Bourse post-doctorale: Researcher in Islamic Manuscripts of Sumatra, SOAS University of London (lim. 5 oct. 2020)

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SOAS University of London




£37,360 to £43,886 (Inclusive of London Allowance)


Full Time

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4th September 2020


5th October 2020

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Contract Type: 3 years Fixed-term

Location: Bloomsbury, London

Hours: 35 per week 

We are seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Researcher (PDR) in Islamic Manuscripts of Sumatra to contribute full time for three years on the Leverhulme Research Leadership Award project, “Mapping Sumatra’s Manuscript Cultures.” 

 About the Role 

In this role, you will be responsible for co-leading Case Study 1 (Acehnese private collections digitised in EAP329), including the following deliverables: 

  • Research and writing of an article on the manuscripts from this case study;
  • Project website development and provision, including database and website design, organising manuscript digitisation, developing the online Jawi teaching module, and collation and analysis of manuscript metadata;
  • Assisting the PI in running the community-sourcing element of the project, including conducting outreach events, either in South East Asia or online;
  • Assisting in organising and running the workshop in Year 2 of the project, and in producing the resulting publication;
  • Contributing to research and dissemination related to the project’s other case studies;
  • Collaborating with the PI on producing finished transcriptions and editions of key texts. 

You will be expected to conduct field and archive research as necessary, of about two-three months during the duration of the project. Additional travel may be required to help disseminate the work and results of the project at related workshops and conferences. 

You will need to support the Principal Investigator in realising the overall vision for the project, to demonstrate creativity and initiative, and to work effectively and collaboratively with other members of the team. 

About you 

Ideally you will

  • Hold a PhD, or be very close to completion of a PhD, in a relevant subject (i.e. philology, codicology, textual or literary analysis, history and/or ethnography utilising Islamic manuscripts in Malay and/or Arabic and/or other relevant languages).
  • Demonstrate evidence of excellent analytical skills in PhD thesis and other publications
  • Show a clear understanding of the culture and environment of a research-intensive university or similar research or enterprise organisation
  • Have specialist knowledge of and interest in Islam and manuscript studies in South East Asia, including advanced proficiency in Indonesian/Malay
  • Be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing in English and Indonesian/Malay
  • Have advanced proficiency in Arabic
  • Have experience working on digital humanities projects, or willingness to learn the necessary skills
  • Show evidence of the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, students and external funders. 

How to Apply 

To apply, please upload a copy of your CV and supporting statement in one document. Please also include a copy of one recent publication, ideally as a single author. Further information can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities.  

Closing date: Monday 5th October 2020

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date of to be considered. 

 Interviews will be held: w/c  19th October 2020 

Further information 

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Dr Mulaika Hijjas (

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

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Enki Baptiste

Doctorant en Histoire médiévale (Université Lumière Lyon 2 - CIHAM UMR 5648 / CEFAS USR 3141)

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