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Job Vacancy: Junior Research Fellow (Doha)

19 June 2015

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Junior Research Fellow

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (GU SFS-Q), together with the Woolf Institute in Cambridge and Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue, is the recipient of a research award from the Qatar National Research Fund. The study proposes the first cross-country comparison of interfaith initiatives in Qatar, UK and India to determine how best to assess their effectiveness in improving interfaith relations. The proposed study will be the first ever to examine the effectiveness of interfaith initiatives and to conduct empirical research in multiple locations.

The Junior Research Fellow (JRF) will be based in Doha for the life of the project, with regular travel to India. At the same time, the JRF will work closely with the PIs based in Cambridge - Dr Ed Kessler and Dr Shana Cohen.

This position is full-time for up to three years.  The successful candidate may be considered for employment during the full life of the grant or for a portion thereof.  

The successful applicant will have a PhD or will be a candidate for a PhD in a relevant subject area (Social Sciences or Humanities with knowledge of comparative religions). The candidate should preferably have conversational Arabic and experience of living in the Middle East or South Asia or both. The successful candidate will also ideally have some exposure to evaluation methods and/or qualitative research but if not, will receive training from the PIs.

The position will start as soon as possible.

Responsibilities:

The Junior Research Fellow will play a critical role in conducting field research in Delhi and Doha, maintaining communication between the UK and Qatar and gathering background information. Specifically, the JRF will:

  • Facilitate and maintain communication amongst the research team.
  • Responsible for background research and information gathering.
  • Assist the Lead-PI and PI in the UK in preparations for the fieldwork components of the project, including interview content.
  • Conduct interviews and focus groups in Doha and Delhi.
  • Assist in analysis and writing-up of research findings.
  • Prepare all project outcome documents.
  • Function as a communication conduit and first point of contact between the LPI, Co-LPI, PIs and other SFS Qatar research and administrative personnel and managing continuous follow up on all administrative aspects of the project's workflow.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Hiring will be done through Human Resources at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (GU SFS-Q). Georgetown University SFS-Q is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In order to be considered for this position, please click on this link, in order to submit your CV and cover letter. 

Any questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Shana Cohen at sc736@cam.ac.uk

This position is based in Doha, Qatar and features a competitive salary and benefits package.

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