23/04/2020

Postdoc in Early Modern Chinese and East Asian History


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    HistoryEconomic history
    Other
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    07/06/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Leuven
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Part-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    20
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ERC-2018-AdG 833143
  • IS THE JOB RELATED TO STAFF POSITION WITHIN A RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE?
    Yes

Duties

Research in the field of early modern Chinese and East Asian socio-economic and intellectual history. The successful candidate has to focus on the examination of changing and varying concepts and perceptions, over time, of Chinese local elites, intellectuals, and officials towards trans-Pacific trade, the investigation of informal trading networks in (South-)East Asia (including the Ryūkyūs, Taiwan, and Satsuma), and the analysis of the cultural-intellectual and socio-economic impacts of trans-Pacific trade on local societies in China (especially Fujian, but also Guangdong), focusing on contraband trade and ‘piracy’ and human-environment interaction.

Research includes the investigation of Chinese documents from Ryūkyū, Taiwan, and, where necessary, Satsuma and may include documents in Manchu. In absence of own Manchu skills, other project members and external expertise can be consulted.

Further duties: Contribution to the project database, publication of articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and books, and active participation in the team’s international activities.

Selection process

Applications should include a cv, a publication list, 2 reference letters, and a brief research plan (½ to 1 page) in which you introduce your research and demonstrate how your work can contribute to the TRANSPACIFIC project.

Additional comments

The vacancy will also be advertised on the KU Leuven job site.

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    History
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    CHINESE: Excellent
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    SPANISH: Basic
    DUTCH: Basic

Skills/Qualifications

PhD degree in Chinese Studies, with a focus on history. In addition, an excellent command of modern and traditional Chinese and English, and elementary knowledge in Dutch, Spanish, and/or French is required. Basic knowledge of Manchu and Japanese would be desirable, but is not an absolute must.

Specific Requirements

The successful candidate should be open for new methodological approaches including the combination of textual, cartographic, visual, and archaeological sources, contribute to our data collection, possesses the required language skills and shows capacity for teamwork to contribute to the ERC project. Working languages will be English and Dutch.

Experience in working with excel and the collection of data.

Map Information

Job Work Location Personal Assistance locations
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
KU Leuven
Belgium
Leuven
3000
Blijde Inkomststraat 21 bus 3301

EURAXESS offer ID: 517033

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