Vacant Position: The Chong Hua Professorship of Chinese Development

Cambridge, UK

Deadline: 31st Jan 2019

The Board of Electors to the Chong Hua Professorship of Chinese Development invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in ‘global China’, broadly conceived to include China’s role in international development and international politics. Candidates will have the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and enhancing research in this broad area. They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration. The Professor will be based in Cambridge. A competitive salary will be offered.



1 The Professorship


The first Chong Hua Professorship was established in Cambridge in 2012 to further the study of China.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be considered for the Professorship on the basis of the following selection criteria, which they should address in their application.

  • An outstanding research record of international stature in ‘global China’, broadly conceived to include China’s role in international development and international politics.
  • The vision, leadership experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence, and an established record in attracting research grant support to further this development.
  • The ability to further the academic planning and strategic development of the Centre for Development Studies and the Department of Politics and International Studies in the University.
  • The ability to manage and interact effectively with staff and students at all levels.
  • An enthusiastic commitment to the recruitment, training and mentoring of the next generation of researchers, including undergraduates, research students, and postdoctoral research fellows.
    Candidates will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.

2 The Department of Politics and International Studies

The establishment of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) in January 2009 provided a new institutional focus at Cambridge for teaching and research on politics in all its dimensions; international and comparative, theoretical and empirical, abstract and practical.

The Department offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It has particular research strengths in international politics, including international history, foreign and security policy, political economy, comparative politics and political thought.
Further information about the Department can be found on our website:
The Centre for Development Studies is an autonomous unit within the Department headed by its own Director. Through the emerging Consortium for the Global South, the Centre is involved in close collaboration for the Centre for South Asian Studies, the Centre for African Studies and the Centre for Latin American Studies.

3 Standard Duties

Teaching and research
The Professor will be required to deliver lectures and give instruction in relevant papers, and in particular to perform the following duties:

(i) to lecture, or hold classes, at both undergraduate and graduate level, including delivering course(s) for the MPhil in Development Studies.

(ii) to undertake original work and the general supervision of research and advanced work in his/her subject in the Centre and POLIS, and to assist students in their studies by supervision or informal instruction.

The Professor will be required to undertake such university examining as may be required by the relevant Faculty Board or comparable body.

The Professor will be required to act as the supervisor of graduate students as and when requested.


Administrative duties are shared equitably among the teaching members of the Department and Faculty. The Professors are expected to play significant roles from time to time on the Faculty Board and Departmental, Faculty, School and University Committees. There is the expectation that the post holder will, at some point, take on the Directorship of the Centre of Development Studies, and may become Head of Department.

4 The Colleges

The University, the Faculties and Departments, and the Colleges are linked in a complicated historical relationship that is mutually beneficial but not simple. Students (both graduate and undergraduate) are admitted by one of the 31 Colleges, although in the case of graduate students the Faculties and Departments determine admissions before the Colleges are involved. Almost all undergraduates, and many graduate students, live in a College. The teaching of undergraduate students is shared between the Colleges and the Faculties and Departments, with the Colleges arranging small group teaching (“supervision”) and the Departments providing lecturing, laboratory classes, and advanced supervisions. Most academic staff will also be invited to join a College as a teaching or professorial fellow. College teaching is remunerated separately from the University teaching, and appointment to a College is a separate matter from a University appointment. Membership of a College adds an important social and intellectual dimension for many of the academic staff. The Chair of the Faculty/Head of Department or senior colleagues can give more advice.

The Scheme for newly-appointed University Officers seeking a College Fellowship is set out at:

5 Procedure for Appointment

The appointment will be made by a Board of Electors, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor or his Deputy, with a membership which includes members of the Department, members of cognate Departments and external experts.

All applications will be acknowledged. The Board of Electors will decide how they wish to proceed towards making an election, which may include interviews and/or presentations. Short-listed candidates may be invited to visit the Department to give a seminar on their work and meet prospective colleagues in the course of the process.
Candidates will be informed of the progress of their applications as agreed by the Electors.
It is anticipated that the successful candidate will take up the appointment on 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

6 Enquiries and Applications

Informal enquiries about this Professorship may be directed to Professor Jason Sharman, Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge,
Further information on the University is available at the following address:
Applications, consisting of a letter of application together with a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, should be made online no later than 31 January 2019.
If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Human Resources, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT (email


All appointments to University Offices are subject to the Statutes and Ordinances of the University.

