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.