Postdoctoral Researcher

SOAS, University of London - SOAS China Institute

Fixed term post from 1 March 2017 to 31 May 2018

About SOAS

SOAS, University of London is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, offering programmes in arts, humanities, languages, law and social sciences. Inaugurated in June 1916, SOAS has had an international reach since the arrival of its first students in February 1917 and is celebrating its Centenary in 2016.   

The role and its responsibilities

The SOAS China Institute is seeking to appoint one suitably qualified individual as Postdoctoral Researcher to work on a European Research Council funded project entitled 'Doing Intimacy: A Multi-sited Ethnography of Modern Chinese Family Life’, led by the Principal Investigator, Dr Jieyu Liu. The project is ethnographic in focus and aims to provide the first comprehensive study of practices of intimacy in Chinese families, their intertwining with gender and intergenerational dynamics, and interrelations with local and global change. 

Skills and experience

You will have a PhD in Sociology/Social Anthropology or a cognate discipline, with knowledge in topics such as family, men and masculinity, gender and sexuality. Ethnographic fieldwork experience in North China (i.e. Shaanxi province or Shandong province) and competence in local dialects are essential.

The post will be based in London however the project will involve periods of overseas fieldwork in China.

Further information

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and School closure days, pro rata for part time staff
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket loan, IT equipment loan
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial childcare support

Further information about the SOAS China Institute can be found at

To apply for this vacancy or download a job description, please visit

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing 28 November 2016.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

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