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Research Assistant, British Institute in Damascus (6 months fixed term, for Ph.D. students)


The Council for British Research in the Levant is offering a new, fixed-term research position to be held at the British Institute in Damascus from October 2011 to March 2012. The successful applicant will assist with fieldwork, interviews and administration as part of a new British Academy-funded research project on 'Mapping the Social Sciences in Syria', led by Dr Daniel Neep.

Applicants should:

* Have completed a PhD (or be close to completion of a PhD) in a social science discipline. Candidates with a background in the sociology of knowledge or higher education in the Middle East are particularly welcome, but all relevant fields will be considered.
* Have a strong grasp of research methodology, especially qualitative interviewing;
* Have an excellent command of the Arabic language (at a level sufficient to conduct in-depth interviews with academics and practitioners);
* Have previous fieldwork experience in the Middle East.

The position will initially be offered from 1 October 2011 to 31March 2012, with a possible extension of a further 3 to 6 months if funding permits. The post includes a monthly allowance of £1000, health insurance and one return flight between London and Damascus. Should the political situation prevent fieldwork in Syria, the project will move to the British Institute in Amman and instead focus on mapping the social sciences in Jordan.

Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter and arrange for two references to be sent directly to cbrl@cbrl.org.uk by the deadline of 4pm, Friday29 July 2011. Interviews will be held in London on the afternoon of Thursday 11 August. Telephone interviews may be arranged for applicants outside the UK.

Inquiries may be addressed to Dr Daniel Neep, CBRL Research Director (Syria): director(at)bi-damascus.org.uk

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