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• Five positions at the Geography Department, Soran University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Three permanent geography lectureships at Soran University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Job title: Lecturer in Human Geography

Starting date: Flexible

Application closing date: 28.02.2014

Salary: US$3000.00 per month (the salary is tax free. The position includes free accommodation and relocation expenses)


Job Description:

Currently Soran University, a young and fast developing university in the autonomous Kurdistan Region, Iraq, is in the process of developing a research group as part of the Geography Department that will be focusing on two main research strands.

First, the geostrategic situation of the Kurdistan Region, including the issue of being a landlocked nation in a region amidst insecurity and conflict, as well as the nature of the developing (oil and gas based) Turkish-Kurdish Regional Government partnership.

Second, possible internal institutional structures that help not only to avoid the ‘curse’ of oil price volatility, but to solidify democratic structures.


Researchers interested in those or related strands are welcome to apply. We explicitly encourage applications from motivated early career scholars. The research group will enable its members to conduct research on an international level, with funding for participation in international conferences. Teaching and other non-research responsibilities at the Geography Department are flexible and will be individually designed around ongoing research projects. Teaching will be in English. The main purpose of the research group is to develop a research profile in geopolitics and security around natural resources and energy policy, to publish research in international peer-reviewed journals and to supervise PhD students. The advertised positions will be permanent (for administrative reasons all contracts officially run for one year, but will be renewed upon request).


Unlike the rest of the country, the Kurdistan region is secure. In the last ten years there have been no civilian casualties due to terror attacks. There have been no incidences of attacks or threats directed at foreigners.  Direct flights to Europe and the Gulf link the Kurdistan Region directly to the outside world. Interested candidates should feel free to contact Dr. Till Paasche ( informally if there are any questions regarding the position, the university, or life in the region.


For further details on the University and the region, see­­-­­­


Main duties:


– Develop your own geographical research projects in coordination with the research group leader

– Collaborate on original research with other staff from the research group

– Publish research in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals and present research at conferences

– Participate in the drafting of grant applications



– Recruitment and Supervision of PhD students

– Teaching in the undergraduate programme of the Geography Department including appropriate assessment etc.

– Support the curriculum development together with the Head of the Department and the research group leader

– Organisation of methodology workshops for local staff

– Provide guidance and advice to other staff and students



– Undertake required administrative duties

– Other duties appropriate to the post as required by the research group leader and the head of the department


Essential criteria:

– PhD in Geography or related discipline

– Record of high quality publications appropriate with stage of career

– Ability to develop research that corresponds with the interest of the research group

– Teaching experience

– Ability to work as part of a team

– Good organizational skills

– Ability to meet required deadlines


Desired criteria:

– Experience in the supervision of PhD students

– Writing grant applications

– Experience in curriculum development

– Experience in interdisciplinary research


For the application please send your CV, a cover letter, the names and contact details of two referees to We will only contact the referees of those applicants who are being shortlisted.



Two PhD studentships at Soran University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Please note that only Iraqi passport holders are eligible for the studentship.


The Geography Department at Soran University announces a PhD studentship ( We welcome applications from students with Master degrees interested in Kurdish oil and gas geopolitics. Being landlocked, the Kurdistan Region, Iraq faces the critical challenge of making its oil and gas available to international markets. The geopolitical situation in the region indicates that the most likely export route for the KRG’s oil and gas is via the resource hungry Turkey. However, the KRG’s relations with Turkey are not without differences and such co-operation needs careful assessment. The studentship offers an opportunity to analyse this relationship, its implications for the Turkish-PKK peace process, increasing PYD led autonomy in Turkey, as well as possible alternative export routes for Kurdish crude oil and gas.


After completion of the PhD programme, the candidate is required to teach at the University of Soran as a member of staff (position: Lecturer of Human Geography) in the Geography Department for a minimum of four years.


The studentship that runs for four years is part of the new split-site PhD programme meaning that the successful candidate will have an internal supervisor at Soran University (Dr. Till Paasche) and an external supervisor outside Iraq. In this case Professor James D. Sidaway at the Geography Department, National University of Singapore, will take on this role (


Successful candidate are required/have the opportunity to spend one year at the National University of Singapore to work on their PhD and engage with Singapore’s vibrant academic community.


General admission requirements: A Maters degree in (Human) Geography or any related discipline. An English language certificate (TOFEL score of 550 (PB) IELTS (academic) band score of 6). Lower scores may be accepted as conditional split-site candidates. The required English language certificate must be obtained within one year. During the first phase of the PhD the candidate has the opportunity to do intensive English courses at the CLAD language centre associated with Soran University.


