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University Lectureship in Chinese Studies (post-Han and pre-1800).

Vacancy Reference No: GU08971

 Salary: £36,862-46,696 pa

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in Chinese Studies available from 1 October 2012 or other date to be arranged thereafter. Successful applicants must have a strong publication record and experience in teaching classical and literary Chinese, sinological research methods, dynastic history, and/or pre-modern Chinese literature and culture at undergraduate and (preferably) graduate level. Native or near-native fluency in modern Mandarin and English will be assumed. Candidates must have obtained a PhD in a relevant subject area. We welcome applicants whose research focuses on any period post-Han and pre-1800. Applicants should be willing to offer undergraduate lectures and contribute to literary Chinese language instruction across the full time-span of imperial China.

Appointments made at the University Lecturer level will be probationary for five years, with appointment to the retiring age thereafter.

Candidates are asked to submit a CV together with a completed CHRIS/6 form, a statement outlining their research and teaching interests and identify two pieces of work they would like the Appointments Committee to read, sending hard and electronic copies to Mrs Mary Howe (, Faculty Administrator, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, UK.

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Roel Sterckx (e-mail:

Closing date: 31 January 2012

Interview dates: Week commencing 20 February 2012


University Lectureship in Chinese Studies (post-Han and pre-1800).

Role purpose

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s leading Universities, with an outstanding reputation for academic achievement and research. Cambridge comprises 31 Colleges and more than 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions plus a central administration. The purpose of the role is to support and maintain the University’s national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Contribution to teaching within the Department will include course development and innovation, lecturing, conducting seminars and supervising undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will also be expected to offer college supervisions which are remunerated by the colleges. Contribution to excellence in research will be through publications and other mechanisms submitted for consideration in the next national research assessment exercise.

Chinese Studies at Cambridge

In addition to an excellent teaching and research program on modern and contemporary China, Cambridge University has an active and internationally recognized program of teaching and research in the study of dynastic China. The very demanding linguistic and textual skills required to conduct research in literary Chinese sources are regularly taught as part of coherent first degree, master’s and PhD level courses. The University Library contains one of the most extensive collections of materials in Europe for the study of pre-modern China. The Library holdings, based on the donation of Chinese works by Sir Thomas Wade in 1885, are particularly strong in history, local and national; biography; geography; religion; archaeology and epigraphy; law and literature. Cambridge also holds a substantial collection of sinological publications in Japanese. The Aoi Pavilion in the University Library adds ease of access to the comprehensiveness of the collection. In addition Cambridge is home to a specialist library of materials relating to the history of Chinese science, medicine and technology at the Needham Research Institute, and a teaching library at the Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies.

At present the Department of East Asian Studies ( includes six permanent post-holders in Chinese studies complemented by language teaching staff and postdoctoral research and teaching fellows. It is expected that the post-holder will work alongside the Needham Professor of Chinese in providing teaching at undergraduate and graduate level in classical and literary Chinese, pre-modern Chinese history and any other area(s) of expertise in the pre-modern Chinese humanities she/he might have. In addition to offering lectures and supervising essay writing, candidates must be prepared to teach literary Chinese language and text readings at all levels. Most undergraduate teaching in Chinese studies at Cambridge is conducted in small groups. Cambridge admits around 20 undergraduates annually to read Chinese. Graduate teaching is conducted mostly through individual or small group sessions with a dissertation supervisor.

Requirements of the Post

The post-holder will contribute to the teaching of the undergraduate Tripos in East Asian Studies, including the teaching of classical and literary Chinese. S/he will also contribute to the teaching of Chinese history survey courses, assist in Tripos examinations, supervise MPhil students and play an active role in the further development of the curriculum. S/he will also be expected to recruit and to supervise PhD students. The successful candidate will hold a PhD and the promise of making an outstanding contribution to the Department of East Asian Studies. It is expected that the post-holder will form part of the Department’s REF submission, and the successful candidate will preferably show evidence of distinction in already published research in their application. Applications will be considered in any area of pre-modern China studies, from the post-Han period up to 1800. Native or excellent non-native command of modern Chinese and English is essential.

Duties and responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities associated with this post are those of a University Lecturer. In addition to the commitments to teaching and research outlined above these include: providing supportive materials for lectures and classes; responding constructively to student feedback; examining and second-marking scripts and dissertations; providing reports on dissertations; providing references for students and perhaps for academic colleagues; participating in the administrative life of the Department, including involvement in curriculum development; and participating in activities associated with research, such as attending and presenting papers at conferences and peer reviewing publications and applications.

Terms and conditions

The post is full-time. Appointment will be for five years in the first instance, with re- appointment to the retirement age subject to satisfactory performance. Salary will be in the range £36,862-£46,696 per annum (points 49-57 of the University’s pay scale), and it is expected that the starting salary on appointment will be limited to the bottom points of that range (i.e. points 49-52, which equate to £36,862- £39,107 per annum). Salary will normally rise annually by one point on the anniversary of appointment, to the maximum point 57. After this, advancement is through the University’s Senior Academic Promotions procedures. There is a facility for the post-holder to apply for one term’s sabbatical leave after each six terms worked.

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 socioeconomic factors.

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 the Administrator, Mrs Mary Howe ( . For additional guidance and information, applicants can contact the HR Business Manager responsible for the department they are applying to via

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