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BA Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL22752

Department: School of History
Salary: £34,220 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22752
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 29-Sep-2020
Closing date: 02-Nov-2020

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About the Role

The School of History wishes to recruit a two-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on a British Academy Sustainable Development-funded project, “Traces of Jewish Memory in Contemporary Tunisia”, led by Dr Daniel Lee (PI). This project, launched in September 2018, is the first interdisciplinary study that investigates and restores awareness of Tunisia’s Jewish past. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr Daniel Lee and Professor Habib Kazdaghli (co-I) investigating Jewish contribution to the creation of modern Tunisia. The project will also engage with Cultural heritage and memorialisation campaigns in Tunisia. It is hoped that the production of new knowledge on the history of a forgotten minority in Tunisia, will reduce antisemitism and stimulate economic growth in the country by creating new cultural initiatives, develop new tourist opportunities and generate jobs for unemployed university graduates. An ambitious outreach programme will take the project’s findings to the general public.

About You

The successful candidate will have a high level of proficiency in English, Arabic and French, and will hold a PhD in a relevant area which will have been awarded before the start of the role. Relevant subject areas include but are not limited to: Middle Eastern and/or North African Studies; Jewish history; comparative literature; history of religion; cultural history; philosophy; intellectual history; social anthropology; sociology; urban studies.


About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


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 in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 24 months. The start date for this position is 01 January 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.  The starting salary will be £34,220 per annum depending on experience, inclusive of London Allowance.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Daniel Lee at


As part of the application, candidates will need to produce a short document in which they demonstrate in up to 1,000 words, the work they will undertake if appointed to restore awareness of Tunisia’s Jewish past.


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

The closing date for applications is Monday 02 November 2020.

Interviews are expected to be held virtually late November 2020.


Queen Mary is committed to equality of opportunities and to advancing BAME and women’s careers. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit, we particularly welcome applications from BAME candidates and from women.



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