Postdoctoral Researcher Archaeology and Material Culture of Early through Medieval China (Shang through Tang)

Munich, Germany
Deadline: 1st Nov 2017

Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich, Department of Asian Studies

Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich is one of Germany’s largest and well-known universities. It offers its employees a wide variety of opportunities.

The Department of Asian Studies at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich is currently inviting applications for a non-tenure track position as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the rank of Akademischer Rat auf Zeit. Scholars should have expertise in two or more of the following fields, all pertaining to Early through Medieval China (Shang through Tang periods): a) archeology and material culture; b) paleography (excavated texts); c) history. Successful candidates will be well-versed in Classical Chinese and able to incorporate a wide range of different sources in their research and teaching. An interdisciplinary approach to archaeological and textual sources is also expected.

The successful applicant will be responsible to conduct research and teach undergraduate courses as needed. They will also assist in developing as well as teach in an English language MA program in Chinese archaeology and assume service responsibilities.

Applicants must have a PhD (or Dr. phil.) in Chinese archaeology or a related field at the time of appointment. Fieldwork experience and ongoing excavation projects in the PR China would be highly desired, but are not a prerequisite. German language skills at the time of appointment are desired, but not mandatory. However, business fluency is expected one year after appointment.

The position of Akademischer Rat auf Zeit is commensurate with the A13 pay grade of German civil servants, with additional benefits for a dependant and children (see “Grundgehaltssätze der Besoldungsgruppe A” and “Familienzuschlag” at German civil servants are not subject to social security contributions, which renders their net earnings internationally competitive. The position entails a three-year contract with the possibility of a three-year extension at the same pay grade. During this period, the completion of a so-called Habilitationsschrift is expected, after which an additional four-year extension of the contract at a higher pay grade may be possible. The appointment as a German civil servant is dependent on the fulfillment of all general civil service law requirements.

To apply for this position, candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy and research statement (no more than three pages each), and a writing sample (no more than 30 pages) to the following e-mail address by November 1, 2017:

Candidates must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be independently sent to the e-mail address mentioned above. Please remember to mention the names of your three referees in the cover letter.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The appointment is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2018. A later starting date may be possible pending candidate availability. In principle, a part-time appointment is possible. Severely disabled candidates with otherwise equal qualifications will be given preference. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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