PhD position, focus Asian Maritime History





Duties and functions

PhD position in Non-European and Global History (4 years, full time, i.e. 30 hours), focus Asian Maritime History. Scientific support in research and teaching in the field of Non-European and Global History; administrative functions, independent research including the writing of a PhD; after the 3rd year of employment 2 hours of teaching are required. Participation in the research project “The East Asian Mediterranean – The Indian Ocean World: The Making of the First Global Economy in the Context of Human-Environment Interaction” is required (cf. ).

The successful candidate should possess a historical focus in the fields of inter-cultural relations, commercial, science and knowledge transfer, or inter-cultural environmental, technological or economic history of China between c. 500 and 1500.

Applications from candidates with a focus on the maritime history of China, Sino-Islamic relations, aspects of historical interaction between China and the Indian Ocean or Asia-Pacific worlds are especially welcome. The scholarship provides an opportunity to work in international and interdisciplinary network of scholars working on global history.

Required degree and qualification

Diplom or Master degree in Global History or a comparable degree, best in sinolgy or East Asian Studies,with a focus on Global History. In addition, a very good command of modern and traditional Chinese is required.

The successful candidate should be open for new methodological approaches including the combination of textual and archaeological sources, possesses a strong knowledge of classical Chinese and at least one other language related to the topic of his/her research. Experience in the analysis of historical inscriptions (such as tomb inscriptions) would be helpful. Working language will be English and/or German.

  • Capacity for teamwork required.
  • Salary: EUR 1,997,40 gros monthly (14 (!) monthly payments annually; the exact sum may be higher depending on the individual situation of the applicants.

Applications should be addressed to the rector of Salzburg University, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heinrich Schmidinger, and be sent in written form, indicating the number of vacancy (GZ A 0038/1-2015) with usual documents, cv, photo to the Serviceeinrichtung Personal, Kapitelgasse 4, 5020 Salzburg, Austria, and those in English additionally electronically via e-mail to:



 Closing date

Closing date for applications is May 6, 2015

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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