Applications sought: 2-year full-time consultant for Understanding “Buddhist nationalism” in Myanmar

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Applications sought: 2-year full-time consultant for Understanding “Buddhist nationalism” in Myanmar

19 July 2016

The Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford is looking for an academic consultant providing research support to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded project “Understanding ‘Buddhist nationalism’ in Myanmar: Religion, Gender, Identity and Conflict in a Political Transition.” The project is directed by Dr Matthew J Walton and the Oxford-based research team includes Dr Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi. The consultant will be expected to support the research team’s activities in Myanmar in various ways.

The work will be undertaken outside the UK and will consist of collecting, organizing and sharing data with the research team (including books, journals, DVDs, and other media); completing transcriptions and rough translations of collected data; supporting the research team in planning and organizing field research; occasionally conducting interviews for the project; leading in organizing regular consultation and dissemination meetings; occasionally contributing to the research team’s scholarly and media outputs; and submitting quarterly progress reports to the Director.

The successful candidate will have professional competency in both English and Burmese (written and spoken) and be able to complete rough translations of material from Burmese to English. S/he will have experience supporting research projects and ideally some experience in conducting research. The candidate will be organized and responsive, with a high level of attention to detail and an ability to engage delicately with sensitive topics. S/he must be comfortable interacting with government officials and high-ranking religious figures.

The works will be undertaken outside the UK and, ideally the consultant will be based in Yangon (Myanmar), although candidates based in other major cities in Myanmar will be considered. The successful applicant will be required to provide the University with a copy of an adequate professional indemnity insurance policy on request.

This contract will be full time commencing as soon as possible and ending on 31 July 2018. 

Full details can be found here.