Associate Professor in East Asian History (post-1000) University of Durham United Kingdom

Associate Professor in East Asian History (post-1000)

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 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 - you will carry out and publish excellent and original research. Passionate about the history of East Asia, you will share your enthusiasm through exceptional teaching. You will also play a role in developing the department and its reputation - from securing external research funding, to participating in management roles, and potentially contributing to the development of interdisciplinary centres. 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: HIST18-3


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You’ll need

  • A good first-degree, complemented by a PhD in East Asian History (post-1000 China, Japan and/or Korea) or a related subject.
  • A proven ability to produce world-class research - ideally addressing topics in transnational, transregional or global history - including a research plan which supports the activities of the department.
  • Proof that you have contributed to establishing and leading research groups, mentored early career researchers and made a recognised contribution to the development of your research field.
  • An excellent track record of recruiting and supervising PhD students.
  • Willingness and ability to develop successful research project proposals, with the scope to secure funding or generate income.
  • Experience of delivering high-quality and distinctive teaching across lectures and in smaller study groups, with HEA (or equivalent) status.
  • 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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