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Job Opportunity: Research Assistant on India at the British Museum

Research Assistant at the British Museum [1]

An opportunity has arisen at the British Museum [2], London, an ASEMUS member, for a Research Assistant focusing specifically on the ‘Cultural History of India’ [3]for the exciting ‘Beyond Boundaries’ project [4] which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

The post-holder will be expected to conduct research on the archaeological and textual material covered by the project and produce a substantial peer-reviewed publication, to appear by the end of the project. The job-holder will also be responsible for the preparation of databases relevant to the project and have specialist knowledge of Indian history and culture.

Educated to PhD level, in Indian or South Asian studies, the post-holder will have demonstrable experience of having previously worked in a research-based and/or teaching position in religious studies and/or South Asian studies. He/she will also have demonstrable ability to plan and write scholarly work and will be required to productively interact with research partners and colleagues in Europe and Asia.

As an excellent communicator, the post-holder will have the ability to speak publicly about research. He/she will also be able to show that you have an active record of writing peer-reviewed publications, with clear promise of productivity ahead.

The “Beyond Boundaries” research project aims to delineate and assess the significance of the Gupta Age and its pan-Asian impacts. From about 320 to 550 CE, the Gupta dynasty dominated South Asia. The period of the Guptas was marked by relative political stability and an astonishing florescence in every field of endeavour. Sometimes characterized as a ‘Golden Age’, this was a pivotal moment in Asian history.

Viewed through modern intellectual, geographical and political boundaries the diverse cultures, complex polities and varied networks of the Gupta period – from the Tarim basin to Burma and beyond – remain specialist subjects. The aim of this project is to move beyond these boundaries for the first time and so recover this profoundly influential civilisation.

The British Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package.

Applications for this post should be sent by 14 July. For additional information, please follow this link [3].