The Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna announces the position of a Full Professor of Chinese Social Studies

Deadline: 10th June 2011

The Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna announces the position of a

Full Professor of Chinese Social Studies (full time, permanent position under private law).

The University of Vienna intends to increase the number of women on its faculty, particularly in high-level positions, and therefore specifically invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants women will receive preferential consideration.

As specified in the University’s Development Plan, the position is to be linked to the research areas “Cultures and Identities outside Europe (Cultural and socio-economic development in East Asia), Aesthetic Communication.

Chinese studies at the University of Vienna focus on contemporary China. In teaching and research, the emphasis is on:

– History and Society since the end of the Imperial Era

– Literature and Culture

– Politics, law and economy with special focus on the situation in Greater China since the 1970ies

Currently there are 750 students who are enrolled in Chinese studies at the University of Vienna. The department has a high international reputation, maintains regular contacts with universities in East Asia and the USA, and its faculty and staff are highly motivated and dedicated to the field.

The advertised position is intended to cover research in the field of Chinese Social Studies. Candidates will have an excellent research and teaching record in one of the following domains, with special consideration of one of the following subfields:

– In the domain of social studies: internal and international migration, demography and the problem of minorities, farmers

– In the domain of economy: correlation between ecology and economy, agricultural economics, economics of education, health economics

–  In the domain of political science: foreign policy, education policy, social policy

–  In the domain of Law: social law, constitutional law, building up the constitutional state in the Republic of China, Environmental Law

A comparative perspective on the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and/or Taiwan is desirable.

Candidates will have an excellent active command of the Chinese and German language. Habilitation (venia docendi) is desirable. If an otherwise promising candidate cannot provide this or an equivalent international qualification, it will be possible for him/her to start on a contract with limited duration, to be extended after positive evaluation.

Candidates are expected to collaborate with all colleagues at the department of East Asian Studies and to assume responsibility in academic administration.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

<   PhD and post-doctoral experience at a university or other research institution.
(Austrian or equivalent international academic degree in the relevant  field)

<   Outstanding research and publication record, with an excellent reputation as an active member in the international academic community ­ Habilitation (venia docendi) or equivalent international qualification in the relevant field is desirable)

<   Experience in designing, procuring and directing major research projects, and willingness and ability to assume the responsibility of team leadership

<   Experience in university teaching, and willingness and ability to teach at all curricular levels, to supervise theses, and to further the work of junior academic colleagues

The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in Bachelor programmes and participation in committees

The University of Vienna offers

<   Attractive terms and conditions of employment with a negotiable and performance-related salary, associated with a retirement fund

<   A “start-up package” for  the initiation of research projects

<   An attractive and dynamic research location in a city with a high quality of life and in a country with excellent research funding provision

<   Support for relocation to Vienna, where appropriate

Candidates should send an application containing at least the following documents:

<   Academic curriculum vitae

<   Brief description of current research interests and research plans for the immediate future

<   List of publications together with

a)      specification of five key publications judged by the applicant to be particularly relevant to the advertised professorship together with an explanation of their relevance

b)      PDF versions of these five publications provided either as email attachments or through URLs of downloadable copies (PDF versions of monographs need only be provided if easily available.)

<       List of talks given, including detailed information about invited plenaries at international conferences

<   List of projects supported by third-party funds

<   Short survey of previous academic teaching and list of supervised PhD theses

Applications in English or German should be submitted by email (preferably as PDF attachments) to the Dean of the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna, Univ. Prof. Dr. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik ( ), Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 1, A-1010 Vienna, no later than June 10th, 2011 with reference 126-2011.



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