Work With Us: Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Studies

Thursday, 17 June 2021

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Job no: 540928
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic
Classification: Academic Level A

Salary package: $73,309 - $92,015 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time (35 hours per week), Fixed Term (3 years)

About Us

The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. The College hosts the largest number of regional experts and specialist academic programs in the English-speaking world, and plays a vital role in informing public policy and Australia's intellectual engagement with the societies, cultures and economies of Asia and the Pacific.

For over 70 years, ANU Sinologists have pioneered new fields in Chinese studies and led the world in understanding Chinese societies. China expertise at ANU is housed in several academic departments across the College and elsewhere in the University, and is brought together by the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), which reflects the University’s and the Australian government’s commitment to deepening Australia’s understanding of and engagement with China.

The Opportunity

CIW is now seeking to appoint two Postdoctoral Fellows. The successful candidates will be expected to conduct research that deepens our understanding of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, or the Chinese diaspora, preferably with a focus on their interconnections in a globalised world.

One of the successful candidates will be expected to contribute to content and concepts for CIW’s online project, The China Story, comprising the China Story Yearbook and The China Story Blog.

The other candidate will be expected to serve as the Associate Editor of The China Journal, the world-leading academic journal of its kind.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be a member of CIW, which is the hub for the study of China across the ANU campus. They will also have a formal attachment to one of the College’s four Schools, appropriate for their discipline and research expertise: the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs, the Crawford School of Public Policy, the School of Culture, History and Language or the School of Regulation and Global Governance.

Our Ideal Candidate

Applicants should have a PhD, or be awarded a PhD within six months of appointment commencement, in a relevant discipline, with a track record of fieldwork and research in China, and the ability to undertake research using Mandarin Chinese (written and spoken), where these qualities are relevant to the area of research. For a full list of the selection criteria, please consult the attached Position Description.

What we offer

  • Work at Australia's #1 university, located in Canberra in a beautiful campus environment on the city's doorstep.
  • Access to generous funding for conference travel and research support.
  • Opportunities to access national and international networks of scholars, and through the regular programs of conferences, seminars and visits to the ANU, as a means of a broader contribution to public engagement.

This position is being offered as a full-time, fixed term appointment of up to three years, with the possibility of further extension subject to funding availability and satisfactory academic performance.


To enquire about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Benjamin Hillman – E:

Equity and Diversity ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

How to Apply

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.
  • Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be
    considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in this country. The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Please apply here.

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