Departmental Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese Society



Grade 7: £36,024-44,263 per annum

Deadline: Monday 20 May 2024

Oxford’s School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) is one of the largest communities of Area Studies scholars anywhere in the world. This vibrant and dynamic University department has research and teaching programmes dedicated to Africa, China, Latin America, the Middle East, Japan, Russia and Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Comparative Area Studies. The School welcomes students from all around the globe and offers seven MSc Degrees, six MPhil degrees, a DPhil in Area Studies, as well as the Oxford 1+1 MBA with Saïd Business School.

About the Role:

The Contemporary China Studies Programme (CCSP) at OSGA is seeking applications from candidates with relevant qualifications and experience for a full-time, two-year fixed-term Departmental Lectureship in Contemporary Chinese Society to commence on to start on 1st October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will lecture, tutor, supervise, examine, and handle course administration for postgraduate students as well as contribute to the wider intellectual life of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. They will also have the opportunity to conduct independent research. Their main duties include providing cover for postgraduate teaching on the MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies and the MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies for the core course, as well as contributing to teaching on the MPhil in Global and Area Studies. This encompasses qualitative methods teaching (lectures, classes and workshops) as well as setting, marking and providing feedback on all qualitative take-home assignments, and optional teaching, supervision for master’s dissertations –primarily for students from the MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies and the MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies and additional supervision for the MPhil in Global and Area Studies, and examining tasks (marking course exams, assignments and dissertations).

Expertise in any discipline relevant to contemporary Chinese society is required, along with a suitable research record appropriate to the career stage.

About You:

The ideal candidate should possess or be near completion of a PhD in sociology, anthropology, human geography, development studies, politics, or area studies (social sciences) that pertains to contemporary Chinese society with evidence that it will be submitted relevant doctoral thesis will be submitted by the starting date of the post.

To be successful in this role, you must exhibit a capacity to use Chinese language materials in research, and a track record of publishing high-quality research in international journals and presses reflecting your career stage. Also, commitment to teaching and an ability to contribute effectively to the teaching of graduate students in Contemporary China Studies and Global and Area Studies and to your own professional development will be crucial.

Applications are particularly welcomed from women and Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. The School holds a Bronze Athena Swan Award to recognise the advancement of gender equality, representation and progression.

How to Apply:

Applications are to be submitted via the Oxford University’s website HERE. Please click on the “Apply Now” button and follow the application instructions. You will be asked to upload a CV, including details of relevant publications, if applicable, and a supporting statement outlining how you meet the selection criteria including your research plans and teaching experience. Further details regarding the application process and information on how to apply can be found in the attached job description.

For initial queries about the post, visas and application process please contact the HR Office at Any queries about the post that are non-administrative should be addressed to Professor Patricia Thornton, Director of the Contemporary China Studies Programme, at

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on Monday 20th May 2024. Interviews are expected to be held remotely as soon as possible after the closing date.

Published date: May 1, 2024

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