. It particularly explores the reconceptualisation of pan-African connections and the complex demographic and inter-group dynamics in the UK. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the broader project objectives of developing pluralist theoretical and conceptual accounts of African continental and diaspora politics. Working within these broad parameters, they will be encouraged, in consultation with the PI, to refashion and push the project in their own direction.
The researcher will have a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. Black Diaspora studies, History, Politics, Social anthropology, etc.), and a track record of research in diaspora politics, including fieldwork experience. They will have begun to establish an academic career through activities such as publishing, organising workshops/conferences, and be able to show a clear potential for academic excellence.
For this role, we particularly welcome applications from Black British candidates and people with lived experience. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.
How to Apply:
To apply, please complete the application form. Your application should include:
Duration and Deadline
These are full time posts, with a start date of 01 January 2023 or soon thereafter, for a period of 36 months. They are based in Bloomsbury, London where SOAS is situated.
Closing date: Friday 14th October 2022
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