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Job Vacancy: St Edmunds/ Woolf Institute Joint Junior Research Fellow

15 June 2015


St Edmund's College and the Woolf Institute have created a Joint Junior Research Fellow position (JJRF). The position is full-time joint St Edmund's and Woolf Institute position for two years. The St Edmund's-Woolf Junior Research Fellow will work under the guidance of Drs Shana Cohen and Ed Kessler in two areas of research.


The first area focuses on researching faith and equality, specifically access amongst religious and ethnic minority communities to educational opportunities, mental health services, and support for resettlement after prison. The JJRF will work alongside Dr Cohen and staff at national charities working in these areas to understand obstacles to accessing necessary support and opportunities and to recommend and test new strategies. This work should provide opportunities for both academic and policy-related publications.


The second area of work will be to contribute to a comparative study assessing the impact of three types of interfaith activities: leader-led, grassroots, and inclusive but based in one faith. The JJRF will be responsible for helping the two PIs, Drs Kessler and Cohen, conduct the research in London and potentially other locations in England. Working with Drs Kessler and Cohen, the JJRF will contribute to academic publications, policy papers, and practical outputs.


The JJRF should have a PhD in the humanities and social sciences by the start date of January 2016 (negotiable for earlier) and be familiar with contemporary issues in interfaith relations.
The position will be based in Cambridge at the Woolf Institute but will require frequent travel to London and potentially other locations. The pensionable stipend is £21,289. The successful candidate will be eligible for election as a Fellow of St Edmund's College.


International prospective applicants need to be aware that the College and the Institute are not in a position to pay airfares for those short-listed for interview in Cambridge. Short listed candidates who are invited for interview should be aware that they will be asked to bring their original qualification.


The deadline for applications is September 29, 2015. A cover letter outlining experience and PhD status and a CV with the names and contact information of two references should be sent to Tina Steiner at bs411@cam.ac.uk.


All questions about the position should be directed to Dr Shana Cohen at sc736@cam.ac.uk.

Download the job description here.

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