University of London -School of Advanced Study

The Role
The Institute is seeking to appoint a two-year postdoctoral fellow in any humanities or cognate social science discipline (except language and literature) in the field of Latin American Studies, which includes the Caribbean. The appointee should have a demonstrated capacity for academic research and a research agenda which involves interdisciplinary and collaborative work. S/he will have a proposed research project which can be completed within the two-year tenure of the post.S/he will be expected to play a role in enhancing the ILAS’s profile in research facilitation and promotion through the development of networks, seminar programmes, workshops, and conferences/symposia, and in contributing to its publication programme. The appointee may be expected contribute to research methods and training programmes, but the emphasis of the post is on research and research facilitation and promotion, rather than teaching.

A detailed description of the duties and responsibilities of the post is provided in the enclosed job specification, which includes a person specification detailing the key skills and personal qualities required of the postholder.

About The Department
The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) was established in 1965 following a government review conducted by the historian Professor John H. Parry that identified a national need to develop Latin American studies in the UK. The Parry Report initiated a ten-year programme aimed at developing the field focussing on the creation of five centres of Latin American studies at Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow and London, after which other significant centres emerged at Essex and Warwick among others. The Institute of Latin American Studies became the flagship for the discipline. In terms of the library, it housed the main reference collection for the UK and was at the forefront of coordinating Latin American studies libraries in the UK, publishing regular handbooks on Latin American studies, as well as lists of degree programmes and theses in progress. It has also been the administrative home of the Journal of Latin American Studies since it was established in 1969.
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Further Information
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is at midnight on Wednesday, 4 June 2014.
The University offers membership to the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS).
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