Research Associate / Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies

King's College London

Job id: 068525. Salary: £41,386 – £58,421 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 13 June 2023. Closing date: 04 July 2023.

Business unit: Social Science & Public Policy. Department: Department of War Studies.

Contact details:Professor Christopher Hobbs. [email protected]

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Research.

Job description

King’s College London seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow with high-level speaking, writing and reading skills in Arabic, primarily to provide academic support to a fully accredited MRes (Masters By Research) programme in Security and International Strategy, which is managed by the King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies (KIASS). The programme is available to selected officers from the Joaan Bin Jassim Academy for Defence Studies in Qatar, and uniquely the students can choose whether to follow an English or Arabic Language Stream.

The position is based in the Department of War Studies (DWS), which is located on the Strand Campus, London, and is part of the School of Security Studies within the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy (SSPP) at King’s. The successful candidate will play a key role in delivering on our innovative contract. This will include, among other duties: supervising dissertations, some of which will be written in Arabic; supporting the Arabic Literature Review Project which seeks to identify relevant English language academic work for translation into Arabic; and additional duties within the scope of KIASS and School of Security Studies. The role will involve close co-operation with the Project Director and the Director of KIASS. Occasional travel to Qatar may be necessary.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in a topic relevant to the broad field(s) of Security and Strategic Studies, with high level Arabic language skills. Strong applications from candidates with PhDs in associated fields will be considered.

The School of Security Studies and SSPP together support an inclusive culture and diversity for our staff and students. We are committed to encourage further growth from diverse groups, and we look forward to welcoming applicants of all abilities, whom we are able to support with our flexible varied working practices.

This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract for 2 years.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct and publish original research within the broad field(s) of Security Studies, Defence and International Relations.  
  • Supervise selected students’ Master’s dissertations. 
  • Support the Arabic Literature Review Project. 
  • Engage with a range of key stakeholders in the UK and abroad to maximise effective delivery of the contract. 
  • Contribute to research, teaching, project management and administration duties as required by the King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies. 
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to secure external funding to support the research activities of the School of Security Studies. 
  • Attend, and as appropriate, present research findings and papers at internal meetings and external professional conferences. 
  • Work as a conscientious and committed member of the team in order to achieve the aims of the project(s). 
  •  If appointed at Research Fellow level, the roleholder may be required to undertake project management and /or supervise teams consisting of other research staff, professional services staff and research students. They will be required to provide expert advice and guidance to others.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the postholder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria

1.       Degree in relevant subject 

2.       PhD in relevant subject. Please note that this is a post-doctoral role and requires a PhD. Candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhD pending a viva examination may be considered. Candidates who have not submitted their dissertation for examination will not be considered. 

3.       High level Arabic language skills in speaking, reading and writing 

4.       Experience of teaching in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) 

5.       Evidence of research potential 

6.       Demonstrate a proven ability to produce high quality research evidenced by authoring a range of publications/reports (Research Fellow)

7.       Demonstrate capability of attracting external research funding  (Research Fellow)

8.       Demonstrate active participation in the planning of research projects  (Research Fellow)

9.       Demonstrate the ability to co-ordinate the work of other staff including supervising other research staff and students  (Research Fellow)

Desirable criteria

1.       Experience in supervising theses/dissertations in an HEI 

2.       Knowledge of the socio-political or economic dynamics of the Middle East 

3.       Project management experience 

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

The selection process will include a criteria-based shortlisting process and panel based interview.  

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Prof Christopher Hobbs [email protected] .

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