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Postdoctoral Researcher
Archaeology and Material Culture of Early through Medieval China
(Shang through Tang)

Department of Asian Studies
Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich

Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich is one of Germany’s largest and well-known universities that offers its employees a wide variety of opportunities.

The Department of Asian Studies at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Mu-nich is currently inviting applications for a non-tenure track position as a Post-doctoral Researcher at the rank of Akademischer Rat auf Zeit. Scholars should have expertise in two or more of the following fields, all pertaining to Early through Medieval China (Shang through Tang periods): a) archeology and mate-rial culture; b) paleography (excavated texts); c) history. Successful candidates will be well-versed in Classical Chinese and able to incorporate a wide range of different sources in their research and teaching. An interdisciplinary approach to archaeological and textual sources is also expected.

The successful applicant will be responsible to conduct research and teach un-dergraduate courses as needed. They will also assist in developing as well as teach in an English language MA program in Chinese archaeology and assume service responsibilities.

Applicants must have a PhD (or Dr. phil.) in Chinese archaeology or a related field at the time of appointment. Fieldwork experience and ongoing excavation projects in the PR China would be highly desired, but are not a prerequisite for a successful application. German language skills at the time of appointment are desired, but not mandatory. However, business fluency is expected one year af-ter appointment.

The position of Akademischer Rat auf Zeit is commensurate with the A13 pay grade of German civil servants, with additional benefits for a dependant and children (see “Grundgehaltssätze der Besoldungsgruppe A” and “Familienzuschlag” at German civil serv-ants are not subject to social security contributions, which renders their net earnings internationally competitive. The position entails a three-year contract with the possibility of a three-year extension at the same pay grade. During this period, the completion of a so-called Habilitationsschrift is expected, after which an additional four-year extension of the contract at a higher pay grade may be possible. The appointment as a German civil servant is dependent on the fulfill-ment of all general civil service law requirements.

To apply for this position, candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vi-tae, teaching philosophy and research statement (no more than three pages each), and a writing sample (no more than 30 pages) to the following e-mail ad-dress by November 1, 2017:

Candidates must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be inde-pendently sent to the e-mail address mentioned above.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The appointment is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2018. A later starting may be possible pending candidate availability. In principle, a part-time appointment is possible. Severely disabled candidates with otherwise equal qualifications will be given preference. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions, please e-mail


The announcement of the post you find here as pdf file.