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JOB- Research Assistant, Project on Islam and Politics in Eurasia, Harvard Univ.

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JOB- Research Assistant, Project on Islam and Politics in Eurasia, Harvard U.

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Title: Part-Time Research Assistant (II)
Requisition Number: 34519
School / Unit: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department: Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Location: Cambridge, Mass.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Project on "Islam and Politics in Eurasia" is a research and
public information project seeking to develop a clear analysis of the
changing role of Islam and the region and its implications for the
region's political future, as well as to disseminate understanding of
this to policy-makers, opinion-leaders and the general public. The
project involves research in the field, library research, preparation
and dissemination of publications, and engagement with the target
audience through the conferences, the internet and other means.

The Research Assistant provides assistance to the project director in
administrative and research tasks. Specific responsibilities include,
but are not limited to: Research for the project: gathering of
materials from library, internet and other sources, review and
analysis of research materials, management of databases, contribution
to write-up of research analysis; Preparation of publications in print
and web formats: editing and formatting of materials for publication
(originating from conference presenters and research project team
members), translation or correction of translation of materials for
publication, layout and preparation of print publications, web-editing
of web publications; Administrative work for conference and meeting
planning and preparation: handling logistical arrangements such as
travel, visa arrangements, meeting rooms, hotel accommodations, meals,
and conference materials, publicity of conferences, including
preparation of publicity materials, handling its distribution,
correspondence with conference presenters and attendees;
Administration of project's finances: processing of charges and
payments for project expenditures, administration of project's
budgetary procedures, preparation of materials for project's financial
reporting; Project office and administration tasks: support to the
project director in administration of pragmatics of work in the
project team, including correspondence, administrative arrangements
such as establishing contracts, coordinating the research agenda,
collecting research materials, and sharing research results,
maintenance of contact database, producing mailings, handling
correspondence and queries, general management and distribution of
project's informational outputs. The research assistant will travel to
the region at least once during the term of the project to support a
project meeting; additional travel to the region to support research
is dependent upon the skills and abilities of the person filling the
position. The position will start out at 17.5 hours per week with a
strong potential for an increase in hours over time.

Required Education, Experience and Skills:

Knowledge of Russian or other languages of the former Soviet Muslim
world (Azerbaijan, Daghestan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Tatarstan,
Uzbekistan), knowledge of and interest in Islam and former Soviet
Union, strong computer skills (MS Office, database experience,
internet based applications), one to two years research experience,
ability to learn quickly and write well. Post-bachelor's degree
education preferred.

Please note that this position is available only to a candidate who is
located in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area or is willing/able to
relocate to here on her/his own, and who is eligible to work in the US.

To Apply:

Visit and search for
requisition no. 34519.

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