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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236 - 33,199 a year
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The University of York wishes to appoint a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of its Research Leadership Award (2016) to Dr. Timothy Stanton for his project Rethinking Civil Society: History, Theory, Critique. The successful applicant will join a team of eight doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working on this five-year project. The Fellowship is available to outstanding candidates seeking to conduct research on changing ideas of civil society in post-partition India.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is looking for their first academic appointment after recently completing, or who is about to complete, their PhD.

Rethinking Civil Society charts the descent of ideas about civil society from their origins into their present, hegemonic form. The successful candidate will research and chart the development of ideas about civil society in post-partition India, and the ways in which those ideas have been applied and contested in practice.

The successful candidate will conduct research; analyse and interpret research data; use appropriate research techniques and methods; write up research results and disseminate them via publications, seminars and conference presentations, public engagement and outreach activities. You will also engage in administrative activities connected to the research project; build internal contacts and participation in internal networks; collaborate with colleagues on joint projects as required; and attend relevant meetings. There will also be the opportunity, where appropriate, to assist with undergraduate teaching in your own areas of expertise.

You will have a first degree in History, Politics, Philosophy or a related discipline, and a PhD in Intellectual History, History of Political Thought, Political Theory or a related area. Candidates must hold a PhD by the time of appointment, and have demonstrable experience of conducting high quality research in the advertised area in any branch of the social sciences or humanities and a clear plan for publication. You will demonstrate attention to detail and the ability to plan and prioritise your own work in order to meet deadlines.

Candidates are asked to submit a statement of no more than 3000 words explaining the interest and importance of their research, prefaced by a short abstract of the project (no more than 250 words), together with an academic cv including contact details of two academic referees who they consider to be familiar with their research and who would be appropriate assessors of their work. They should also submit a sample of their research, which may take the form of an article, paper, or a chapter or chapters of the candidate’s PhD thesis.

The post is available from 1st September 2019, for 2 years on a full time basis.  Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the project leader, Tim Stanton (, or its administrator, Julia Key ( for informal discussion or further information. The closing date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 14 May 2019.  Interviews are expected to be held on 3 and 4 June 2019.

The University of York is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured.

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