Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese History (19th and/or 20th century) University of Durham United Kingdom

Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese History (19th and/or 20th century)

The role

Based in one of the UK’s leading centres for the study of history, you will make an important contribution to the development of a dynamic research culture, building on the expertise of a strong and evolving group in Chinese and East Asian history. Making use of your own outstanding knowledge and the University’s important library and archival holdings in the field - including the Oriental Museum, which boasts more than 10,000 objects in its Chinese collections - you will carry out and publish excellent and original research. Passionate about the history of China in the 19th or 20th century, you will share your enthusiasm through exceptional research-led teaching. At Durham, you will benefit from a strong commitment to intra- and inter-disciplinary research, and from the resources of a host of specialist Research Institutes and Centres. You will also enjoy the advantages of a mentoring scheme to develop you as a historian, teacher and leader in the discipline and beyond.


We encourage potential applicants to come and see us at the AHA annual meeting in Washington, 4-7 January 2018


Vacancy Reference: HIST18-4


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You’ll need


  • A good first-degree, complemented by a PhD in 19th or 20th century Chinese history or a related subject (either completed, or currently in progress).
  • The ability to produce world-class research into Chinese political, social or cultural history, including a research plan which supports the activities of the department.
  • Proof that you have contributed to research groups and can mentor early career researchers.
  • The confidence to supervise PhD students.
  • Willingness to develop successful research project proposals, with the scope to secure funding or generate income.
  • Experience of delivering high-quality teaching across lectures and in smaller study groups, with the ability attain fellowship of the HEA.
  • Confident leadership and communication skills, with the willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team.


How to apply

We value and promote an inclusive and diverse working environment at Durham and we welcome applications from all individuals.


We prefer to receive applications online. For this role we are working with our partner organisation TMP (UK) Limited and your application will initially be submitted to TMP (UK) Limited via our website.


Please carefully read the job description for this post which outlines the documents which you will be required to submit, information about referees, contact details should you require further information and next steps including an indication of when interviews will take place.

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