A Salary
Salary on appointment will be determined by the Vice-Chancellor at the appropriate point on the University’s salary spine for grade 12, taking account of the criteria for the respective contribution band. Professorial salaries are reviewed periodically, on the basis of research, teaching and general contribution, by the Vice-Chancellor with the assistance of a small Advisory Committee.
There is a normal sabbatical entitlement of one term in seven on full pay, subject to the University regulations.

B Headship of the Department
Should a Professor be appointed to the Headship of a Department, a pensionable payment in addition to salary is made.

C Recruitment Incentive
The University has a scheme whereby a single recruitment incentive payment may be made on appointment at the Vice-Chancellor’s discretion.

D Removal Expenses
If the person appointed is not resident in Cambridge, a contribution from University funds towards expenditure incurred in removal to Cambridge to take up a University office will be made.

E Consultancy Work
The University’s policy on consultancy work is that consultancy arrangements must be entered into privately between the employee and the organisation concerned. The consultancy work must not interfere with the duties required of the officer under the officer’s contract of employment with the University. Consultancy work is not covered by the University’s insurances, even when the University has knowledge that such work is being done. The University must not be regarded as being directly or indirectly involved in any consultancy arrangement through the use of University letterheads, advice given or work done in the individual’s capacity as an employee of the University. Individuals undertaking private or consultancy work are advised to take out personal insurance.
Alternatively, professional indemnity cover may be obtained by channelling private work through the University company Cambridge Enterprise Ltd. Anyone wishing to do so should, in the first instance, contact Cambridge Enterprise at

F Professorial Fellowships
The great majority of Professors at Cambridge hold a professorial fellowship of a college. Although election to a fellowship is a matter for an individual college, the University takes active steps to draw to the attention of Heads of House the names of those Professors eligible for election. The Scheme for newly-appointed University Officers seeking a College Fellowship is set out at:

In seeking the views of referees, their permission will be sought for the release of their comments on the successful candidate if it were to be requested by the professorial fellowship electors of a college.

G Health screening on appointment to University Office and in the case of University Officers undertaking a change of duties

Offers of appointment made to prospective University officers whose work will fall within certain categories are conditional on the completion of a medical questionnaire and, if necessary, on a satisfactory health check by the Occupational Health Service.
Only the person elected will be asked to complete the questionnaire at the time of election.

H Family friendly policies and benefits
The University has a range of family friendly policies to aid employee’s work-life balance including maternity, paternity and parental leave, flexible working and career break schemes. In addition, childcare vouchers, access to two nurseries and a holiday play scheme are available through the Childcare Office to help support University employees with childcare responsibilities. Further information can be found at:

I Eligibility to work and reside in the UK
UK immigration procedures stipulate that an employer may not consider the appointment of any person unless they have seen evidence of their immigration status. Accordingly, shortlisted candidates, whatever their nationality, will be asked to provide such evidence at an appropriate stage in the recruitment procedure.

J Equal Opportunities Information
The University of Cambridge appoints solely on merit. No applicant for an appointment in the University, or member of staff once appointed, will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of sex (including gender reassignment), marital or parental status, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability (including HIV status), sexual orientation, religion, age or socio-economic factors.

K Information if you have a Disability
The University welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. Our recruitment and selection procedures follow best practice and comply with disability legislation.
The University is committed to ensuring that applicants with disabilities receive fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. Adjustments will be made, wherever reasonable to do so, to enable applicants to compete to the best of their ability and, if successful, to assist them during their employment. We encourage applicants to declare their disabilities in order that any special arrangements, particularly for the selection process, can be accommodated. Applicants or employees can declare a disability at any time.
Applicants wishing to discuss with or inform the University of any special arrangements connected with their disability can, at any point in the recruitment process, contact, Dr Gosia Wloszycka, who is responsible for the administration of the recruitment process for this position, by email on


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