Jobs and Openings: August 4, 2014

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS), Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University, Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Religious Studies to be filled by January 1, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will link the Religious Studies program at ToRS with Asian studies programs in Japanese, Korean and Chinese Studies. It requires a command of a relevant East Asian language as well as a disciplinary foundation in Religious Studies including the theories, methods, and research history of Religious Studies. The successful applicant must be able to teach and supervise at BA and MA levels and in relation to religion in the relevant Asian society, and, where necessary, he/she must be able to include materials in the relevant language in his/her teaching. He/she must be able to supervise at PhD level. To apply, visit: The closing date for applications is September 4, 2014.

The Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Toyo Bunka Kenkyusho) at the University of Tokyo has an opening for an associate professor in its Department of Pioneering Asian Studies, starting on April 1, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The term of office is 5 years with no possibility of extension. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in the Humanities or the Social Sciences and should be engaged in research related to Asia (broadly defined). They must furthermore have a proven track record of publications of international repute (books and/or journal articles). Proficiency in Japanese language is not required, but the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the daily administration of the Institute. Instructions on how to apply can be found on: All applications must arrive via post by September 19, 2014.

Elon University seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in Chinese history (Qing dynasty to the present preferred) at the assistant professor level beginning in mid-August 2015. Applicants must demonstrate both excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level as well as strong scholarly potential. PhD in history is required as are strong language skills commensurate with the successful scholarly potential of any such candidate. Responsibilities include teaching upper and lower division courses in Chinese history and other areas of East Asian history as well as courses in transnational and global history. Applicants must also be willing to teach lower and upper division courses in the interdisciplinary common core. To apply, please send letter of application, CV, graduate transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, and a writing sample. All materials should be sent electronically to: Brian Digre at Applications must be received by October 1, 2014.

The Leipzig University Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies seeks to fill a W2- Professorship in "Society and Culture of Modern China." Responsibilities include research and teaching with regard to modern Chinese society and culture, as well as coordination of the Institute’s modern Chinese language program. In addition to excellent competence in the Chinese language, several years of relevant experience in teaching and research is expected. Applications need to include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of publications, teaching evaluations (if available), a copy of the highest degree certificate, certification of "Habilitation" (or a statement describing equivalent qualifications), 1 or 2 selected article publications, and an overview of current and planned research projects. For more information, visit: Please send applications by mail to: Universität Leipzig, Dekan der Fakultät für Geschichte, Kunst- und Orientwissenschaften, Herrn Prof. Dr. Manfred Rudersdorf Schillerstr. 6, 04109 Leipzig by September 26, 2014.

The Department of East Asian Studies at Dickinson College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in Chinese language and literature or film. The teaching load is five courses a year.  Applicants should be prepared to teach Chinese at all levels and topics courses in their discipline at the 200 and 300 levels. Applicants must also be willing to supervise senior theses, teach introductory survey courses for the department, along with first-year seminars. Native or near-native fluency in Chinese and English, and teaching experience at the college/university level are required. A Ph.D. must be in hand by August 2015. Please submit application materials online at including: 1) a letter of application, 2) CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, 3) three letters of recommendation, 4) available evidence of teaching success, and 5) a writing sample such as a dissertation chapter or article. Review of applications will begin on October 15 and will continue until the position has been filled.

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) invites applications for a Director of the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia. The Institute’s mission is to enhance our knowledge in various Asia-related fields and to promote our understanding of the contacts, mutual influences and manifold developments of Asian cultures. Research is mainly conducted in the fields of Indology, Tibetology, Japanology, Chinese Buddhism, Religious Studies and Buddhology. He/she is expected to successfully initiate 3rd party funding and to strengthen international ties, since both are an indispensable prerequisite for securing the long-term consolidation and further expansion of the Institute. Candidates are requested to send a cover letter, including a CV, list of publications with reprints of the 5 key publications, short description of the current and/or future research activities, as well as an outlook on the potential scientific development of the Institute to: President, o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anton ZEILINGER, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna, AUSTRIA. For more information, visit: Applications should reach us by October 31st, 2014. Late applications may be considered until the position has been filled.

Bard College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of Buddhist studies to begin fall 2015. Applicants should possess a broad and strong foundation in the formative or classical traditions and literatures of Buddhism in Asia, with appropriate language proficiency, and an understanding of later and contemporary developments within Buddhist traditions. The geographical area of specialization is open. The successful candidate will contribute to both the Religion and Asian Studies Programs and Bard’s First-Year Seminar Program. Ph.D. in hand or near completion is required, and teaching experience is highly desirable. Please send application materials including a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample through Interfolio by Committee: by October 15, 2014.

The Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University invites applications for an open ranked (senior or junior) position in Medieval Chinese Literature (Six Dynasties through Song). The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Ph.D. must be in hand or expected by September 1, 2015. For full consideration, please provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample (e.g., a dissertation chapter). Applicants must apply online at under #1400465. Junior applicants should also solicit three letters of recommendation. Recommenders should mail their letters directly to: Medieval Chinese Literature search committee, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 211 Jones Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544. Senior applicants should not submit letters of reference at this time. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University invites applications from scholars who specialize in Korean history or literature for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Ph.D. must be in hand or expected by September 1, 2015. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, detailed letter of application, writing sample (25 pages max), dissertation abstract and chapter outline, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants must apply online at: under #1400464. Recommenders should mail their letters directly to: Korean history or literature search committee, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 211 Jones Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Michigan invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured position in Premodern Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies beginning September 1, 2015. All applicants should possess a high level of proficiency in both modern and classical Japanese language. Successful candidates are expected to teach a range of courses in Japanese Literature, from introductory undergraduate lecture courses through graduate seminars and including courses in classical Japanese language; to supervise doctoral dissertations; and to participate actively in the programs of the department as well as in area studies initiatives within a larger university community that encourages interdisciplinary efforts. Please submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, teaching evaluations (if available), and a statement of current and future research plans.  Junior candidates may submit a placement dossier with representative publications or writing samples and at least three letters of recommendation. Senior candidates should include the names of suggested reviewers. Application materials, except letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically to The subject of your email must appear as follows: “Last name, First name”. Letters of recommendation should be emailed as PDF files to Applications must be received by October 15, 2014.

Wesleyan University’s History Department invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professorship in the history of China to begin July 1, 2015. Area of specialization and time period are open. Teaching responsibilities (2-2 teaching load) include surveys of the history of traditional and modern China and seminars designed for History and East Asian Studies majors. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2015. You will be required to upload a cover letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a chapter-length writing sample to: You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation. After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter or reference for you. Applications are due by November 14, 2014.