Research scholar in Chinese Intellectual History

Heidelberg University, Germany
Preliminary Deadline: 1st Nov 2012

Heidelberg University is opening the position of a Research Scholar in Chinese Intellectual History within the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” funded by the German Federal Excellence Initiative.

The three-year fixed term position is situated within the research project “Standards of Validity in Imperial Chinese Discourses.” The project is part of a collaborative research group

exploring practices of argumentation in transcultural perspective. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the research group’s objectives in collaboration with scholars in the history of logic and Buddhist Studies. Brief outlines of the research group and its subprojects can be found here: External Link.

Candidates should hold a doctorate in Chinese Studies, Philosophy, History, or a related field at the time of appointment and show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications or other achievements. Proficiency in English as well as classical and modern Chinese is essential; research experience in East Asia is desirable. German is not required but German language classes are available upon request.

The position, which can be filled immediately, is primarily devoted to research but entails some teaching (one course per semester) and administrative duties. It is ranked at the TV-L 13 level of the German academic salary scale, which roughly corresponds to that of Lecturer in Britain, Assistant Professor in North America, and Maître de conférences in France.

To apply, send curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, outline of a relevant research project (2-3 pages), two letters of reference, and up to two written samples via email to Dr. Martin Hofmann at

Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity/affirmative-action employer. In case of equality of qualification and suitability of applicants, the applications made by female researchers will be given preferential consideration. We also encourage and welcome applications from disabled persons.

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