For the application please send your CV, a cover letter, the names and contact details of two referees and a one page research proposal to (please merge the documents into one single pdf-file). We will only contact the referees of those applicants who are being shortlisted.

Closing Date for Applications: 28.02.2014


If you have any questions about the studentship please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Till Paasche (

• Postdoctoral Fellowship – Ben-Gurion University

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ben-Gurion University


Geopolitics and Border Studies


Date/duration: 24 month fellowships starting March 2014 or October 2014 (negotiable within this period)

Deadline for Applications: 31 January 2014

The post doctoral fellow will have a Ph.D in any of the following fields: Political Science, International Relations, Geography (Political  Geography speciality preferable but others may also apply).

He / She will work with Professor David Newman in the Department of Politics and Government,  assist in the establishment of the new Chair in Geopolitics, work as part of a research team which focusses on ongoing projects relating to Borders and Territory. In particular the FP7 project on Euroborderscapes and other international consortium work in this area. The Fellow may also become involved in the ongoing management of the editorial review process of  the journal, Geopolitics.

We are especially interested in the ability to think conceptually about borders within a comparative perspective. Interest in, and knowledge of, the Israel-Palestine case study is useful but not essential. We are NOT looking for someone who is only interested in the Israel / Palestine arena.

The fellows must have their PhD submitted by the January 2013 (for post doc to commence in March) or  August 2014 (for commencement in October).


The Fellowship will be for a period of two years (24 months) and will be to the value of $20,000 each year. The Fellow will be expected to establish a research base at Ben Gurion University and to commit to working at the university for a minimum of three full days per week. Preference will be given to candidates who are prepared to commit to working at the university during the entire week.


The following materials should be submitted:

–       CV and list of publications;

–       Proposal for a postdoctoral project;

–       Transcripts of degrees and other relevant material;

–       Two letters of reference.


Please send your application to the following address:


Professor David Newman

Dean, faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ben Gurion University

Beer Sheba, Israel 84105


Application package can be sent by email to:

• Post Doctoral Research Associate – Durham

Post Doctoral Research Associate


Job Description


Durham University seeks to employ a full-time Research Associate to contribute to the work of IBRU, an interdisciplinary consultancy, training, and academic research entity based in Durham University’s Department of Geography. IBRU combines core competencies at the intersection of political geography and comparative and public international law with critical perspectives on borders and bordering. The Research Associate will contribute to ongoing research, conference, and publication projects being undertaken or proposed by IBRU as well as initiating her or his own projects that fall within IBRU’s thematic remit. The Research Associate will contribute to the development and preparation of research grant applications, journal articles and other academic outputs. Additionally, depending on the Research Associate’s skills and experience, the Research Associate may contribute to IBRU’s consultancy and training activities in boundary delimitation, demarcation, and dispute resolution. IBRU is particularly interested in candidates who would complement existing staff interests in maritime regions and other domains that incorporate extraterritorial spaces and activities, as well as in forging links between political geographic and international law perspectives. Interviews will be held in mid-late February, with a start date as soon as possible thereafter. This is a two-year, fixed-term appointment.
More details HERE

• PhD Position European and Transnational Studies University of Amsterdam

PhD Position European and Transnational Studies

University of Amsterdam


The research cluster European and Transnational Studies combines both humanities and social science-based approaches to the study of Europe and other world regions, and the relations between them. Research in this domain engages with political, intellectual and institutional cultures in their national as well as transnational dimensions, as well as questions of cultural, linguistic and religious identities, and the changing representations of these in music, art and literature.


For information and procedure  please check:

• Urban Planning and Sustainability – Ohio University

The Department of Geography at Ohio University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Urban Planning and Sustainability at the rank of Assistant Professor effective August 2014. The candidate must be committed to excellent teaching, developing an externally funded research program, and play a vital role the department’s Urban Planning and Environmental Geography tracks. We are seeking an urban geographer with a solid research and teaching agenda in planning and sustainability. The ability to teach an environmental planning course is required and the candidate is expected to contribute to the department’s emphasis on sustainability. Technical skills in geospatial analysis (GIS, Cartography or Geovisualization) would be considered an asset. The finalist should also possess a commitment to take a leadership role in mentoring undergraduate students majoring in geography and advising geography master’s students focusing on urban geography, planning, and sustainability. A Ph.D. in Geography or an allied field at the time of appointment is required.


Ohio University is a four-year Research-Extensive public institution of approximately 20,000 students located in Athens, a progressive community situated in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. The Department of Geography currently has 14 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members, 170 undergraduate majors and 17 master’s students, and offers a range of degree programs including environmental geography, GISc, urban planning, environmental pre-law, and meteorology. The department enjoys excellent teaching, research, IT, and administrative support for its activities, and faculty have an active role in the Baltimore Long-Term Ecological Research project. Department faculty members also work closely with the graduate and undergraduate programs in Environmental Studies.


