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Pears Institute - Early Career Fellowship

Reference Number 12131
Location London, Bloomsbury
School/Department Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism
Position Type Fixed term
Hours 35 hours per week
Salary from/to 36548 - 41722

The Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck is the only centre dedicated to the study of antisemitism in the UK and one of only two such centres in the whole of Europe

The Institute intends to appoint an Early Career Fellow for a period of two years, commencing in September 2017, with a research specialism in modern history in one of the following areas: Europe (including Britain), Middle East, United States of America or the history of Empires. Applicants should have completed their doctorate, or be close to completion, and have identified an area for further original research. Their research interests should align closely with the remit of the Institute.

Established by Pears Foundation, the Institute is founded on the principle that the study of antisemitism is vital to the understanding of other forms of racialization, racism, prejudice and xenophobia. It is committed to the interdisciplinary study of antisemitism, from political science to psychosocial studies and from history to law.
The Institute has an international reputation as a centre for research excellence and innovation. It is recognized as a source of independent advice on public policy and actively engages with decision makers and opinion formers in the UK and abroad. It provides a hub for teaching at Birkbeck on antisemitism, racialization and racism, providing a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses (including postgraduate research degrees).The successful applicant will contribute to the Institute’s ambitious programme of research, teaching and public engagement. 

About the Department

The Institute is located in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy and has a close relationship with the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, which is renowned as a centre of original and influential research, and one of the top history departments in the UK. In the 2104 Research Excellence Framework the department was ranked seventh among all history departments in Britain (THS research intensity table), with 85% of its research portfolio deemed of world leading or internationally excellent quality.

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Further Information

Salary: Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £36,548 rising to £41,722 per annum.
This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and fixed term for two years. The salary quoted above is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 12 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.
The closing date for completed applications is midnight on sunday 2 April 2017.

Interviews will be held on Monday 22 May 2017.
For further information on this opportunity please contact Professor David Feldman, Director – Pears Institute (Email: A link to the PDF document containing the job description and person specification is below.
Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and membership of WISE, operating the Disability Confident and Mindful Employer schemes, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.

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        Recruitment Pack - 12131.pdf

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