Postdoctoral Researcher in Early China

University of Chicago Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations


The Creel Center for Chinese Paleography of the University of Chicago’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations invites applications for a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the rank of Instructor.  We welcome applications from scholars with a background in any aspect of early Chinese civilization, though special preference will be given to applicants who propose to study paleography and/or unearthed documents.  The selected candidate is expected to be in residence and conduct their own research under the mentorship of a faculty member.  Further requirements include teaching two courses as well as participation in the graduate workshops, symposia, and other events sponsored by the center and the department.  The initial appointment is for two years, and renewal for a third year if possible, contingent upon budgetary approval and satisfactory review of performance.  Salary is competitive and includes benefits.  The anticipated start date for the appointment is September 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a field related to the study of early Chinese civilization by the start date of the appointment and must have no more than five years of cumulative experience working in a tenure track position following receipt of the Ph.D.  Applications should demonstrate an original research agenda and potential to produce high quality research in the future, as well as the applicant’s ability to be an effective teacher at the College level.

Application Instructions

All application materials must be submitted to the University’s Academic Recruitment site by the deadline of 11:00 p.m., central time, on May 04, 2021, at

Applications must include:

1) a letter of application;

2) a current curriculum vitae;

3) an abstract of the dissertation;

4) one chapter of the dissertation (or other suitable writing sample);

5) syllabi of two proposed courses; and

6) the names and contact information of three recommenders who may be asked to provide letters on behalf of the applicant.

Candidates may be asked to provide additional materials following the initial review of applications.  Position is contingent on final budgetary approval.

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