Vacant Position: Assistant Professor in Classical Chinese and Middle-Period China

Univ. of Cambridge, UK
Deadline: 8th Dec 2023

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor in Classical and Literary Chinese and Middle-Period China in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge UK, starting on 1 September 2024.

The successful candidate will deliver teaching in classical and literary Chinese at all levels, to the highest standard, as well as lectures and seminars on pre-modern China at undergraduate and graduate level. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the administration of the Chinese Studies program, offer supervisions (small-scale tutorials), and supervise research students at both the master’s and doctoral levels. An outstanding command of classical and literary Chinese is a prerequisite.

The successful applicant will engage in high-level research and publish in their specialist field. We invite applicants whose research and teaching interests are in medieval and middle-period China, broadly conceived here as the period from the end of the Han to the end of the Yuan. We welcome applicants in the fields of history, religion and thought (including Buddhism), Dunhuang and Silk Road Studies, and literature.

It is also expected that the appointee will have the opportunity to participate in teaching and examining at postgraduate level in their field of expertise. The role includes an active contribution to the administration of the Faculty’s activities. We welcome applicants with a record of excellence in research, commensurate with career stage, and a strong trajectory.

Candidates will have relevant teaching experience, have successfully completed a PhD in a relevant field by the start date for the post and be able to demonstrate active, collegial engagement in research, teaching and outreach.

For your application to be considered please ensure that you upload the following documents:

Cover Letter
CV, with publications
Please provide contact details of 3 referees that are familiar with your work. References will be requested at shortlisting stage.

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Friday 8 December 2023. We expect to hold interviews and selection activates in person for shortlisted candidates in February 2024, subject to change.

For questions about this vacancy please contact Prof. Roel Sterckx (; for questions about the application process, please contact the Deputy Faculty Manager

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