CfA: Research Associate for the Project “EXC 2176 Understanding Written Artefacts (Research Fields Inscribing Spaces/Graffiti)”


The Cluster of Excellence „Understanding Written Artefacts“, University of Hamburg, Germany ( invites applications for a PhD position of a Research Associate in Chinese Studies.

The position is part-time (75% of standard work hours per week) and fixed-term, with a duration of three years (1 January 2023 until 31 December 2025). The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Cluster’s Graduate School and participate in research colloquia, lectures and workshops. Furthermore, the position includes active engagement in ‚Inscribing Spaces‘ (Research Field B) or ‚Graffiti‘ (Research Field J), which in turn offer great opportunities of working in an inspiring interdisciplinary team and to join the collaborative research activities of the Cluster.


A university degree in a relevant field.
Preferred is a degree in Sinology, Chinese Studies, Chinese History, or a related field. Fluency in spoken and written English. Proficiency in Modern Chinese. Good command of Literary/Classical/pre-Classical Chinese if relevant to the project.

We welcome applications for projects with a clear focus on the study of written artefacts and relating to the research scope of the Cluster. Candidates should have a strong interest in cooperating beyond disciplinary boundaries, especially across the humanities, natural sciences and computer sciences. Against this background, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • production and use of written artefacts in public, domestic, and/or work spaces (including ritual spaces)
  • graffiti practices in premodern, modern, and/or contemporary East Asia
  • written artefacts and mechanical reproduction (seals, rubbings, woodblock printing)
  • interplay between manuscript and epigraphic production
  • written artefacts and provenance studies

Candidates must apply with a project proposal (in English) outlining their research interests of max. 5 pages (plus bibliography) including a brief summary, literature review, a detailed project description and a 3-year schedule.

Deadline for applications is 31 October 2022. More information on the position and how to apply is available here: