Research scholar in East Asian Intellectual History

Heidelberg University, Germany
Preliminary Deadline: 1st Nov 2012

Heidelberg University is opening the position of a Research Scholar in East Asian 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 group “Towards a Global History of Concepts” that aims to develop new ways of reconstructing conceptual

migrations and entanglements. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to these objectives in close collaboration with colleagues in European and South Asian Studies. An outline of the research group’s focus and its subprojects can be found here:

Candidates should hold a doctorate in Chinese, Japanese or Korean Studies, History, Philosophy, 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 and at least one East Asian language is essential; research experience in 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 research project (2-3 pages), two letters of reference, and up to two written samples via email to Professor Joachim Kurtz 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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