Positions

Visiting Researcher

Apply to Become a Visiting Researcher

MECACS welcomes applications from academics and practitioners to join MECACS as a Visiting Researcher for a minimum period of one month up to one academic year. Applicants from an academic background should either be current PhD candidates or hold a PhD in a relevant area.

MECACS offers Visiting Researchers access to our network of scholars and an intellectually rich environment in the affiliated Schools. Visiting Researchers will have access to a workspace and to the University Library and its resources. They are also welcome to attend seminars and events hosted by Schools in their fields of interest.  During their stay, Visiting Researchers will be expected to contribute to an event and the MECACS blog.

MECACS cannot offer any funding to Visiting Researchers but will support applications for external funding for candidates who have been admitted as a Visiting Researcher.

Applications can be made on a rolling basis. To apply, please send a CV (maximum 2 pages), research proposal (maximum 3 pages) and a cover letter detailing how you would benefit from and contribute to the research environment at MECACS to mecacs@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Research Associates

Applying to Become a Research Associate

The position of Research Associate is currently only open to those with existing connections with St Andrews such as former PhD students, staff and Visiting Researchers. Research Associates are not likely to be located in St Andrews but are expected to support the research environment through collaborative research, participating in events (where possible) and contributing to the MECACS blog. The position is for two years with the option to extend and is available on a rolling basis. MECACS cannot provide any funding to Research Associates but will support applications by Research Associates for external funding.

To apply, please send a CV (maximum 2 pages), a cover letter detailing how you would benefit from and contribute to the research environment at MECACS to mecacs@st-andrews.ac.uk. Please also arrange for a MECACS staff member to send a letter of support to mecacs@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Internships

MECACS has up to three internships available for current students. These paid one year positions run from the start of each academic year. Details on the positions and how to apply will be posted in September each year.

Internships available for 2020-2021

Intern 1 Role: Seminar Reports (open to Honours and PGT students studying in the School of IR)

  • To liaise with seminar speakers who wish to provide a blog related to their presentation to be posted on the MECACS website.
  • When the above is not available, to liaise with student attendees at the weekly MECACS seminars to produce a report on the talk which will be posted as a blog on the MECACS website.

Intern 2 Role: Blog Administrative Duties (open to Honours and PGT students studying in the School of IR)

  • To work with the MECACS director to produce a schedule for contributions to the MECACS blog
  • Act as the first point of contact for queries relating to blog contributions
  • To work with contributors to develop the blog in the required format
  • To regularly attend MECACS seminars
  • To conduct occasional interviews with experts
  • To work with the MECACS director and the other MECACS interns to achieve these tasks

Intern 3 Role: Website Updates (open to PGT/PGR students studying in the School of IR)

  • Act as the first point of contact for receiving information to be posted on to the website
  • Add website material as required
  • To participate in MECACS events
  • To work with the MECACS director, other MECACS interns and School of IR administrators to achieve these tasks

To apply, please email a one page CV and two page cover letter indicating the post(s) you are applying for, detailing your interest in the topics covered by MECACS, indicating relevant experience and outlining ideas you have for the role to mecacs@st-andrews.ac.uk by 12 noon on the 25th September 2020. Please also arrange for an academic reference to be emailed to mecacs@st-andrews.ac.uk by the same date.  Preference will be given to students enrolled in a 2020-21 module covering the Middle East, Caucasus or Central Asia.  A panel will shortlist applicants and hold online interviews with the aim to start the position by mid-October.