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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Salary: £33,309-£40,927

The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Sanskrit Studies. This is a fixed term post of two years. The post will be funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Grant from September, 2022 until August, 2024.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work in the research team of the Leverhulme-funded project "An Intellectual History of Late Vedanta (1750-1900)" under the direction of Dr Vincenzo Vergiani. This project, which began in September, 2021, is the first large-scale investigation of the late history (1750-1900) of Advaita Vedanta, a long-lived and influential tradition of Sanskrit philosophical theology whose development has continued up to this day in India. It combines the philological analysis of selected manuscript sources and editions with a historiographical approach in order to reconstruct the scholarly networks sustaining the late production and circulation of Advaita Vedanta works and ideas, and identify its key figures, centres of learning, and topics of speculation and debate.

  • Key activities associated with the role include:
    • contribute to the survey of late Advaita Vedanta works undertaken in the project and input data into the project's database of works and authors;
    • participate in the project team's readings of late Advaita Vedanta works;
    • read and transcribe manuscripts;
    • conduct independent research on one or more prominent late Advaita Vedanta scholars, and publish this in the form of academic papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Applicants must have:
    • A PhD in the field of Sanskrit Studies.
    • Expertise in Sanskrit Sastric literature, preferably in the field of Vedanta.
    • Expertise in Indian philosophy and in South Asian intellectual history generally.
    • Basic IT skills (Microsoft Office etc.) and the ability to acquire other technical skills quickly where necessary.
    • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
    • Excellent organisational and time-management skills, including initiative and ability to maintain a high level of research productivity.
    • A demonstrable commitment to working in a team.
    • Knowledge of modern Indian languages (Neo-Indo-Aryan and/or Dravidian) and some familiarity with the social history of the region would be an advantage

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Further Information.

To apply for this vacancy, you must use the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. 

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online applications together with the contact details for two referees. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Monday, 13th December, 2021. We expect to hold interviews in the week commencing 10th January, 2022 subject to change.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Vincenzo Vergiani, at For queries about the application process, please contact Molly Carrick, HR Coordinator, at

Please quote reference GU28900 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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