Faculty Position in Islamic Ethics (Open Rank)

 Faculty Position in Islamic Ethics (Open Rank)

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), was founded in 2010 to continue fulfilling QF’s vision of unlocking human potential. HBKU is a homegrown research and graduate studies University that acts as a catalyst for positive transformation in Qatar and the region while having a global impact.

The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at HBKU was founded with a vision to be a beacon for contemporary Islamic scholarship and thought. It serves as a platform for meaningful intellectual and cultural dialogue on Islam and Muslims, addressing pressing questions facing Muslim communities locally and globally. Through its postgraduate programs and research centers, CIS aims to advance the understanding of Islam and Muslims, nurturing graduates capable of thriving in a rapidly evolving world.

The Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE) stands as a pioneering and distinctive institution globally, specializing in the broad field of Islamic Ethics, encompassing both its theoretical underpinnings and its practical applications. Renowned for its academic leadership and extensive network of international collaborators, CILE has spearheaded numerous initiatives in research and related endeavors within the field. Collaborating with esteemed institutions worldwide, CILE has convened numerous international conferences, research seminars, symposia, and major international events. In partnership with Brill, a distinguished publisher in Islamic Studies, CILE established the Scopus-Indexed Journal of Islamic Ethics and the book series “Studies in Islamic Ethics”. On the educational front, the CIS launched the groundbreaking M.A. program in Applied Islamic Ethics in 2019—the first of its kind. CILE’s research and education endeavors are motivated by a quest to explore how Islam, as a world religion with a profound moral tradition, engages with and enriches the global discourse on morality. Rooted in interdisciplinary approaches, CILE's activities delve into both theoretical and applied ethics within the Islamic moral framework, as well as within other religious and secular ethical frameworks.


The Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE) is currently seeking to recruit a new faculty member (open rank - Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) whose strong background in Islamic Studies will bring fresh perspectives and initiate new research areas to expand CILE's current scope. This includes integrating theoretical and applied Islamic ethics across disciplines such as Islamic theology, philosophy, adab, environmentalism, psychology, art, migration, and human rights.

The successful candidate will enhance the discipline’s research strengths by securing research funding and regularly publishing in prestigious journals. Additionally, they will contribute to teaching courses within the M.A. program as necessary.

Job Role Description

  • Demonstrate a track record of conducting and publishing original research in top-ranked academic publications. Depending on the rank, candidates should have a proven ability to produce high-quality scholarly work commensurate with their experience and expertise.
  • Prepare and submit research proposals aligned with the CIS and CILE research agenda to secure competitive funding from national, regional, and international agencies. Candidates at higher ranks should demonstrate a strong ability to secure research funding.
  • Actively participate in academic gatherings, and where appropriate, lead research-related events such as seminars and conferences to foster collaborations with relevant research institutes. Leadership roles in academic gatherings may be expected from candidates at higher ranks.
  • Teach or co-teach courses within the M.A. program in Applied Islamic Ethics as needed.
  • Assist in supervising (post)graduate students, providing guidance, and support in their research endeavors.
  • Serve on the center’s and college’s committees, contributing to institutional governance and strategic planning.
  • Collaborate with faculty members on research projects, reports, and papers aimed at peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences.
  • Assist in developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure research quality meets accreditation standards. Higher-ranking candidates may take a lead role in policy development and implementation.
  • Mentor junior staff, overseeing their research design and activities, and guiding as needed. This responsibility may increase for candidates at higher ranks.
  • Contribute to the development of research strategy, survey methodologies, and data analysis alongside other team members, particularly in areas combining Islamic studies and social sciences.
  • Oversee fieldwork protocols, supervise fieldwork implementation, and ensure accurate documentation and reporting to produce reliable data, especially in projects integrating Islamic studies with social sciences.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Ph.D. degree in Islamic studies or a relevant field of study from an accredited university, as required for conducting research and teaching in Islamic ethics. Candidates at higher ranks should demonstrate additional scholarly achievements and contributions to the field.
  • Proficiency in both Arabic and English is essential for both academic writing and teaching. Candidates at higher ranks may be expected to demonstrate advanced language skills to engage with diverse audiences.
  • 5-10 years of relevant work experience commensurate with the rank applied for (assistant, associate, or full professor) at an accredited international university. Evidence of increasing professional maturity and productivity should align with the candidate's rank.
  • Proven record of research and publications as a leading author, demonstrating competence and adequacy relative to peers active in the same field at major research universities. Candidates at higher ranks should exhibit a more substantial and impactful publication record.
  • Excellent writing skills, capable of drafting and editing various written reports and communications. The ability to articulate ideas clearly and concisely in both English and Arabic languages is essential for effective communication. Candidates at higher ranks may be expected to demonstrate exceptional writing skills and scholarly communication abilities.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a complete application package, including their CV, cover letter, research statement, teaching statement, and the names and full contact information of three referees, through the following link. Please clearly indicate the rank you are applying for in your cover letter.


Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.


HBKU offers an attractive compensation package that includes a tax-free salary and additional benefits such as an accommodation allowance, annual paid leave, and medical insurance.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University is an equal opportunity educator and employer. We are committed to maintaining culturally and academically diverse staff of the highest caliber.