Council for British Research in the Levant
The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) is seeking to appoint a
Scholar to be based in the Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem from 1 September 2012. The
Scholarship will be for two years, subject to satisfactory performance.
The CBRL is a research organization, sponsored by the British Academy, which
conducts and supports British research in the humanities and social sciences at
postgraduate and postdoctoral level in the countries of the Levant: Cyprus, Israel,
Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. Disciplines supported by the CBRL include all
those supported by the British Academy, including anthropology, archaeology,
architectural history, art history, geography, historical studies, legal studies,
languages and literature, linguistics, music, philosophy, political science and
theology/religious studies. The Kenyon Institute is the CBRL’s research centre in
Jerusalem, occupying the former premises of the British School of Archaeology in
Jerusalem, with a role in supporting British research in Israel and the Occupied
The CBRL promotes British research in the Levant by:
providing research funding to projects and individuals,
maintaining facilities in the region for the use of researchers and field projects,
employing staff to carry out research on the region and facilitate the research of
disseminating the results of research through publications, lectures, conferences
The CBRL is constituted as a charity. It comprises some 600 subscribing members
and is managed by an elected Committee and honorary officers, including a
Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Editor of Levant, Editor of the
Bulletin, and Monographs Editor. At present the CBRL’s employed staff consist of a
CBRL Director (based in the UK), a CBRL Director (based in Amman), a Director in
the Kenyon Institute (Jerusalem), a director of Syria research (based in Amman), an
Administrative Secretary (UK), two Administrators (1 Amman, 1 Jerusalem), and
domestic staff in Amman and Jerusalem.
The CBRL Scholarship will be awarded to an individual to undertake research in
disciplines supported by the British Academy. The Scholar will also be expected to
assist the Kenyon Institute Director in certain aspects of CBRL administration.
Application is open to a holder of a Masters or PhD degree from a university in the
United Kingdom. Preference will be given to candidates who are seeking to develop
an active research interest in the area, leading to the production of a publication. The
proposed research may be in any of the disciplines or subject areas supported by the
CBRL. Applicants must have been awarded a Masters or PhD at the time of
The principal responsibility of the Scholar will be to complete a programme of
research relating to Jerusalem, Israel or the Palestinian Territories. Research will be
conducted according to a research plan agreed with the Kenyon Institute Director. A
product in the form of a published paper each year would be expected as a
minimum. The Scholar will be expected to work normal CBRL hours.
The Scholar will also be required to assist the Kenyon Institute Director (who is the
line manager for the Scholar) in the running of the Kenyon Institute, particularly in the
administration of the library and facilitating the research of visiting scholars. The
Scholar will be considered as a member of Kenyon Institute staff and will therefore
be assumed to be able to assist in providing office cover (taking telephone calls,
messages, dealing with simple enquiries) as part of their normal activities. The
normal weekly time to be allotted to these administrative responsibilities is 25 hours
per week. Flexibility is required and some periods might require full-time work. Extra
work time accumulated in this manner will be added to available research time.
The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with strong interpersonal skills who is well
organised, attentive to detail, and willing to participate in a variety of tasks as
needed. A keen interest in the KI’s mission and an awareness of current events in
Israel/Palestine are essential. The language used in the KI is English, but research
experience or familiarity with Arabic and/or Hebrew would be helpful.
The Scholar may not, without the prior written consent of the CBRL, engage in or
have an interest in any other business occupation or use the name or stationery of
the CBRL for purposes of self-promotion or self-advancement or to the CBRL’s
Normal working hours will be 8.30am to 5.00pm, Sunday to Thursday. Some
flexibility in working hours may be required.
In order to provide time and facilities for research, the Scholar will be allowed up to
20 working days leave of absence from the relevant Institute per annum (in addition
to the annual leave entitlement). Research leave must be applied for to the Kenyon
Institute Director and must be related to an agreed research plan.
Remuneration and Benefits
The Scholar will receive a Scholarship of £8,000 per annum, payable in £ sterling by
equal monthly installments on the last day of each calendar month.
The Scholar will be provided with free accommodation in a single-occupancy room,
with the cost of heating, lighting, and other domestic expenses (other than food and
drink) reasonably incurred being paid by the CBRL.
The CBRL will also pay the premiums of a medical and travel insurance policy.
The CBRL will provide a return air ticket between the UK and the Kenyon Institute for
each year of employment. Removals expenses between the UK and the Institute
incurred at the beginning and the end of the contract will be reimbursed by the CBRL
up to a total not exceeding £500.
The Scholar is entitled to use of telephones and fax at cost price, free email and
WWW access, and free use of computers. Visas and all residency requirements are
funded by CBRL.
The Scholar will be entitled with full remuneration to local public holidays as notified
by CBRL and to a further 20 days holiday in each year beginning 1 April, to be taken
at such times as shall be agreed with the Kenyon Institute Director. Such holiday
entitlement may not be carried forward from one year to the next without the prior
agreement of the Kenyon Institute Director.
How to apply
Complete the CBRL Scholar Application form available to download here
[hotlink or website address];
Provide a writing sample (i.e. an article, conference paper or PhD chapter)
Include a short covering letter (i.e. no more than one page) explaining why
you are the best candidate for the position.
Applications should be sent to Penny McParlin by e-mail to email@example.com
to arrive no later than 28th May 2012.
In addition, the candidate should also arrange for two references, commenting
on his/her academic and administrative abilities, to be sent direct to
firstname.lastname@example.org also by 28th May 2012. The reference forms are available to
download here [hotlink or website address]. Please note that CBRL does not
chase missing references.
Please do not contact us by telephone. Because of the volume of applications,
only those selected for interview will be notified. Your ability to pay attention to
detail will be judged in part by how well you follow the application instructions.
It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Monday 25th June in London.