Position in Early Chinese Manuscript Studies at Heidelberg University

Preliminary Deadline: 15th Feb 2012

The Department for Chinese Studies (Institut für Sinologie) at Heidelberg University, Germany, invites applications for a Research Scholar position (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, salary level TV-L13, roughly equivalent to Lecturer in Britain or Assistant Professor in North America) in the field of Early Chinese Manuscript Studies (brush-writings on wood, bamboo, or silk from the 5th c. BCE to the 4th c. CE). The successful applicant will assist in coordinating the activities of a Heidelberg Center of Early Chinese Text and Culture, such as organizing workshops, maintaining international contacts and applying for funding, oversee the building up and maintaining of text and image databases as well as relevant library holdings, maintain an active and productive research agenda, teach (in Chinese, English, or German) one class per semester on the graduate level, and participate in regular reading groups.
Initial appointment is for one year with a possibility of renewal depending on the availability of further funding as well as performance.
Candidates should hold a doctoral degree (ABD considered) in a relevant discipline and have demonstrated expertise in early Chinese manuscripts through substantial published or forthcoming research on the subject.Candidates are also expected to have sufficient IT, Chinese language, and social skills as well as team spirit. Additional skills in other languages (such as Japanese, German, French, or Russian) will be advantageous but are not required.
The university seeks to increase the number of women in teaching and research, and requests qualified females in particular to apply. Under the condition of equal professional qualification physically challenged applicants will be preferred.
To apply, send a cover letter, a complete CV (including a list of publications and courses taught), academic transcripts (graduate level only as self-printout or copies/scanned versions), an outline of research interests and of the courses that could be taught in the field of early Chinese manuscripts (2-3 pages in toto), and two representative academic writing samples on the subject (articles or book chapters, either published or having been accepted for publication). These materials will not be returned, so please send in photocopies or PDF files only. Applications may be written in Chinese, English, or German and should be sent to:

Enno Giele
Institut für Sinologie
Universität Heidelberg
Akademiestraße 4-8
69117 Heidelberg
or via email attachment (PDF format!) to enno.giele@zo.uni-heidelberg.de. This email can also be used for further inquiries.
Review of applications will begin on 15 Feb 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

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