Oriental Oak Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Chinese Humanities

LOCATION: OSGA, St Antony’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford

SALARY: Grade 7: £38,592 per annum

University Vacancy ID: 162718

About the Role:

The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies invites applications from candidates with relevant qualifications and experience for a 3-year fixed-term postdoctoral research position, externally funded by the Oriental Oak Foundation. The role is available from 1st September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School is seeking candidates who demonstrate enthusiasm for developing their research profile and managing their own academic research and administrative activities. The successful candidate will be given an opportunity to launch their post-doctoral career, present and discuss their research, interact with the OSGA and St Antony’s College’s Area Studies Centres, exchange ideas, take part in and to contribute to the rich diversity of the academic and social communities at the School and St Antony’s College.

They will represent the Contemporary Chinese Studies Programme at external meetings and seminars, deliver ideas for new research projects generating research income and contribute to the wider intellectual life of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. In addition to research activities, the successful post holder will be asked to contribute a lecture and matching discussion classes on a topic related to their research, including classes on a research method with which they are familiar and postgraduate theses supervision.

The post will be based at St Antony’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford.

The University of Oxford offers a range of excellent benefits including training and development opportunities, generous leave and pension schemes, a range of travel schemes and excellent social and sporting facilities. For more details on the benefits of living and working in Oxford please see here. 

About You:

The successful candidate will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil together with relevant experience.

They will be able to demonstrate excellent communication and research presentation skills, fluency in written and spoken Chinese language, at or equivalent to native speaker level, and the ability to publish high-quality research in esteemed international journals, with esteemed international presses. Further essential criteria for the role include a first degree in a field of Chinese Humanities (with ‘Humanities’ including history, cultural studies, literature, philosophy, archaeology, and sociolinguistics) and sufficient specialist knowledge in this field enabling working within established

research programmes. Recent and extended experience of working, travelling or studying in China, with a deep understanding of the historical, cultural and social context of the country and its language(s) are also required. We welcome applications from candidates with previous experience in delivering teaching and thesis supervision, and from women and Black and minority ethnic candidates, who are historically under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

How to Apply:

You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your online application. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the University of Oxford link: Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Chinese Humanities, Vacancy ID: 162718

For initial queries about the post and application process please contact the HR team at Any questions about the post that are non-administrative should be addressed to Professor Rachel Murphy, Professor of Chinese Development and Society at OSGA, at

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on Tuesday, 7th February 2023.

Interviews are expected to be held remotely as soon as possible after the closing date.

Applications received after the closing date might not be considered.


Contemporary China Studies Programme Administrator

LOCATION: University of Oxford China Centre, Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6LU

SALARY: Grade 5: £27,131- £32,348 per annum

University Vacancy ID: 162800

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies as the Contemporary China Studies Programme (CCSP) Administrator on a permanent basis.

Since its founding in 2002 with a generous grant from the Leverhulme Trust, the CCSP has offered a vibrant focal point for study and research on the full spectrum of subjects concerning contemporary China and Chinese society.

The Programme is now seeking a talented, versatile and conscientious full-time administrator to support the day-to-day delivery and administration of the MSc and MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies, the organisation of events for the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme (CSASP) and the academic activity of colleagues in South Asian Studies more broadly.

About the Role:

This is a highly responsible role within the OSGA wider administration team of professional staff reporting to the Head of Administration and Finance, in a vibrant and dynamic University department.

The post holder will have a wide range of responsibilities from supporting the Programme Director and the school-wide OSGA Exam Board, administrative colleagues in Examination Schools, liaising closely with academic colleagues within Contemporary China Studies Programme and beyond, and providing administrative support with research ethics approvals.

The successful candidate will play a key part in developing and supporting the processes around the degree programmes and will be working closely with the School’s Academic Coordinator to ensure that all sources of course information are made available, as required by the University policies, ensuring a positive student experience. In particular, she/he will manage all enquiries from prospective and on-course students to the MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies and MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies; service relevant committees, provide secretarial and other administrative support to the programme.

Liaising effectively with colleagues from across and beyond the collegiate University you will take responsibility for coordinating the CCPS  events, facilitating the organisation of any hospitality, accommodation and travel arrangements, as required, including monitoring the budget allocated for each event. The successful candidate will also be managing the programme’s social media presence and its marketing and communications activities.

About You:

The post is very varied and stimulating, hence it will suit an individual who enjoys being part of a busy office in an environment of competing priorities. Applications are welcome from candidates with previous experience in academic and/or events administration, who are able to demonstrate a sufficient level of computer literacy,  good communication skills and an ability to produce high-quality, accurate, independent work with little supervision. Experience of working with social media is desirable.

Application process: 

When applying to this position, you will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement addressing how you meet each of the selection criteria, as listed in the job description. Further details regarding the selection criteria and details how to apply can be found here: CCSP Administrator_Advertisement Details

Informal enquiries are welcome: please email Any specific queries or matters, which are not referred to in the job description/further particulars, will be passed to the Programme Director, Professor Paul Irwin Crookes. Please quote the vacancy reference 162800 in all your correspondence.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 20th February 2023.

Applications received after the closing date cannot be considered.