The completed online application must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, separate research and teaching statements, and the names and contact information for three professional references. For more information please visit us online at Ohio University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and we seek a candidate with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Applications from women and persons from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged. For full consideration please apply by December 6, 2013.


To apply: apply online at: Questions may be directed to: Dr. James Dyer, Chair, Department of Geography, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979. Voice: 740-593-1138. Fax: 740-593-1139. E-mail:

• Two Faculty Positions, Florida State University

Florida State University.
The Department of Geography invites applications for TWO faculty positions to begin August 2014.
POSITION 1: tenure-track Assistant Professor in Political Geography.
The successful applicant will be expected to pursue research, secure external funding, and teach in one or more of the following areas: environmental conflict and conservation, political ecology, development issues, governance of natural resources, environmental policy.
POSITION 2: tenure-track Assistant Professor in GIScience.
The successful applicant will be expected to pursue research and secure external funding in GIScience with a desired (but not limited) emphasis on applications, such as access to healthcare, transportation, issues linked to aging, and environmental conservation and policy. They are also expected to teach technical courses such as GIS programming, spatial databases, and/or geovisualization.
For each, salary and benefits are highly competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A PhD in geography or a related area is required. Send ONE pdf attachment (that includes letter of application, CV and names and contact details of 3 referees) to Dr. Victor Mesev ( by October 31, 2013. Florida State University is an equal opportunity employer.

• Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Human Geography, University of Hawaii

We are conducting an open search for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Human Geography with a specialization in geopolitics or environmental governance. The application deadline is October 1. The full ad on the AAG jobs site is here
Applications can be submitted online here:
Krisna Suryanata ( is chairing the search, but I am happy to answer any informal questions about the position, the department (, or living in Hawai’i.

• Assistant Professor, University of Oregon

EUGENE, OREGON 97403-1251.

University of Oregon.

Tenure-track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position beginning September 2014.


The Department of Geography seeks a broadly trained Geographer with expertise in feminist geographical perspectives in relation to human-environment relations, socio-spatial change, or critical development studies.

Preference will be given to someone with the interest and ability to teach introductory, upper-division, and graduate courses, including research methods, and human geography or a world region. Applicants should have an interest in contributing to a dynamic, collaborative geography department and to work with interdisciplinary programs at the University of Oregon, such as the Center for the Study of Women in Society, Women and Gender Studies, Latin American Studies, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, African Studies, European Studies, the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, and/or Environmental Studies.

Applicants must have the ability to maintain a strong program of research, publication, and teaching.

Specific duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervising masters and doctoral students. Ph.D. required by September 2014.

Complete position announcement is available at, or contact Search Committee Chair, Shaul Cohen (

Apply on-line at; only online applications accepted.

We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity and from members of underrepresented groups.

The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To assure full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2013. Position will remain open until filled. For more information about the department, visit our webpage:

• Tenure-track assistant professorship, University of Washington

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, at the University of Washington, Seattle, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the field of US in the World to begin on September 16, 2014, contingent on budgetary approval. Applicants should be able to present evidence of social science-related scholarship and teaching related to any aspect of US foreign policy and/or US engagement politically, economically, socially, or culturally with one or more regions of the world.
The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in his or her area of specialization, as well as other comparative and international studies classes, teaching four courses per academic year over three quarters. A PhD or equivalent by date of appointment is strongly preferred. This position is a full-time, nine-month appointment. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.  Candidates with area or international studies strengths, and a PhD in History, Political Science or other social science discipline, are especially urged to apply.  Experience teaching in an online environment will be an asset. Applications will be accepted until position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by OCTOBER 31, 2013.


Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation to:


US in the World Search Committee
Jackson School of International Studies

University of Washington

Box 353650

Seattle, WA  98195-3650

• Political geography position at Indiana University

The Department of Geography invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Political Geography as part of a series of strategic hires in the department. Candidates should show substantive engagement with theory and we are particularly interested in an empirical focus on gender, ethnicity, or race in urban environments. Teaching duties include both undergraduate and graduate courses. Applicants should have or expect to receive the doctoral degree by August 2014. Applications received by October 15, 2013 are guaranteed full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

Applicants should submit a letter of application describing research and teaching interests, c.v., and up to four representative publications. Three letters of reference should be submitted separately. Apply: “Political Geography”. Candidates should direct any questions to Dr. Daniel Knudsen, Chair, Department of Geography, Indiana University, 701 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405-6101, USA or with the subject line “Political Geography Application”. Indiana
University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution  M/F/D. The university promotes cultural diversity with regard to  gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation and religion.

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