Teaching Associate in Classical & Literary Chinese
University of Cambridge, Department of East Asian Studies
United Kingdom

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a Teaching Associate in Classical and Literary Chinese. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience teaching and supervising in higher education. This is a three-year fixed-term appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to take up appointment no later than 1 October 2016. The appointee is to have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment. The ability to read and speak Chinese is essential as is native or near-native fluency in English.

Chinese Studies at Cambridge began in 1888 when Sir Thomas Wade was appointed to the first Chair in Chinese Studies. He and his successors built up a long tradition of world class research in sinological scholarship. Over the last two decades, teaching and research in Chinese Studies at Cambridge has expanded into new areas to include modern history, society, anthropology, modern literature and film, and linguistics. The teaching and research in Chinese consistently receive top rankings in national assessments. Within the Department, seven academic staff work on China. Together with postdoctoral fellows, they form a vibrant community who regularly host workshops, conferences, and seminars. The Department frequently welcomes leading China scholars from across the world.

Student interest in Chinese Studies is expanding at all levels. At the undergraduate level, Chinese studies is a single subject course that aims to provide students with a firm grounding in both modern and literary Chinese as well as Chinese history and culture. At the graduate level, students can take a one-year M.Phil. or doctorate. Currently, around 30 candidates are working towards the PhD. It is a matter of pride that many of our former Ph.D. students now occupy important academic positions not just in the UK and Europe but across the world.

The post will be held in the Department of East Asian Studies. Students approach the study of China by achieving a thorough knowledge of its languages, both modern and classical. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in classical and literary Chinese and pre-modern history at all undergraduate levels. S/he may also be asked to offer text readings at graduate level and supervise undergraduate dissertations. The candidate is expected to participate in the setting and marking of examination papers, and undertake administrative duties.

The post-holder will cover teaching during the successive research leave periods of Dr Imre Galambos and Prof. Roel Sterckx. The hours of work will be agreed with the Head of Department in accordance with what is appropriate to the category of employment and duties. The Department expects the average university teaching load to be in the region of twelve hours per week during full-term (undergraduate teaching runs over 20 weeks per year). In addition the Teaching Associate is also expected to offer supervisions (small group teaching). These are paid by the colleges in addition to the University stipend.

To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' section of the advert published on the University's Job Opportunities pages. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. Referees of short-listed candidates will be contacted prior to interviews.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Roel Sterckx: rs10009@cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 20 April 2016 with interviews in early May. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Mrs Nadya Mullen:administrator@ames.cam.ac.uk, 01223 335107.

Please quote reference GX08660 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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