CfA: Professorship in Chinese Studies with a Concentration on Modern China (Open Rank)


The University of Zurich invites applications for a professorship in Chinese studies with a concen­tration on modern China (open rank).

The position should be filled as soon as possible. Depending on the qualifications of the appointee, the professorship will take the form of a tenured full or associate professorship, or an assistant professor­ship with tenure track.

The focus of the chair to be filled lies on the Chinese-speaking world, in particular the People’s Republic of China and its rapidly growing international importance as a cultural, political and economic actor. Based on a high competence in original language sources, the appointee is expected to be capable of integrating cultural and social science aspects of contemporary Chinese studies into their research and teaching.

A PhD in Sinology/Chinese Studies completed at the time of application, or in a social science discipline, as long as equivalent China competencies can be proven, is required. Excellent skills in Modern Man­darin, as well as outstanding, internationally recognized research publications are a prerequisite. Rele­vant teaching experience, a track record in the acquisition of third-party funding, and academic admin­istration skills are expected. Applicants are also required to show a pronounced readiness for scholarly cooperation in contexts of transdisciplinary research and teaching, both within the University of Zurich and with national and international partners, and a willingness to engage with civil society. The future incumbent is expected to teach courses in German and English within three years of starting the posi­tion. The University of Zurich aims to increase the proportion of women and diversity in research and teaching, and thus explicitly invites applications from suitably qualified individuals.

The closing date for applications is 10 May 2023. Details on the application procedure are available on the web page of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the UZH. For further information, please contact Prof. Wolfgang Behr.