Early Career Academic Position Available

Applications are sought for the position of Early Career Academic in the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

The School of Advanced Study (SAS) holds a unique role in UK higher education with remit to promote and facilitate the research of scholars in the humanities. It provides a neutral space, free from the constraints of mainstream UK higher education, in which innovative, agenda-setting and interdisciplinary research can flourish. The offices of SAS are located in the Bloomsbury area of central London. Further information about SAS can be found on its website, www.sas.ac.uk

This post represents an opportunity for a rising star in the field of refugee law to join the dynamic team at the highly successful Refugee Law Initiative (RLI). Further details about the activities of the RLI can be found on its website: http://rli.sas.ac.uk


To succeed in this newly-created post, applicants will need a specialised knowledge of refugee law, normally evidenced by a PhD in a relevant subject discipline (or demonstrably close to completion). The successful candidate will be an ambitious and motivated scholar, who is able to combine practitioner experience that engages multilateral, governmental and non-governmental institutions with the insights provided by academic research. To be credible in this exchange, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an excellent research and publication record and a track record of attracting external funding for research and dissemination projects. Teaching experience at Master’s level, preferably in the field of human rights, is also essential.

The post will report to Dr David James Cantor, the Director of the RLI and a Reader in International Human Rights Law.

About The Department

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, founded in 1949, is the only postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. The Institute is a national and international centre of excellence for policy-relevant research, research facilitation and teaching. As a member of the School of Advanced Study, established in 1994, the Institute works with nine other prestigious postgraduate research institutes to offer academic opportunities across and between a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and social sciences. The Institute’s Library is an international resource holding more than 190,000 volumes, with particularly impressive Caribbean, Southern African and Australian holdings and over 200 archival collections.

Further Information

The closing date for applications is midday on Monday, 16 September 2013.
Interviews are expected to be held on Friday, 11 October 2013 and applicants are advised to ensure their availability on this date as, owing to the multiple commitments of the interview panel, it will rarely be possible to make alternative arrangements. Candidates who are invited to interview will be requested to deliver two presentations at the interview (details to be supplied to short-listed candidates).
The position is tenable from 1 January 2014 for a period of three years in the first instance. Informal enquiries about the position should be directed to Dr David James Cantor at david.cantor@sas.ac.uk . Alternatively please visit http://london.ac.uk/jobs and click on ‘Jobs at the Central University’.

The University offers membership to the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS).
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