Vacancy: University Assistant (post doc) in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Cultures (University of Vienna)

Date of event:   27/06/2021 − 27/06/2021

Position: University Assistant (post doc) in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Cultures
Duration of employment: 6 year/s
Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Deadline: 27 June 2021
Institution: Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

The Department of East Asian Studies (Sinology section) seeks to appoint a University Assistant (post-doc) position in modern and contemporary Chinese cultures of the duration of 6 years. The advertised position is situated within the team of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rossella Ferrari. The successful candidate is expected to take up appointment on 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are invited from scholars working on topics related to the modern and contemporary cultures of China and the Sinophone region since the twentieth century. Possible areas of expertise include literature, popular culture and media, art history and visual cultures, cultural and intellectual history, and cultural studies. Expertise in more than one region (e. g. China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, diaspora, inter-Asia) is especially welcome.

Applicants will hold a doctorate (PhD) in Chinese/Asian Studies or related disciplines with a humanities focus. They will have an outstanding record of, or clear potential for, world-leading research and publications and proven experience of conducting research in China and the Chinese-speaking region. The successful candidate must have excellent Chinese- and English-language skills (oral and written). Professional working proficiency in German is strongly desired.

The successful candidate will be expected to work on an independent research programme, contribute publications and other relevant scholarly outputs, and help organize academic events (e.g., seminars, workshops, conferences). They will seek opportunities to obtain research funding and participate in third-party funding applications. They will be expected to design and teach courses in the “History and Society” and/or “Literature and Culture” strands of the Chinese Studies curriculum and take on administrative duties.

Job Description:

  • Active participation in research, teaching, and administration
  • Development and strengthening of an independent research profile
  • Involvement in research projects and third-party funding applications
  • Production of international publications (a book or a portfolio of articles/chapters) and other scholarly outputs
  • Participation in international conferences
  • Participation in the organization of symposia, workshops, conferences, and other academic activities
  • Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement (average of 2 courses per semester)
  • Supervision of students
  • Participation in examination and evaluation activities and quality assurance
  • Involvement in departmental administration as well as teaching and research administration

The candidate must have:

  • Doctorate (PhD) in Chinese/Asian Studies or a related humanities’ discipline with a focus on China and the Chinese-speaking region
  • Outstanding academic record or evidence of clear promise in the relevant subject field
  • Publications in the relevant subject field
  • Advanced competence of research methods and academic writing in the relevant subject field
  • Experience in conducting research in the region or regions of expertise
  • Experience of working on research projects
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken Chinese
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Experience of university teaching
  • Experience in student support
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • IT skills

In addition, the successful candidate should have:

  • Very good knowledge of written and spoken German
  • Publications in renowned subject-relevant outlets (e.g. international peer-reviewed journals)
  • Track record of international presentations/conference participation
  • Experience of third-party funding applications
  • Experience of e-learning
  • Experience of university administration
  • Experience of student supervision

Application Documents

  • Letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)
  • Academic curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a list of taught courses, a list of conference presentations and talks given, and (if applicable) details of third-party funding applications
  • Description of research interests and research agenda for the duration of the employment period (max. 3 pages)
  • Copies of academic certificates
  • Evidence of experience in course design and teaching
  • A recent scientific publication and/or summary of PhD dissertation
  • Contact details of three referees
  • if available: proof of language proficiency (Chinese/English/German), other relevant academic and professional qualifications

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 27.06.2021, mentioning reference number 12078. For further information please contact Kraxner, Katinka +43-1-4277-43840, Ferrari, Rossella +43-1-4277-43854.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

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