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Doctoral Research Assistant - QMUL23948

Department: School of Politics & International Relations
Salary: £31,613 per annum (pro rata) (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23948
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 14-Jan-2021
Closing date: 11-Feb-2021

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About the Role

An opportunity has arisen for a part-time (11-12 hours/week, 18 months fixed-term) Doctoral Research Assistant to work on the ESRC-funded project ‘From Walls to Corridors: The Global Logistics of Israel's HaEmek Railway’ (ES/S01439X/1). Working with the project PI (Dr. Sharri Plonski), the role involves mapping the layered infrastructures normalising Israel’s relationship to the Middle East, while bypassing and erasing Palestine/Palestinians. The role – which focuses on the GCC and Jordan – includes online research, interview transcription, some archival work and, where relevant, co-developing written and visual outputs for the project with the PI and project partner (the Arab Centre for Alternative Planning). The role is meant to complement the PI’s existing expertise in Palestine/Israel and Hebrew language skills.

About You

You must be enrolled in a PhD programme in International Studies, Geography, Anthropology, Politics or a cognate field in the Social Sciences. We are hoping to work with someone who loves tracing and bringing together multiple threads that are not always easy to spot. You will need to work with Arabic and English documents, have experience with Middle East political economies (especially the Gulf Cooperation Council and/or Jordan), and be familiar with a range of critical mapping methods/tools. Previous engagement with critical work in infrastructure, logistics, colonialism and black and indigenous scholarship is desirable, as is some experience with conference coordination, GIS software and working as part of a research team.

About the Project

The project aims to trace ‘a corridor-in-the-making’ in Israel: a seemingly innocuous train line inaugurated in 2016 to channel traffic between the Eastern Mediterranean and the larger Middle East via Israel's port in Haifa and its border with Jordan and beyond. The project explores the corridor as it is being made, following the different components that make it mobile and global, as well as the spaces and communities it bypasses, displaces and/or erases.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus (London). It is a part-time (11-12 hours per week; 0.33 FTE), fixed term appointment for 1.5 years, with an expected start date of 01/03/2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, £31,613 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Sharri Plonski at or on 020 7882 2850.

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 11 February 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

The School of Politics and International Relations holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award.  We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers and strongly encourage applications from women and BAME scholars.

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