Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


Academic Support


Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations


London, United Kingdom


Part-time One-Year Fixed Term Contract

Salary: £12,800 (gross)

The Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom is currently recruiting for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for a one-year part-time (14 hours a week) position. The fellow will provide support to the Tejpar Professor of Inter-Religious Studies.


  • Work on creating a comparative chronology of group formation in the Abbasid Levant and Iraq (750-1000) that draws on the methods of the social sciences.
  • Familiarise themselves with the history and historiography of the Abbasid caliphate.
  • Undertake original research that addresses the core intellectual questions of the project using the tools of their expertise. It is expected that the post-doc would work towards producing a peer-reviewed journal article or article for an edited volume and assist in funding applications.
  • Participate in conferences to present research based on the project. In particular, these include attendance and logistic assistance at six workshops held in the UK and online in the period 2022-24. 
  • Attend project-related fortnightly meetings at the Aga Khan Centre.


  • PhD in Sociology, Anthropology, Social Psychology, Geography or History. 
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in Groups and Group Formation, whether these are ethnic, linguistic, religious or professional.
  • Intellectual curiosity and willingness to work on a project in Islamic history with unfamiliar content.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in teams.
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Further language skills; skills in website design; skills in mapping software (ORA, Pajek, R etc.) an advantage. 

To Apply

​Please submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, and names and contact details of three referees to: ismc.personnel@aku.edu (Incomplete applications will not be considered). 

For specific questions about the fellowship please contact philip.wood@aku.edu 

Applications will be received until 10th June 2022.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Note: Due to large number of applications expected, we will only contact candidates short-listed for interview. If you have not heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, please presume that your application has not been successful.

By submitting an application, you provide your consent to the Institute under the General Data Protection Regulations to share the contents of your application with relevant colleagues involved in the recruitment exercise. 

Applications should be submitted latest by June 10, 2022