Jobs and Research Openings

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  1. University of California, Santa Barbara—Dept. of History (Modern SA History)
  2. University of Victoria—Department of Pacific and Asian Studies
  3. University of Chicago—Oriental Institute
  4. University of Chicago—Oriental Institute (post-doctoral fellow)
  5. New York University—Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
  6. University of Victoria—Department of Pacific and Asian Studies (2 positions)

University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of History. Applications are invited for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Modern South Asian history, c. 1500–Present. Appointment begins July 1, 2018. Minimum requirement: completion of all requirements for a PhD in History or a related field (or equivalent degree), except the dissertation (or equivalent). Especially sought is a scholar who can add breadth and depth to the department’s strengths in the historical dynamics of religious, linguistic and ethnic identities and relationships, movements seeking national and/or regional autonomy, the history of gender, race and sexualities, science and the environment, imperialism and decolonization, and/or public history; of interest also is a scholar whose research explores connections, whether through migration, financial transfers, trade, media circulation, travel or other means, between South Asia and other areas of the world. More information can be found online, where all application materials must also be submitted by November 24, 2017. Posted here 9.27.17.


University of Victoria, Department of Pacific and Asian Studies. Applications are invited for the position of tenured Associate Professor or Professor and Chair of Department, to begin 1 July 2018. The successful candidate will have expertise in one or more parts of the Asia Pacific region and/or expertise about the region as a whole. Disciplinary specialization is open to any field of the humanities, broadly conceived. Broad interests will be an asset, as will an approach to the region that emphasizes its relevance and significance from a global perspective. Duties will include research, undergraduate and graduate instruction, and administrative service, to include service as the Chair of the Department for a 5-year term. Applicants should hold a PhD in Asian Studies or a related discipline and be accomplished, internationally-recognized researchers, appropriate to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Candidates should supply evidence of their approach to pedagogy and their excellence in teaching. In addition, the successful candidate will show evidence of experience and potential in the supervision of MA and PhD students. The successful candidate will also demonstrate experience and success in project management and academic leadership, showing superior interpersonal skills, flexibility, and the ability to inspire others. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Application materials, which should include a cover letter, full c.v., and sample publications, should be submitted via email or mailed to: Chair of Appointments Committee, Department of Pacific & Asian Studies, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3045 STN CSC, Victoria B.C. V8W 3P4, CANADA. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent by email or mail as above. Informal inquiries can be sent to the Dean of Humanities, Chris Goto-Jones. Deadline for applications is November 24, 2017. Posted here 10.6.17.


The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago seeks to appoint a distinguished senior scholar of Ancient Iranian Studies to begin in the autumn quarter of 2018 or as soon thereafter as feasible. The exact specialization is open as long as the candidate focuses on the pre-Islamic cultures of Iran; the successful candidate may concentrate on the archaeology, languages, religion, art, or history of ancient Iran, or a combination of these. This is a tenured faculty position and will entail a joint appointment in the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. More information can be obtained and application materials submitted through the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website, posting ID: 03518. Posted here 10.10.17.


The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites applications for the Oriental Institute’s Annual Post-Doctoral Fellow Conference program for the 2018—2020 academic years. This is a twenty-four-month, non-renewable appointment. During the first year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize and conduct a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute on key comparatively oriented theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies (archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research). We encourage cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas. Applicants should take into consideration the research interests represented at the Oriental Institute. The conference will take place in early March 2019. Following the conference, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with publication staff to assemble and edit the proceedings for publication in the “Oriental Institute Seminars” series. During the second year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute and may have the opportunity to teach one quarter-length course on a topic of his or her choosing. The incumbent is also encouraged to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact with the Oriental Institute community. Ph.D. in a discipline relating to ancient studies must be complete at the time of appointment. Review of applications will begin on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018. Apply online, posting no. 03537. Posted here 10.25.17.


New York University, Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies seeks to fill a position in Hebrew Bible at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure track. The successful candidate will be able to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Hebrew Bible and related areas as well as to join in training and supervising doctoral students in the field. Preference will be given to candidates with training in the early history of the Hebrew language and Northwest Semitics. Ability to relate to other aspects of a comprehensive program in Jewish Studies is an asset. The appointment will begin September 1, 2018, pending administrative and budgetary approval. Ph.D. must be in hand by August 31, 2018. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017, but applications will be accepted until December 1, 2017. To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and all completed dissertation chapters online. Posted here 11.2.17.


University of Victoria, Department of Pacific and Asian Studies. Applications are invited for two positions, both a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, effective 1 July 2018. The first is in modern Japanese history, with the ability to situate the study of modern Japan in the broader Asia-Pacific
 region; the second is in modern Chinese literature and culture, including, but not limited to, expertise in one or more of film, new media, theory, and performing arts. For both, innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to research are especially welcome. Applicants to either position should have completed a PhD by 1 July 2018, have a record and promise of outstanding research as evidenced by publications or forthcoming publications, and also have demonstrated the potential for excellence in teaching. The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in his/her area of specialization, contribute to the department’s core courses on the Pacific-Asia region and participate in graduate teaching and supervision. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applications should include a cover letter, full c.v., and up to three sample publications. Applicants should also arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly. Application materials, including letters of reference, should be submitted by 5 January 2018 via email. Informal inquiries can be sent to Tom Saunders, Acting Chair of the Department. Posted here 11.16.17.