Associate Professorship in Politics and International Relations of China

LOCATION: Department of Politics & International Relations, Manor Road, OX1 3UQ

SALARY: £52,815 to £70,918 p.a. plus additional benefits and allowances

The Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) in association with St Cross College are recruiting an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations of China to start from 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications are invited from both early career and established scholars who specialise in international relations, international political economy, or a closely related field with specialization in China.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct advanced research; to teach, supervise, and examine in the politics and international relations of China at the undergraduate and graduate level; and to play a part in the administrative work of DPIR and OSGA.

The post will be held in conjunction with a Fellowship at St Cross College. The Fellowship carries no teaching duties for the College, but the Fellow will be expected to participate in the academic life of the College, taking part in events for students, acting as a College Advisor for students, and playing part in the administration of the College.

DPIR and OSGA strongly encourage applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background as they are currently under-represented in academic posts.

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Nick Owen, Joint Head of Department at DPIR ( or Professor Paul Chaisty, Head of OSGA ( All enquiries are treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection decision.

We appreciate the effort and commitment involved in making a job application and want you to have a positive experience of applying for our vacancies. Please do not submit research materials or formal qualification evidence, unless and until you are asked to do so. Further materials may be requested from candidates who are short-listed. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and asked to make a short presentation of some aspect of their research to an audience of selection committee members and staff and students of DPIR and OSGA.

Circumstances such as caring responsibilities, ill health or disability may result in the quantity of a candidate's outputs being less than might otherwise be expected, therefore when considering candidate's research and publication record, career breaks will be taken into consideration.

OSGA holds a Bronze Athena Swan Award to recognise the advancement of gender equality, representation and progression.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.  You will be required to upload a CV including a full list of publications: details of teaching experience, a statement of research interests and future research plans, a covering letter or statement and a writing sample, which should be an article of a chapter.  You are also required to provide details of three referees whom you have asked to submit confidential reference letters to  Please ensure that your referees send their letters by the stated deadline for applications.


Only applications received online via the University's job pages here before 12:00 midday (UK time) on Monday 8 January 2024 can be considered. Please quote reference 169653 in all correspondence.



Senior Research Fellow in Taiwan Studies

LOCATION: Contemporary China Studies Programme, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies

SALARY: Grade 7: £35,308- £43,155 per annum


About the Role:

The contemporary China Studies Programme (CCSP) in the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), University of Oxford, seeks applications for a full time Senior Research Fellow role available from 1st August 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter, until 30th September 2025. The successful candidate will manage their own academic research on Taiwan and on Taiwan in comparative perspective and advance an exciting programme of academic research and associated communication activities that examine Taiwan’s multi-faceted experiences of innovation.


This is an opportunity to join the largest community of Area Studies scholars anywhere in the world. Reporting to the Principal Investigator and the Co-Investigator of the Taiwan Studies Programme, the post holder will be a member of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) in the Social Sciences Division with responsibility for carrying out academic research and teaching to anchor the newly established Oxford Taiwan Studies Programme.


The Research Fellow will specialize in Taiwan Studies whilst also having expertise in a disciplinary or interdisciplinary field including but not limited to politics, anthropology, sociology, human geography, political economy, economic history, media and communication studies, social policy or gender and sexuality studies. They will publish academic articles or monographs, edit special volumes and organize workshops on Taiwan and on Taiwan in comparative perspective; develop grant applications; curate an online platform of innovation case studies based on Taiwan’s experience; host visiting scholars and experts from Taiwan. The post holder will also develop and deliver a new postgraduate course on Taiwan in Comparative Perspective; contribute lectures and classes on Taiwan to existing courses; and supervise postgraduate students working on Taiwan. Furthermore, they will be responsible for drafting the annual report of the Programme’s activities for the Programme funder. 


About You:

We welcome applicants possessing sufficient specialist knowledge in both Taiwan Studies and in a disciplinary or interdisciplinary field to work within established research programmes and/or to establish and develop a new high-profile research agenda. Essential selection criteria include a relevant doctorate in politics, anthropology, history, political economy, sociology, human geography, media and communication studies, social policy or gender studies that focuses on Taiwan or examines Taiwan in comparative perspective, relevant research experience and sufficient knowledge of Mandarin language to allow conduct research in Mandarin and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field. Previous experience of university teaching especially in relation to Taiwan, established contacts and collaborations with researchers at universities based in Taiwan may be an advantage.


Application Process: 

Applications are to be submitted via the Oxford University’s website here. They should include a covering letter and curriculum vitae along with a list of any publications and the names of three referees. The supporting statement shall explain how you meet the selection criteria using examples of your skills and experience which may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependents). A detailed job description and selection criteria may be obtained below or by clicking ‘apply’. There you will also find further details of the application procedure.


If you would like to discuss this post or any other details that are not included in the job description attached, please contact Professor Rachel Murphy (Professor of Chinese Development and Society, Contemporary China Studies) at


Please quote the recruitment ID 165888 in all correspondence.  All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK Time) on Monday, 3rd July, 2022.


The interviews will be held remotely as soon as possible after the closing date.


Applications are particularly welcome from women and Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.


The University of Oxford holds an institutional Silver Athena Swan award, acknowledging the progress made in addressing a number of gender gaps across the University.