Postdoctoral Researcher in Modern Chinese History (m/f/x)

LMU, Munich, Germany
Application deadline: 14th Apr 2024

The Institute of Sinology at the Department of Asian Studies (Faculty for the Study of Culture) at the LMU Munich is the largest academic institution for Sinological Studies in southern Germany. With four professors and 15 other scholars, the institute has a broad expertise in China’s language, literature, politics and society, history and religion.

We are looking for you: Postdoctoral researcher in Modern Chinese History (m/f/x)

Faculty for the Study of Culture – Department of Asian Studies, Institute of Sinology
Full-time (100%) (40 hours/week)
Start date 2024-10-01 (limited to two years, 2026-09-30)

Your tasks and responsibilities:

We are particularly interested in candidates with a focus on the cultural, social, and political history of either the Republic of China (1912-present) or the People’s Republic of China (1949-present). We welcome candidates whose scholarship overlaps with the Institute’s current expertise in the non-Sinitic societies of Central Asia and the religious, philosophical, legal and institutional history of late imperial China. However, we are also open to new topics, fields, and methodological approaches.

The position is under the supervision of Max Oidtmann, the Chair in Chinese and Central Asian History. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing their own research agenda and teaching undergraduate and MA courses in their fields of expertise. The position carries a teaching obligation of 5 “teaching hours” per semester (a teaching hour = 45 minutes). The postdoctoral researcher may also be assigned administrative tasks at the direction of the Chair.

Your qualifications:

The applicant must have a Ph.D. (or Dr. phil) in Chinese History or Sinology at the time of appointment. 
Fluency in English and a high level of proficiency in Modern Standard Chinese and Literary Sinitic is esstential. Knowledge of German is desirable.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently and in teams.


Pay is based on TV-L ‘Entgeltgruppe’ E13. The post is full-time (100%) with 40.10 hours per week.
The position is to commence on October 1, 2024. The first contract is for two years with possible extensions up to six years.
Your workplace will be in the center of Munich and is well connected through public transport.
LMU has signed the “Charter of Diversity” and is committed to the diversity of its employees. We actively promote equality between women and men.
More information on the Family Service of LMU can be found here,

Also possible in a part-time capacity.
People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


To apply for the position, candidates must submit

a cover letter, curriculum vitae
teaching philiosophy
a research statement (no more than three pages each)
and a writing sample (no more than 50 pages)

to the following e-mail: (one PDF, max. 5MB)

The submission deadline is April 14, 2024.

Interviews planned for week of may 6-10, 2024, and will take place via zoom. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Professor Dr. Max Oidtmann: .

For more information:

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