Postdoctoral Research Associate, 3 Year Fixed Term Contract

University of Chester


This post is part of a three-year funded project entitled ‘Muslims, the Secular and Existential Risk’ which is funded by Templeton Religion Trust and led by Dr Caroline Tee. The project will explore how Muslim communities engage questions of existential risk facing humanity in the 21st century, drawing on comparative Anglophone and Francophone case studies and integrating disciplinary perspectives from Social Anthropology and Islamic Studies (Theology). 

The post-holder will work as part of a team of six researchers. They will design and carry out extended ethnographic fieldwork in a Francophone European country and will work with the wider project team to analyse, write up, present, and disseminate the project’s findings. 

The postholder will hold a PhD in social anthropology or a closely related discipline, with a focus on contemporary Muslim societies. They will be a fluent French speaker with a good familiarity with the social, religious, and political dimensions of modern France and/or Belgium. They will have experience of designing and executing ethnographic fieldwork with Muslims and will have a strong publication record in the field of the anthropology of Islam.

We encourage applications from a diverse range of applicants. 

Candidates may download further details from our website at and apply for the post via our Online Recruitment Website quoting reference number NRA753.

Closing date: Monday 27th November 2023.

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